Florida law allows you to plan for the event of your own physical or mental incapacity through healthcare advance directives. Living wills, Do Not Resuscitate Orders, and healthcare surrogates are Florida’s three forms of advance directives that allow you to express your wishes for your own medical care.
You might be considered incapacitated if you are in a coma or develop a disease that affects your memory, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. In that event, your healthcare provider will declare that you are no longer capable of making your own medical decisions, but advance directives give you a way of still expressing your wishes for providing, withholding, or withdrawing life-prolonging procedures; naming a health care proxy to make decisions on your behalf; or indicating your desire to make anatomical donations after death.
A living will is a written or oral statement that specifies the kind of medical care you would want or would not want in the event that you become unable to make important decisions for yourself. Unlike a last will, a living will takes effect while you are still alive.
Do Not Resuscitate Orders
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) is a form that allows you to declare whether you wish to be resuscitated by CPR in the event of a respiratory or cardiac arrest. A DNRO requires a doctor’s signature to be valid and must be on yellow paper. To designate other end-of-life decisions, you should consider a living will.
Your designated healthcare surrogate, also known as your healthcare power of attorney, can:
- Consult with your healthcare providers,
- Provide informed consent, and
- Make important care and treatment decisions based on what they believe to be your wishes or what is in your best interest.
To designate someone as your healthcare surrogate under Florida law, you must sign an advance directive with a written legal document in the presence of two witnesses (neither of whom can be the person you are designating as your health care surrogate).
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Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness or just want to make your medical preferences known, it’s important to consult with an experienced advanced healthcare directive lawyer to ensure your advance directives are part of a well-organized estate plan.
Advance directive lawyer Aaron Saoud and our dynamic legal team at AWS Law can help you customize your Florida advance medical directives today. We take pride in providing exceptional legal services that help Tampa families plan for the future.
We will walk you and your family through the entire process and ensure your directives are compliant with Florida law. Call any time, day or night, to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation with Attorney Aaron Saoud and our AWS Law team to discuss your healthcare preferences.
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