Wills & Estate Planning

What is an Advance Directive?

Would your family know your wishes regarding medical treatment if you became incapacitated and unable to communicate? Who would speak for you in such a circumstance and make sure your wishes are carried out? All too often, we avoid this discussion with our loved ones because talking about our own incapacity can be uncomfortable.  

But a little pre-planning now can save your loved ones from having to make painful decisions if you are ever physically or mentally incapacitated, or if you are ever suffering from a terminal condition.  Such pre-planning ensures that your wishes will be honored at a time when you may be unable to make your wishes known.   

The Florida Legislature has enacted legislation that establishes procedures which allow a competent adult to plan for incapacity. This pre-planning includes health care advance directives (a living will and designation of health care surrogate) and a designation of a pre-need guardian.  Although technically the designation  of a pre-need guardian is not an advance directive, the pre-planning for a guardian is often talked about in conjunction with the advance directive planning.

  • Health Care Surrogate - If you are unable to communicate your wishes, your designated health care surrogate has the authority to communicate those health care decisions for you.
  • Living Will – This document allows you to state what life prolonging procedures you wish to receive, or not receive, if you are terminally ill.
  • Pre-need Guardian – If you ever need a guardian appointed over your person or property a designation of pre-need guardian lets the court know whom you would like to be appointed to that position.   

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