A Living Will is one of those documents that you hope you'll never have to use, but is vital in the case of a medical emergency. A living will is another term for advance directive. This is a legal document detailing medical treatment preferences and/or end-of-life care if you are incapacitated (can’t communicate or make decisions for yourself).
An accident or illness can happen at anytime, and it's important that those closest to you know how you want to be treated if you can't tell the medical team yourself.
Did you know that there are several medical decisions you can make for yourself right now? Do you want medical professionals to prolong your life in certain situations? What quality of life is important to you? Do you want to live at all costs, or go peacefully if there is nothing more that can be done?
A Healthcare Surrogate (or commonly referred to as a medical power of attorney) is another part of your estate plan, and this details who can make the decisions above for you. This person does not have to be a family member, but make sure that it is someone who you trust to follow what you wish.
If you are on the fence about creating a living will in Florida, contact us to start the conversation.
Reference: Elder Law Answers (October 23, 2023), What to Know About Creating a Living Will