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Estate planning lawyers assist individuals with living wills in Fort Pierce Florida. 

FLORIDA –  December 14, 2020

Florida estate planning not only includes actions to be taken after a person’s death with regard to their assets and liabilities, but it also spells out the actions to be taken for an individual’s medical care in the event they cannot speak for themselves.  A Florida estate planning attorney can help with the completion of these very important documents to make sure common scenarios are spelled out in the living will.  In Florida, this essential documentation is sometimes called a medical directive, or advance directive, and covers an individual, or family members regarding medical power of attorney and do not resuscitate orders.  A Fort Pierce estate planning attorney will explain how these documents will serve individuals when they are not able to speak for themselves.

Advance directive may include:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to restart a heart when it stops beating. Determine if and when resuscitation by CPR or a device that stimulates the heart should be undertaken.
  • Mechanical ventilation takes over breathing when someone is unable to breathe on their own. Be clear about if, and how long a person should be on a ventilator.
  • Tube feeding supplies the body with nutrients and fluids intravenously or via a tube in the stomach. Clarify if, and how long tube feeding should continue.
  • Dialysis removes waste from your blood and manages fluid levels if your kidneys no longer function. Specify if, and how long treatment should continue.
  • Antibiotics or antiviral medications can be used to treat many infections. Determine if treatment should be undertaken.
  • Comfort care (palliative care) includes any number of interventions that may be used to keep an individual comfortable and manage pain, including wishes to die at home, receiving pain medications, oral relief with ice chips to soothe mouth dryness, and avoiding invasive tests or treatments.
  • Organ and tissue donations for transplantation can be specified in a living will. If organs are removed for donation, life-sustaining treatment may continue temporarily until the procedure is complete.
  • Donating a body for scientific study also can be specified.

Do not resuscitate – do not intubate.

An individual does not need to have an advance directive or living will to have do not resuscitate (DNR) and do not intubate (DNI) orders. To establish DNR, or DNI orders, inform a doctor about these preferences so they can write an order and keep it as part of a medical record.  Speak to an elder law attorney about the significance of a living will versus DNR, or DNI orders.

Legal counsel.

Seek legal counsel to address questions and concerns regarding the importance of a living will in estate planning documents in Florida.  Contact an experienced attorney at The Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Fort Pierce Florida to answer questions regarding inclusions to the advance directive and storage and accessibility to those who will carry out an individual’s wishes.

The Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.I.

2940 S. 25th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 772-828-2588

Sources.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0765/0765.html

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2018/731.201

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