The advanced directives under Florida law consist of three documents: a designation of healthcare surrogate, a living will, and a durable power of attorney. Collectively those three documents are designed to avoid guardianship in the event of your incapacity. The power of attorney designates a person to make your financial decisions. The designation of healthcare surrogate designates a person to make your general medical decisions, and your living will states your preference regarding mechanical means of life support. Together they're there to avoid guardianship.
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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.