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Advance Directives

Advance Directives

Why Do I Need Advance Directives?

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

A living will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation

A durable power of attorney for health care is a document that names your health care proxy. Your proxy is someone you trust to make health decisions if you are unable to do so.

Advance Health Care Directives to Protect Your Children From Uncertainty

It's always difficult for a child who is unexpectedly thrust into the position of having to make medical decisions for a parent. You can help your children make decisions regarding your resuscitation and extraordinary medical care, should the need arise, with an advance health care directive.

In addition, every estate plan should include the following documents:

  • Living will: Generally intended to specify the circumstances under which you would like extraordinary life support administered, or not, as your life approaches its end.
  • Durable power of attorney: Grant another person the legal right to make financial decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so.

From our office in Gainesville, the estate planning firm of White & Crouch, P.A. advises and represents clients in communities throughout Alachua County, Marion County, Levy County, Putnam County, Clay County, Bradford County, Union County and Gilchrist County in North Central Florida. Call us at 352-372-1011 or contact the firm by email to arrange an initial consultation with us today.



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