A Florida living will is a legally backed document that allows an individual, referred to as a Declarant or a Principal, to place their end-of-life desires in writing. In this document, the Principal will declare what they will and will not consent to while they are in a terminally ill state. For example, a Principal may instruct that should their heart ever fail, they do not want to resuscitated, while others may refuse a blood transfusion. Florida uses Title 765 to define living will laws, which require Principals to be competent, legal adults. Furthermore, living wills must be signed in the presence of two (2) witnesses; one of whom may neither be a spouse or a blood relative. Flordia allows these documents to be revoked at any time by the Principal, as long as the revocation is properly communicated.
With the proper information, the Florida Living Will document can be completed fairly quickly. The first step that the Principal will take is to establish their identity by providing their full name, address, phone number, and gender. Next, the Advocate will be appointed by providing his or her full name, address, telephone number. If the creator wishes to appoint an alternate advocate, the same information will be provided of the alternate Advocate.
The next section of the document will detail the Principal's healthcare wishes. These wishes will range from blood transfusions and testing to CPR and feeding tubes. Next, the Principal will detail all of his or her wishes regarding specific wishes in various circumstances. Once all of the Principal's wishes have been detailed, he or she will then sign and date the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses. The witnesses will then sign, and the document may then take effect.