A Living Will is a written document that allows you to make advance decisions regarding life-sustaining or prolonging medical treatments. A valid living will must contain certain information as outlined in Section 765.303 of the Florida Statutes. Also known as Health Care Advance Directives, Living Wills are completely different from legal wills.
A legal will allows a person to decide who inherits his personal and real property. A living will or health care advance directive, on the other hand, is a written document that allows a person to make decisions regarding his own health upon physical or mental incapacity.
A valid living will must be in writing and signed by the person creating it in front of at least two witnesses. At least one of the witnesses must be unrelated to the person creating it and must not be a spouse. If the person creating a living will is physically unable to sign his document, he may direct another individual to sign it on his behalf. The third party signing a living will on the drafter’s behalf must sign it for the drafter in his physical presence. Finally, to create a living will, an individual must be mentally competent at the time he signs it.
Note that a living will created in another state is valid in Florida if it was valid in the other state. In other words, similar to a legal will, a living will created outside of Florida is enforceable in Florida if it complies with the other state’s laws.
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