Estate planning in Wellington, North Palm Beach and throughout South Florida is more advanced than just determining what will happen to your property after you pass away. It’s also important as a process designed to help you determine resources that may be used while you are still alive to ensure that your wishes are protected in certain situations. In terms of your wishes regarding healthcare, the document most frequently used to do this is called a health care surrogate or a health care power of attorney.
This document names another individual who can make any and all healthcare decisions for you in the event that you become incapacitated. Under Florida law, including Palm Beach, you can appoint another person to make difficult decisions for you in the future if you are unable to make them for yourself. More often than not, a healthcare power of attorney is used by your appointed representative to make choices regarding life-prolonging treatments and procedures.
Not having such a document can create confusion and a troubling situation in the event of a sudden incapacity, which is why individuals of all ages should carefully evaluate the benefits of putting a healthcare surrogate in place. Having this in place for your protection, just in case, allows you to rest easy. This is true not only for individuals in Palm Beach Gardens, but for everyone.
Aside from the peace of mind that you may get from having an individual you trust serving as your healthcare surrogate, there are other benefits to this kind of planning. When used in tandem with a durable power of attorney, the frustration and expense of filing for guardianship proceedings can be avoided entirely, allowing your appointed representative to make decisions and to do so quickly and without hassle. At Blatt Legal, our years of experience can help ensure you have a robust combination of the documents needed to protect your wishes as much as possible through the Florida legal system.
The designation of a healthcare surrogate can prove very helpful in the future by empowering a surrogate to act expeditiously when his or her insight is needed most. During the period that the creator of the healthcare surrogate is incapacitated, the surrogate can consult with healthcare providers, give informed consent, and use his or her judgment to make healthcare decisions for the incapacitated individual. To start or update your healthcare surrogate form, contact us today for a meeting.