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Maintaining Autonomy Over Your Health Care in Later Life

April 14, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Webinar: Maintaining Autonomy Over Your Health Care in Later Life- Advance Directives Are the Key to Your Control


All of us face the possibility of incapacity in later life and decisions about our health care may need to be made by a trusted family member or friend. Will your representative – called the health care agent – have the legal authority to speak for you?

How will your agent know what your wishes are? How do you make sure your wishes, as expressed by your agent, will be honored by your physicians?

If there are disagreements among your family regarding medical decisions, how will they be resolved?

Does the law allow you to refuse medical treatment that may be life sustaining?

Join us for a webinar with experts in the field of end of life care and law to discuss these and other issues concerning your rights and strategies to enforce those rights


David C. Leven, JD, was the Executive Director of End of Life Choices New York from 2002 until July 1, 2016. A leading advocate for patients and an expert on advance care planning, patient rights, palliative care and end-of- life issues, David has played a key role in having legislation introduced and enacted in New York to improve pain, palliative and end-of- life care, including the Palliative Care Information Act. David lectures frequently to diverse professional groups, students and the general public, and is a regular guest lecturer at College of New Rochelle School of Nursing and Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law, he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Public Interest Law Award of the New York State Bar Association, Public Interest Law Committee.

Peter J. Strauss, JD, practices trusts and estate law and has a special interest in issues involving the rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 to 2014) and in New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition (2007 to 2015). Best Lawyers named him “New York City Elder Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. Peter is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, and director of the Guardianship Clinic, which he founded in 2003. He has written articles for many professional publications, including the New York Law Journal. Peter earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Bowdoin College.

Closed captioning will be provided.

End of Life Choices New York (EOLCNY), a non-profit organization, seeks to improve end of life care, and expand end of life options, to ensure a peaceful death for all New Yorkers. EOLCNY educates the public and health care professionals on end of life issues; provides free counseling and support to people who are preparing advance directives, caring for a terminally ill loved one, or who are approaching the end of life themselves; and pursues legal and legislative reform, including implementation and enforcement of advance directives and legalization of medical aid in dying.

Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC offers individualized Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, and Elder Law services to private clients, their families and family owned businesses. The mission of Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC is to empower our clients to achieve their goals, protect their families and navigate through the complex problems encountered by each generation.

Proceeds from the event will support End of Life Choices New York. End of Life Choices New York is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization #13-4048114.




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