Florida Estate Planning Lawyers Help Prepare Advance Directives
Gainesville law firm enabling families to make decisions when a loved one is incapacitated
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to clearly articulate your preferences regarding lifesaving medical interventions. Many people don’t include advance directives when estate planning, but they are crucial documents that can save your family heartache during a medical crisis. No one wants to force their family to make a hasty decision under extreme duress. Marraffino Law Firm in Gainesville advises you on the various contingencies you can address in an advance directive so that a clear plan exists for your treatment if you lose the ability to communicate. We have 30 years of experience assisting clients throughout Florida to ensure their wishes are upheld.
Attorneys empowering people to manage their own medical and financial concerns
Advance directives can set forth instructions on various matters and come in several forms, including:
- Living wills. A living will states what kind of medical care you are to receive should you be too sick or injured to express your wishes. It is not a will in the conventional sense as it does not distribute property and is meant to be executed while the person is alive.
- Durable powers of attorney. In the event that you are not able to participate in decisions about your medical treatment or financial matters, a durable power of attorney authorizes someone you trust to make choices on your behalf.
- Do not resuscitate orders. If someone is terminally ill or too frail to recover from physically taxing forms of intervention, a DNR instructs medical personnel to refrain from performing CPR and other lifesaving measures.
Marraffino Law Firm will take the time to discuss each of these options so that you can be comfortable that every item you wish to address is covered appropriately.
Skillful counsel to avert future disputes over life-and-death decisions
Through the years, there have been numerous stories in the media detailing protracted court battles among family members over the treatment of incapacitated relatives. Marraffino Law Firm attorneys formulate documents clearly enough that there is no room for misinterpretation or argument. This way, your family can avoid expensive litigation and move forward.