For many, how we die is at least as important as how we live. A living will is usually the document that will express and govern your wishes regarding life support and medical care in the event that you become completely incapacitated.
- Do you want to be kept alive artificially?
- Do you want to remain on life support if you are in a vegetative state?
Depending on your beliefs, a Living Will is often the single most important estate planning tool. A Living Will is often referred to as an advance directive. A Living Will allows you to dictate the terms of your end of life.
The Living Will essentially is a written expression of your wishes relating to the use of extraordinary measures to extend your life when there is no reasonable expectation that you will regain consciousness or recover.
A Living Will is governed by Florida Statutes and must be prepared and executed a very specific and particular way. Many companies selling generic or "boiler plate" Living Will forms are not offering documents specific to Florida; when the time comes these documents will likely fail the test. Make sure that you meet with a Florida Attorney to prepare your Living Will.
Contact an Orlando estate planning attorney at the Kramer Law Firm at 407.834.4847 in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to discuss your estate planning needs.