Designation of Health Care Surrogate

It is very important to understand that a Designation of Health Care Surrogate is different from a Living Will. A Designation of Health Care Surrogate identifies who you want to make your medical decisions.  It can be drafted to be effective immediately or only to grant authority to act if you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself.  A Living Will addresses your wishes regarding end-of-life care.

The attorneys at Prather & Swank, P.A. can explain to you in detail how a Durable Power of Attorney and Designation of Health Care Surrogate work and why they are a critical part of your estate plan.  Contact Prather & Swank, P.A. at 239-288-4315 or fill out our online form.

Living Will

A Living Will is a declaration that addresses how and if life-prolonging procedures should be implemented for a person in one of three end of life conditions: end-stage, terminal or persistent vegetative state.  Furthermore, the condition must be irreversible with no chance of you ever regaining capacity to make the decision yourself.  It is very important to understand that a Living Will is different from a Health Care Surrogate. A Living Will addresses your wishes regarding end-of-life care. A Health Care Surrogate names who you want to make medical decisions for you and can be drafted to be effective immediately or only when you are unable to make such decisions for yourself.

If you are seeking legal representation or have questions about Living Wills, contact Prather & Swank, P.A. 239-288-4315 or fill out our online form.