Governor DeSantis has issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Center for Disease Control recommends community preparedness and everyday prevention measures to be taken by all individuals and families.  Residents should make sure their legal affairs are in order in case you may fall seriously ill and unable to manage your financial or health affairs.  You should contact your attorney to review your legal affairs including a review of your estate plan and review of important documents such as Durable Power of Attorney, Designation of Health Care Surrogate and Living Will.

 

A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document you can use to give someone else the authority to take specific financial action on your behalf.  The document remains valid and in effect even if your become incapacitated.  Before you provide another person the legal authority to make financial decisions on your behalf, you must assure yourself that the person is honest and trustworthy and will protect your best interests.   Click here for sample form: Durable Power of Attorney

 

Designation of Health Care Surrogate is a document designating a person to make health care decisions for you or receive health information for you when you lack capacity.  Click here for sample form: Designation of Health Care Surrogate

 

Living Will is a legal document which directs your end of life desires with regard to your health care.  The purpose of this document is to provide you with the opportunity to direct any provisions, the withholding of, or withdrawal of any life-prolonging procedures in the event you should have a terminal condition, or persistent vegetative state or end stage condition.  Click here for sample form: Living Will

 

You should consult an attorney for specific legal advice concerning the use of these forms.