In most states, including Florida, individuals can appoint third parties to make decisions for them if they become mentally incapacitated or otherwise too ill to make decisions regarding their medical care.
In Florida, residents can use several different types of forms or documents that allow others to help them make decisions for them. Before using any of these forms, you should contact our office or another experienced estate planning attorney to help you determine whether or not they would be suitable for your individual needs.
You may use a Health Care Surrogate Designation form to appoint a mentally competent adult to make decisions on your behalf regarding medical treatments and health care decisions if you become mentally unable to make them. If you become well, your designation form is no longer valid, since you can make your own medical decisions. A Health Care Surrogate Designation document is similar to a living will but serves different purposes. In the next two blogs, we will cover the definitions of both and the differences between them.