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.
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.