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Making an Advance Directive in Florida

  • What is a Florida Advance Directive?

    A Florida Advance Directive is a legal document that sets forth your preferences with regard to medical care, such as your acceptance or refusal of a certain medical treatment, and/or the appointment of a chosen decision maker.

    The person making an Advance Directive is called the "principal," and the individuals or organizations gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are known as "agents." Designed for Florida residents, this free Advance Directive can be used in Broward County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and in every other part of the state. Each Florida Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be fully personalized for your unique scenario. As a result of having this legal document, your medical providers will have a record of your preferences, and your agent will be able to offer confirmation that they have the authority to make choices for you when you are not able.

  • How do I make a Health Care Advance Directive in Florida?

    It is fast and simple to set forth your medical wishes using a free Florida Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Answer a few basic questions, and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share it - Discuss the document with your healthcare agent or get legal help
    3. Sign and make it legal - Required or not, witnesses and notarization are a best practice

    This solution is often notably less expensive and less time-consuming than finding and working with a conventional attorney. If needed, you may prepare an Advance Directive on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help them sign when ready. Please keep in mind that for this document to be valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. If the principal has already been declared incompetent, a conservatorship could be required. When managing this situation, it's a good idea to work with an attorney.

  • Do I need to make an Advance Directive?

    Every adult should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney) in place. Even though it is difficult to think about, there may come a day when you can no longer make healthcare decisions on your own. Typical situations in which you might consider it helpful to make or update your Advance Directive include:

    • You are facing the possibility of surgery or hospitalization
    • You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues
    • You've been diagnosed with a terminal condition
    • You are planning to move into an adult care facility

    Regardless of whether this Florida Advance Directive is being generated as part of a forward-looking plan or made in response to a change in your health, witnesses and/or notarization are highly recommended for protecting this document and your agent if their privileges are questioned.

  • Do I need to hire an attorney for my Advance Directive in Florida?

    Making an Advance Directive is generally simple; however, you or your agent(s) could need advice. Getting a legal professional to provide feedback on your Florida Advance Directive might be fairly time-consuming. An easier way to get a second pair of eyes on your document would be via the On Call network of attorneys. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you can have your documents reviewed by an experienced attorney. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer will be here to support you.

  • How much would I traditionally pay to make an Advance Directive in Florida?

    The fees associated with working with a lawyer to draft an Advance Directive might be between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer is not a run-of-the-mill Advance Directive template website. With our service, anyone under a Premium membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • Is anything else required once I have written my Florida Advance Directive?

    With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you can make edits, download it, or print it out. In order to finalize your Advance Directive, it needs to be signed. You should send a copy of your signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.

  • Does an Advance Directive need to be notarized or witnessed in Florida?

    The specific guidelines and restrictions will vary in each state; however, in Florida, your Advance Directive must be signed by two witnesses. Only one of your witnesses may be your spouse or another relative. As a basic standard, your witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none should also be acting as your agent.

    See legal references for an Advance Directive in Florida: Title XLIV, Chapter 765

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