Free Florida Living Will
Free Florida Living Will and Free Florida Designation of Health Care Surrogate
Free Florida Designation of Health Care Surrogate (health care power of attorney)
Before you decide to use either of these free legal forms available for immediate download, please carefully review the FAQs found on our website page entitled Florida Advance Directives, as well as all of the information provided on this page. You should also review the information provided by the free brochure “Making Choices: Beginning to Plan for End of Life Care,” that is produced by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (also available as a free download on this page). The most important thing to remember with regard to the free downloadable legal forms for the Florida Living Will and the free legal forms downloadable form for the Florida Designation of Health Care Surrogate is that they are “bare-bones” documents.
What we mean by that is these legal documents cover only the very basics that are allowed by the applicable Florida Statutes for these legal documents (copies of the applicable Florida statutes [Chapter 765] are also available for free download on this page), and these legal document forms do not provide for any additional provisions to cover issues that are specific to you and your personal needs.If you would like the assistance of an experienced Florida elder law attorney in determining whether your living will should contain more than the bare bones requirements to constitute a legal living will, please contact your Jacksonville lawyer for advance directives at 448-1969, toll free at 1-866-510-9099, or email us at Info@TheColemanLawFirm.net.
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The free Florida living will legal form must be witnessed by two witnesses who are not related to you, and who have no financial gain associated with your death (beneficiaries under your will should not be witnesses to your free living will form). You may also want to have a Florida notary notarize the free Florida living will, even though that is not legally necessary. The free Florida designation of health care surrogate legal form must also be witnessed by two unrelated witnesses, and can be notarized as well. The witnesses must sign the legal documents and provide their printed name and address.Many people, for a variety of reasons want their legal documents for living wills and health care powers of attorney to provide very specific language, and deal with specific issues that are of great importance to that individual, that may not otherwise be applicable to everyone.
If you personally have such a situation, you have the ability to expand the scope and coverage of these advance directives legal documents, so long as you comply with the provisions of the applicable statutes for living wills legal forms and for health care powers of attorney legal forms. That means you can annotate your free Florida living will to provide for the treatment you would like to have administered, or like not to have administered, based on different sets of factual circumstances that are specific to you. In other words, you have the right, within statutory limits, to guide and direct what is included or excluded from your free living will legal document and your free designation of health care surrogate (health care power of attorney) legal document.
The free legal form Florida living will and the free legal form Florida designation of health care surrogate documents that are provided on this page are those legal documents specifically provided for by Florida statutes. A legal document in the form provided satisfies the statutory requirements for a Florida living will or a Florida designation of health care surrogate (health care power of attorney). If you want broader coverage for your Florida living will or your Florida health care power of attorney legal forms, then it is advisable for you to seek the counsel of an experienced estate planning, wills and trusts, or elder law Florida attorney or lawyer. While there is significant latitude allowed for expanding the scope and coverage of your advance directives legal documents in Florida, the annotated living will legal form and health care power of attorney legal form must comply with the Florida statutes to be a valid legal document in Florida. Guidance by an experienced elder law or estate planning attorney or lawyer may be critical in that regard.
We have included information below regarding the Five Wishes Living Will that is provided by the Aging with Dignity organization. As suggested by Aging with Dignity, the use of a Five Wishes Living Will and the Florida statutory Living Will, in combination, may be the preferred alternative to seeking broader coverage of your living will legal document than the statutory legal form alone, and still provide peace of mind that the combination will comply with the Florida statutory requirements for these legal documents.
Another aid for you in determining the scope and coverage you may want in your living will and health care power of attorney legal forms can be found in a 2009 article from the Wall Street Journal. Additional assistance can be obtained from information on advance directives provided by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
If we can be of assistance to you in developing custom provisions for your Florida living will, or your Florida health care power of attorney, to ensure your specific needs and desires are met, please contact your Jacksonville lawyer for living wills atInfo@TheColemanLawFirm.net, or call us to schedule a no charge, no obligation appointment at 904-448-1969 (Toll Free 866-510-9099).