Medical professionals are required to take whatever steps possible to keep you alive in these instances. They err on the side of caution. If this is not your desire, you need to have the proper documents prepared and executed according to Florida Statutes, before the necessity arises. The alternative, a Guardianship, is a very costly legal process that can and should be avoided in your Estate Plan.
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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.