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 Yonge 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.