According to the 2015-16 APPA National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 65% of all households in the United States have a pet. Along with pet ownership comes the responsibility of ensuring your companion animal's care and well-being - even if that extends beyond your lifetime. Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. recently addressed the importance of protecting your pet's future and urges pet owners to consider including companions animals in their estate plan.
Over the last decade I have had many clients request that I prepare a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) for their signature. However, contrary to the understanding of most clients, a DNR is a medical order entered into the patient's medical record that requires the consent and signature of a physician as well as the patient. Under New York law, any adult patient can request a DNR.