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Advance Medical Directive Lawyer in Surfside

Lawyers Helping With Advance Medical Directives in Surfside and Pompano Beach

Advance medical directives are a way for you to communicate to your doctors in advance what types of medical care you would want if you were terminally ill and not able to speak for yourself anymore. Many people have strong feelings about life-prolonging treatment for terminal illnesses, or about being kept in a vegetated state. Living wills let you express your beliefs and effectively make medical decisions for yourself in advance.

The Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. will customize the terms of any living will or other advance directives we write for you to make sure your wishes are accurately and thoroughly expressed. Planning for end-of-life care can be uncomfortable, but it is important that you make these choices now to ensure that you are the one making them. Our firm strives to help clients take control of their own health care in advance.

South Florida Lawyers for Taking Control With a Living Will

A living will, like a designation of healthcare surrogate, is a type of advance directive that controls end-of-life care in certain medical events. It has no effect until your doctor determines that you can no longer make your own medical decisions and a second doctor agrees with yours that are terminally ill, have an end-stage condition, or are in a persistent vegetative state. As long as you are able to keep making your own choices, your living will controls nothing. It is also completely revocable up until it has taken effect, so you are free to change your mind at any point until then.

Everyone has their own personal beliefs about life-prolonging care and quality of life concerns. In making a living will, you will be asked to decide on a variety of issues concerning how you would want to be cared for when you can no longer express your wishes and a qualifying medical event has occurred. Whether you would want life-prolonging treatment in this scenario is a highly personal choice. By using a living will, you keep that decision in your hands and no one else's. When this document is in place, it is binding to your doctors.

At the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A., our team understands the sensitive nature of end-of-life planning. Our attorneys will guide you through the choices you have and make sure all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. We offer a range of incapacity planning services, including special needs trusts, powers of attorney, in addition to estate planning.

Making Choices With Advance Directives

Declarations of Health Care Surrogacy and living wills are both types of advance directives that are used to control certain aspects of your medical care when you are no longer able to give informed consent. A health care surrogate is a person you appoint to make health care decisions on your behalf. A living will allows you to make certain decisions more directly rather than relying on a surrogate.

The two are often used in conjunction, with the living will controlling whether life-prolonging treatment will be given and the surrogate making other day-to-day decisions. Both can be an invaluable part of planning for incapacity. Our attorneys will work closely with you to build the plan that is right for you. We believe that you are the best person to make health care decisions for yourself and can help you do so in advance.

Contact a Broward County Lawyer for Advance Medical Directives

If you are ready to begin expressing your health care wishes with a living will or other advance medical directive, the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. is here to help. Contact us at 954-981-9301 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout South Florida in Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.

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