State Your Wishes
There are many things to consider when deciding what and how much care you want when you are unable to speak for yourself. A living will, also known as a health care directive or advance directive, allows you to state your wishes for end-of-life medical care.
Living Wills Express:
Understanding Living Wills
What's the difference between a living will and a last will?
A living will, despite its name, isn't the same as wills that people use to leave property upon their death. A living will, also called a directive to physicians or advance directive, is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions. It has no power after death. It may include whether you want to be on a respirator, whether or not you want food and water given to you intravenously, and pain reduction preferences when you decide against life-prolonging treatments.
What's needed to make a living will legal?
While there are many places where you can get a template to help you create a living will, once you have created it, you must sign it in the presence of two witnesses, at least one of whom is neither the spouse nor a blood relative.
If I created my living will in another state do I need a new one in Florida?
Florida law will recognize a living will, which has been signed in another state, if it was signed in compliance with the laws of that state, or in compliance with the laws of Florida.
I have a living will, now what?
Once you have a living will, it is your responsibility to notify your physician of its existence. We recommend you provide a copy to your physician(s), at least one family member or friend, and keep a copy in an easy-to-find location.