Making decisions about medical treatment and end-of life issues is extremely difficult, and can be a burden for our friends and loved ones if they are unsure of our wishes. Creating advance directives now will allow you to make your health care wishes known and appoint a trusted person to carry them out.
A health care surrogate designation, durable health care power of attorney and living will are all referred to as health case advance directives. A health care surrogate designation and a durable health care power of attorney designate a person to make health care decisions for an individual should such individual become unable to.
At Drummond Wehle LLP in Tampa, Florida, we stress the importance of making advance directives - a health care surrogate document and a living will - part of your estate planning portfolio. In addition to making your wishes known, advance directives are a great tool for avoiding the lengthy and cumbersome process of obtaining guardianship.
Health Care Surrogate Document
The health care surrogate document is for appointing someone you trust - usually a family member or friend - to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated. This is similar to the functionality of a power of attorney for financial matters.
A living will is crucial as it allows you to clarify how you want decisions made in the vent of a situation such as being in a persistent vegetative state. Having this document on file can provide you and your family with peace of mind in the event of the unthinkable happening.
Declaration Of Pre-Need Guardian
Unfortunately, difficult medical situations can bring long-lost friends and relatives out of the woodwork. Sometimes, these unscrupulous individuals will attempt to establish a guardianship so that they can manage your decisions and, they hope, your assets. By preparing a declaration of pre-need guardian document, we can make sure you can choose whom you would want as your guardian in the event it ever became necessary.
To learn more about advance directives and the options available to you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. You can call our firm at 813-983-8000 or submit our online contact form.