Florida Medical Power of Attorney

Last Updated: 6/4/2015

Document Description

This Florida Medical Power of Attorney (also known as a health care power of attorney) serves one very specific purpose: naming an agent to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to make health care decisions for yourself. As you may have surmised by the name, it is Florida-specific and complies with all Florida statutes and regulations.

This form does not state your preferences for medical treatment however. To record your wishes for health care in the event you are incapacitated, and to provide guidance for the agent named in this power of attorney, please also complete a living will/advance health directive. A living will states your wishes for treatments like feeding tubes and life support, if you were to fall into a persistent vegetative state. We advise completing both documents, as they complement the other's purpose. (For further reading, check out How Is a Medical Power of Attorney Different from a Living Will (Health Directive)?)
Once you have drafted and signed your Florida Medical Power of Attorney, be sure to upload it to your Estate Vault and share access with your loved ones, so that they will have access if the day comes when you are incapacitated. Health care power of attorney documents are only legally valid if they are signed while you are lucid and healthy, so it's extremely important to draft one before anything happens to you.

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