A healthcare power-of-attorney is one of the documents that are known under the statutes in Florida as an Advanced Directive. The healthcare power-of-attorney specifically names another person to make your healthcare decisions in the event that you become incapacitated. Within the context of the Advanced Directives, you also would need to have a living will which states your preference regarding life support or mechanical means of life support, end of life decisions, and then also a durable power-of-attorney that allows another person to make your financial decisions in the event of incapacity. All three of those documents are necessary to avoid guardianship in the event of incapacity.
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Michael L. Cahill is an attorney and certified public accountant providing estate planning, probate and tax services in the St. Petersburg, Seminole, Largo, Clearwater and Florida gulf beach communities.