Having peace of mind today sometimes requires planning for the future. At Rooth & Rooth Elder Law Attorneys, we know how important it is to be prepared for any scenario. That’s why we recommend that our clients execute a written health care surrogate and a written living will.
What Is a Living Will?
A living will is a legal document that you sign, giving your doctors, family members, and loved ones instructions on the type of medical care you would like to receive if you are unable to communicate. In Florida, a living will provides your written wishes if you have a terminal condition, or an end-stage condition, or you are in a persistent vegetative state. Medical doctors must determine your “reasonable medical probability of recovering” before your designated health care surrogate implements your living will instructions. Your living will can specify which life-prolonging procedures you agree to ahead of time, as well as those you do not consent to. Be sure to discuss your living will with your healthcare provider, as he or she can offer valuable insight into the details that may be necessary to include. Your religious beliefs may affect your final instructions and you should take time to discuss the drafting of a living will with your clergy so your living will reflects your religious beliefs.
Why Do I Need a Living Will?
Sometimes injuries and illness leave people incapacitated and unable to communicate their end of life wishes. This can create a stressful situation for loved ones who must try to guess what the person’s wishes might be, and sometimes they will make decisions based on emotions rather than what their loved one would want. By drafting a living will, you remove all uncertainty about your end of life preferences and the sense of guilt your health care surrogate may have if there was no written living will. A written living will ensures that you will be treated the way you choose while also alleviating responsibility from the people closest to you. Your living will is not just about your care, it is also for the benefit of your loved one who will have to make that difficult end of life decision for you. A living will gives them peace of mind as well.
How Can Rooth & Rooth Elder Law Help?
At Rooth & Rooth Elder Law, our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience working to protect the rights of the elderly. Our practice is dedicated entirely to elder law, so our team has extensive knowledge on the ins and outs of legal matters that directly relate to our aging loved ones. Whether you would like advice about drafting your living will, appointing a power of attorney, managing trusts, or estate planning, contact us today to set up a consultation. We understand the unique needs of our clients, so our offices are handicapped-accessible and easy to navigate. Call us at (727) 397-4768 today for more information.