Cape Coral Advanced Directive Attorney
Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. — Trusted Estate Planning Attorneys
An advance directive is a legal document that states your wishes for medical treatment if you are unable to make your own decisions. The document can be used if you become mentally incapacitated or unconscious. An advance directive can be used in conjunction with a living will.
An advance directive can address specific medical situations, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, artificial nutrition and hydration, or hospitalization. An advance directive can also appoint someone to make health care decisions for you.
If you become incapacitated, your advance directive must be signed by two different medical professionals who have examined you within the last six months and can attest to your condition. The document must also be notarized. An advance directive can be revoked at any time.
Advanced Directives vs Living Wills
An advanced directive and a living will are similar but have nuanced differences. Both are legal documents that express an individual's medical treatment wishes if they can't communicate. A living will focuses on end-of-life care for the terminally ill or those unable to communicate. It covers specific medical interventions like resuscitation, ventilation, nutrition, and hydration. An advanced directive is broader, including a living will and other preferences like appointing a healthcare proxy. A healthcare proxy can make decisions beyond what a living will covers. Laws vary by jurisdiction, so consult local regulations and professionals for guidance in creating these documents.
Contact Our Advanced Directive Lawyers
Our attorneys at Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. have experience helping clients with advance directives. We can assist you with the process and answer any questions you may have
Call Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. at (239) 970-6844 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an advanced directive lawyer near you.
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