Florida Living Will
Laws regulating Living Wills, or Advance Health Care Directives, may vary from state to state. In Florida, a Florida Living Will allows your family, your physician, and your health care providers to make decisions on your behalf in regards to suspending or continuing medical treatment. The Florida Living Will offers very limited circumstances where your wishes to suspend treatment can be effectively fulfilled: you must be mentally and physically incapacitated, and your doctor and a second physician are agreeing within the limits of reasonable medical probability that further medical treatment will only artificially lengthen the process of dying.
A Living Will typically gives specific instructions about what course of treatment should be followed by health care providers, family, and appointed caregivers. Some people may make clear in their living will that they refuse any kind of medical treatment intended to only prolong life; or they may express the wish that any supply of aliments or water via tubes or other medical devices be suspended. The Living Will, which can be very general or very specific, becomes effective only if an incapacitating event has made the person unable to give an informed consent or refusal to medical treatment.
An example of a very specific instruction that you may find in a State of Florida Living Will is: “If at any time I am incapacitated and I am in a persistent vegetative state, and if my attending or treating physician and another consulting physician have determined that there is no reasonable medical probability of my recovery from such condition, I direct that life prolonging procedures be withheld or withdrawn when the application of such procedures would serve only to prolong artificially the process of dying, and that I be permitted to die naturally with only the administration of medication or the performance of any medical procedure deemed necessary to provide me with comfort care or to alleviate pain.”West Palm Beach Estate Planning Attorney Alfred G. Morici has more than 35 years of experience. Call him for a free initial consultation today at 561-471-2551, or contact him online.