Welcome. A Living Will is a written declaration of instructions to your physician and family regarding the withdrawal, withholding or provision of life-prolonging procedures at the end of life, when there is no chance of recovery or cure.
The procedure for signing a legally valid Living Will in Florida is governed by Sections 765.302 through 765.304 Fl. Stat. The person making the Living Will is referred to as the principal.
A Living Will must be signed by the principal in the presence of two subscribing witnesses, one of whom is neither a spouse or a blood relative of the principal. The decision to make a Living Will is a very personal decision and can be individualized.
Most importantly, by making this end of life decision in a legal document, your family will be relieved of the burden of having to make that decision for you. A Living Will can give peace of mind to you and your family.
It is recommended that the principal also designate an individual to act as a health care surrogate to make medical decisions including the end of life instructions set forth in a Living Will.
While the subject of end of life is difficult to think or talk about, a Living Will, can assure your voice is heard by your family and physicians.
The Law Firm of Diane Zuckerman can assist you in preparing your living will and advising you on additional estate planning, contact us today for your initial consulation.