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Making a Living Will in Florida
A Florida Living Will is a legal document that sets forth your preferences related to medical care, such as your request for or refusal of certain medical treatments and procedures, in addition to the optional appointment of a trusted healthcare agent.
The person making a Living Will is known as the "principal," and the individual or organization obtaining authority to carry out the principal's wishes is called the "agent." Suitable for Florida residents, this free Living Will can be used in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and in every other region in the state. Any Florida Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be fully customized for your unique scenario. This legal document will provide proof of your preferences to health care providers, and it will certify that your selected representative has the authority to make choices for you when you are not able.
It's very simple to set forth your medical preferences with a free Florida Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route will often be much less expensive than working with a conventional provider. If needed, you can fill out this Living Will on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help them sign it after you've drafted it. Please note that for this document to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship may be required. When managing such a situation, it's best to speak with a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 years old should have a Living Will in place. Even though it can be tough to acknowledge, a time may come when you aren't able to make medical decisions on your own. Common circumstances where it would be useful to make or update your Living Will include:
Whether your Florida Living Will has been generated as part of a long-term plan or produced as a result of a change in your health, witnesses and/or notarization will often help to protect your document if a third party doubts its legitimacy.
Making a Living Will is generally easy to do; however, you or your agent might still have questions. Having someone review your document can take longer than you would expect if you attempt to do it alone. An easier approach worth consideration is to go through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Rocket Lawyer Premium members are able to request guidance from an experienced lawyer or pose other legal questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
The fees associated with hiring a legal provider to draft a Living Will might add up to between two hundred and one thousand dollars, depending on where you are. Different from many other Living Will template providers that you may encounter, Rocket Lawyer provides members up to a 40% discount when hiring a lawyer, so an On Call attorney can assess the situation and take action if you ever require help.
With a membership, you may edit it, save it in Word or PDF format, and print it out. In order to turn the Florida Living Will into a legally binding document, you need to sign it. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive copies of the final document.
The guidelines and restrictions governing Living Wills are different in each state; however, in Florida, your document must be signed by two witnesses. Only one of your witnesses may be your spouse or another relative. As a basic standard, witnesses should be at least 18 years old, and none of them should also be your agent.
Florida Living Will Laws: F.S.A § 765.302(1)