LGBT ADVANCE DIRECTIVES IN JACKSONVILLE

LGBT Advance directives are crucial for gay, lesbian and same sex couples living in Jacksonville, Florida.   Advance directives are legal documents which will allow you to provide guidance and direction for future medical and health-care decisions and will allow you to dictate who you want to act in your place in the event you ever  become ill, injured or incapacitated and can no longer communicate your wishes.

It wasn’t too long ago when the Nation’s attention was on Florida resident Terry Schiavo.  This Florida case had a huge impact on the nation as to the importance of health care directives.  Due to the lack of any Advance Directives, drama and many court battles between the parents and husband of the comatose, Terry Schiavo, became everyday news.  The ensuing court cases (all the way to the Supreme Court) motivated many to have their advance directives prepared.  

Legal documentation is especially important to those in the LGBT community.  No one wants estranged family members or others not intimately connected to one’s lives making important health care decisions.  This is exactly what may occur unless your wishes and selection of a health care agent are executed pursuant to Florida Law.

Not only can these documents prevent interference by family members, but can be used to prevent a hospital or nursing home from banning a patient’s partner from their facility.  These legal documents identify who is to make health-care decisions and what those decisions should be. 

  • A Living Will applies to what are considered life-prolonging procedures.  This written declaration allows you to express your wishes that in the event you are in a certain medical condition, that you are not hooked up to life-prolonging or death delaying procedures.
  • A Designation of Health Care Surrogate allows you to select the person that you want to make health care decisions for you when you are not able to do so for yourself. — If there is not a Designation of Health Care Surrogate document in place a family member may be designated by proxy to make your decisions for you.
  • A Declaration Naming Preneed Guardian gives you the voice to state who you would want to be appointed as your guardian in the event a guardianship action was ever initiated.
  • A Hospital Visitation Release designates the person authorized to visit a patient/resident in a healthcare, nursing home or any facility one might find themselves in.

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