PRACTICE YOUR RIGHT TO DECIDE
A catastrophic accident or illness can happen when you least expect it, taking away your ability to make your own decisions about your medical and health care treatment. If that were to happen to you, would you be prepared?
Every Florida Estate Plan should include a Designation of Health Care Surrogate, which allows you to appoint another person (or persons) to make all health care decisions for you, in the event you cannot communicate or make those decisions yourself. The Health Care Surrogate is a witnessed document naming the person who will be authorized to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself. A Health Care Surrogate may be used alone or in conjunction with a Living Will and a HIPAA Release.
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Healthcare Surrogate FAQ
Is a Healthcare Surrogate mandatory?
In Florida, you are not required to have a Health Care Surrogate or other Advance Directive.
What happens if I’m unable to make decisions for myself and I don’t have a Healthcare Surrogate?
If you do not have a Health Care Surrogate, Florida courts will make these decisions for you. The Designation of a Health Care Surrogate is a critical document that everyone should have.
What are the benefits of having a Healthcare Surrogate?
In emergency situations, the Designation of a Health Care Surrogate will serve to eliminate delays in your treatment, confusion and debate about what to do, and anxiety on the part of the decision-maker. This is especially true if you are in a situation where there might be tension or feuding in the family about who is going to make those decisions for you. Your family members may have different opinions about what decisions should be made for you. Also, your family, spouse, or other relatives may not be the people you wish to act on your behalf during a critical time.