Although many states have begun to relax COVID-19 restrictions, including Florida, the virus is still very much alive and affecting the lives of both the young and old. Each day, cases continue to rise as does the death toll. With so much uncertainty that lies ahead of us, now has never been a better time to prepare your estate plan that outlines your end-of-life decisions.
While your estate plan should address what will happen to your estate if you become incapacitated and how you want your assets distributed when you pass away, you may also want to include a medical power of attorney. A medical power of attorney is someone who makes medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so. When assigning someone as your medical power of attorney, you might consider choosing someone who:
- “Is not intimidated by medical professionals and is willing to ask challenging questions.”
- “Can put aside their own feelings about a particular procedure or medical option in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out.”
- “Understands your wishes about medical options and end-of-life care.”
If you know who you want to serve as your medical power of attorney, you will also want to discuss with them potential circumstances that might arise and how you would want them addressed. WebMD has outlined a few discussion points that can help you during these conversations, some of which we have shared with you down below.
- Your thoughts and feelings about being fed or hydrated through a tube.
- The types of treatments you are open to receiving (i.e. antibiotics, tube feeding, or mechanical ventilation).
- How aggressive you want your doctors to be about the use of CPR in the event your heart stops.
- What are some things you fear regarding the types of treatments you might receive?
- Identify “circumstances under which you would want more aggressive measures taken to sustain your life.”
Although you might be healthy and well right now, we don’t know what the future holds for us. When designating someone as your medical power of attorney, it is important that you cover all grounds, even the areas you think may never apply to you.
Now, assigning someone as your medical power of attorney isn’t something that can be decided upon overnight and it certainly isn’t something that should be done without an experienced Pompano Beach, FL estate planning lawyer’s help.
Therefore, if you are ready to prepare your medical power of attorney document and want to be sure it comports with Florida’s laws, contact Express Law to speak with a Coral Springs, FL estate planning lawyer.
Express Law can be reached at:
2900 West Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073