A Healthcare Advance Directive is a written or oral statement detailing your wishes regarding medical decisions which should be followed in the event you are not be able to make them yourself. It can also express your wish to make an anatomical donation after your passing.
Some individuals make an oral declaration in the presence of family members, close friends, or to their doctor upon being diagnosed with an illness or disease. Oral declarations present a higher probability of disputes between family members over what should be done in specific medical circumstances. That is why it is always advisable to use proper estate planning documents to express your wishes, so that your choices are clearly defined regarding any medical treatment or refusal of medical treatment for various medical situations you may encounter.
Ronald L Sims, P.A., represents the legal rights and goals of those involved in advance healthcare directive, or other estate law issues or disputes in Orlando and the Central Florida area. For a confidential legal consultation, please call 407.843.5885.
Estate planning tools used to express your Healthcare Advanced Directive choices commonly involve, but may not be limited to:
Florida Law recognizes the right of a competent adult to make an advance directive for healthcare, instructing his or her physician to:
A Healthcare Advance Directive may not only beneficial in ensuring your wishes regarding medical treatment in various conditions are followed, but also in aiding in reducing additional stress on your family by ensuring they are not left to make painfully difficult decisions, in difficult times. In most cases, the family may even have a sense of peace in knowing they are ensuring their loved ones choices are followed according to their loved ones wishes.
If you have questions, concerns, or legal needs regarding an advance healthcare directive, or other estate law issues, we urge you to seek the legal advice of an experienced Orlando advance healthcare directive attorney & lawyer.