The Florida statutes regarding Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates date to 1992. Under these statutes, Living Wills and Designations of Healthcare Surrogates created before 1992 are valid if legally sufficient when created.
Even though they may survive legal challenges, these documents are intended to avoid legal interpretations, not invite them. These statutes have been amended by the legislature many times since 1992. Because of these changes, some medical professionals may only look to the most recent language, and they may not honor older documents even though they may be legally sufficient.
Do not let an older document render your wishes invalid.
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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.