Wills are not documents that should only be thought about creating in the later years of your life. It is imperative to, throughout your life, update your existing will as your life changes so that your loved ones can be taken care of and your assets can be secured.
At Veliz Katz Law, we work with clients to draft comprehensive living wills. These documents allow you to outline how you want your health care to be handled should you become incapacitated. To start working with our knowledgeable attorneys, contact us today in Orlando, Florida, for a free consultation. We advise clients throughout the area, including residents of Kissimmee, Winter Park, and Maitland.
The most important thing to note about a living will is that provisions can be made related to the continuation of life support or state of living if an individual cannot make decisions for themselves. A living will does not have jurisdiction after death. If you are seeking counsel for the preparation of a last will and testament, contact us at Veliz Katz Law.
Without a living will, families and health care providers are left to determine circumstances for individuals unable to consent to medical procedures or termination of care. Unclear provisions can often lead to disputes resulting in litigation over which party reserves the right to make the final choice and/or which choice in a matter should prevail.
Similar to a legal will, it is up to the creator how much detail is to be included in a living will. The more information you choose to include about your wishes, the more helpful you could be to healthcare administrators or your family members.
A living will allows an individual to stipulate what medical procedures they agree to be performed on them. For example, if an individual does not wish to be resuscitated or kept on life support with no brain activity, they could stipulate this in a living will. A Health Care Surrogate can also be designated for the purposes of making health care decisions in the event the creator of the living will become unable to consent to medical procedures.
Having a living will in place can bring you peace of mind knowing your health care wishes are legally outlined.
In order for a living will to be considered valid in the state of Florida, it must be signed by the creator in the presence of two witnesses. One of these witnesses cannot be a blood relative or a spouse. Florida will recognize a living will that was signed in another state if that living will is in compliance with the laws of the other state or of Florida. After the living will has been made effective, it is recommended that a copy is made available to the creator's physician to be filed in their medical records.
If you are interested in creating a living will, get in touch with us today at Veliz Katz Law. We'll set you up with a free consultation. Our team will listen intently as you outline every detail you want your living will to address. Once we have a firm understanding of your goals, we will get to work drafting your custom legal document.
Contact our office in Orlando to get started. We work with clients in Kissimmee, Winter Park, Maitland, and across Central Florida. In addition to living wills, we also assist with various other aspects of estate planning. Discover how we can help you protect your family and preserve your legacy.