Understanding the Florida Health Care Power of Attorney Statute
Writing down your wishes about future medical treatments can be helpful if you become incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. That is why most states have specific laws allowing you to define those wishes in a document called an advance health care directive. This guide covers the basic details of the Florida health care power of attorney statute and shows you the easiest way to create any advance directive—by subscribing to DoNotPay.
An advance directive is a written document or oral statement in which you give instructions about your health care preferences if you become incapacitated. Florida advance directive statutes govern the creation of this document in the state. Florida also accepts advance directives created in other states, as long as they were created according to the laws of those states.
The Florida health care power of attorney statute—which is a part of the Florida advance directive statute—allows you to appoint someone as your health care agent. The agent (sometimes called a surrogate, proxy, or attorney-in-fact) will make health care decisions on your behalf in case you become incapacitated or terminally ill. You can also authorize the agent to exercise their rights immediately—e.g., not wait until you’re incapacitated.
A health care power of attorney is a legal document in which you name your health care agent and define their rights and responsibilities. The document should include:
- The agent’s personal details
- The health care powers you transfer to the agent, including potential limitations to their powers
- Alternate agent’s personal details
- Special instructions
- Names and signatures of witnesses
A Florida health care power of attorney is also referred to as a:
- Florida medical power of attorney
- Florida designation of health care surrogate
- Florida health care proxy
You can also combine a health care proxy with another type of Florida advance directive—Florida living will. Unlike the health care power of attorney that can be used in all areas of medical care, a living will is limited to emergency and end-of-life care choices. The cost of a living will varies depending on how you choose to create the document.
To be considered legally valid in Florida, a health care power of attorney must be executed as follows:
|Signing Requirements||Choice of an Agent|
||You can choose anyone who is at least 18 years old and capable of honoring your wishes, such as:
Are you ready to create your medical power of attorney or a living will? You can hire a lawyer to complete the task but know that their services are expensive. Online templates are free, but they are also unreliable and may not comply with state laws.
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All you have to do is:
- Visit DoNotPay
- Search for Advance Health Care Directive
- Answer our chatbot's questions regarding your health care wishes and the chosen agent
- Type in your witnesses' names
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You can also learn more about advance directives—such as the difference between a health care proxy and standard power of attorney and the specifics of an advance directive form—by checking out our knowledge base!
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