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Total Life Choices (TLC) provides free legal services to promote and protect the dignity of each individual.  TLC attorneys and volunteers empower individuals in articulating and documenting crucial lifetime, incapacity, and end-of-life choices through education and legal planning.  TLC counsels families on complex court procedures for probate, administration and guardianship.



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Total Life Choices (TLC)
New York Legal Assistance Group
7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 613-5000
Fax: (212) 714-7402

Health Care Advance Directives Presentations

Through the generous support of Linda Rodgers Emory, TLC staff offers presentations to inform and instruct individuals about health care Advance Directives (Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and DNRs). Interested individuals will also be offered free registration with the U.S. Living Will Registry®, a secure online document storage service. NYLAG is the only not-for-profit organization that provides free registration with such a service. Presentations also include a workshop where TLC staff will assist attendees in properly completing their health care Advance Directives.

These presentations are available free to all New Yorkers.
Topics covered in this presentation include:

  • A brief overview of NYLAG’s free legal services
  • Health Care Advance Directives: Their Use and Importance

- Who should have health care Advance Directives?
- What happens if you do not have a health care Advance Directive: summary of the new Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA)
- Health Care Decision making: What Are Your Rights?

  • Overview of Documents

- Living Will Forms: Life-Sustaining Medical Options.
- Health Care Proxy Forms: The Health Care Agent Relationship, Roles and Responsibilities.
- DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order): Different Than a Health Care Proxy or Living Will.

  • The U.S. Living Will Registry®

- History and Purpose.
- Benefits of Registration.
- Registration Process: How it Works.

  • Total Life Choices

- How to Contact TLC.
- Resources and Assistance.

Complimentary Forms, Informational Materials and On-Site Assistance Provided at Presentation:

  • Living Will forms
  • Health Care Proxy forms
  • U.S. Living Will Registry® forms
  • TLC Assistance – staff will assist attendees in properly completing their health care Advance Directives forms on-site and register the documents with the U.S. Living Will Registry®

If you wish to schedule a presentation and training for your staff of medical or social service professionals, the session will also include:

  • Customized Training

- Staff will be well versed in the importance of health care Advance Directives (Health Care Proxy, Living Will and DNR).
- Staff will be equipped to assist their clients in properly completing the forms.
- Staff will be able to complete their own health care Advance Directives.

  • Additional free copies of forms and informational materials to provide to clients

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Total Life Choices provides free legal education seminars and trainings on legal planning to community groups and medical and social service professionals. To schedule a TLC presentation, contact Tina Janssen-Spinosa, Esq. at (212) 613-5062 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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