Regardless of age, residents of Florida should prepare for the future. In some cases, this means having an advance directive in place. Today we will take a look at what advance directives are. This includes their purpose, how you use them and more. 

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines advance directives. An advance directive is a legal document signed by a competent person. The document provides guidance for the creator’s wishes. Medical and health-care decisions are the most common. If the writer is ever incapable of making their own decisions, a trusted loved one consults this document. Reasons can include: 

  • Falling into a coma 
  • Entering a vegetative state 
  • Suffering from debilitating brain damage 
  • Developing a mental disability or neurological disorder 

Living wills are a type of advance directive. The second main type of advance directive is a healthcare power of attorney. You can edit some advance directives while alive. This allows you to have full control over what you want to have happen if you become incapacitated. If your opinions or thoughts ever change, you can change the directive to fit your narrative. 

If you have an advance directive, you should create copies of it. Keep the original file in a safe place. Copies can go to your agent, doctors and close family members. If you have a primary care figure, they should also get a copy. So should anyone who will be in charge of your estate after your passing. 

Advance directives are a crucial part of preparing for the future. No matter what happens to you, you should have a say in your health and personal matters.