Health Care Directives

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Health Care Directives, sometimes called Advanced Directives, enables you to decide your medical care in case you become unable to do so in the future. We discuss your concerns and your legal rights. We give you the appropriate tools to make sure your wishes are followed and your family has the ability to communicate those wishes and to direct your medical care in case you cannot.

Protecting your Family and your Future

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The Right To Decide

Every competent adult has the right to make decisions concerning his or her own health, including the right to choose or refuse medical treatment. When a person becomes unable to make decisions due to a physical or mental change, such as being in a coma or developing dementia (like Alzheimer’s disease), they are considered incapacitated. To make sure that an incapacitated person’s decisions about health care will still be respected, the Florida legislature enacted legislation pertaining to health care advance directives (Chapter 765, Florida Statutes). The law recognizes the right of a competent adult to make an advance directive instructing his or her physician to provide, withhold, or withdraw life-prolonging procedures; to designate another individual to make treatment decisions if the person becomes unable to make his or her own decisions; and/or to indicate the desire to make an anatomical donation after death.

What are Health Care Directives?

Health Care Directives are the documents prepared to enable your family and loved ones to communicate on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Health Care Directives include documents such as a Living Will and a Health Care Surrogacy.

In Florida, the legislature has specific requirements for the execution and witnessing of advance directives, which should:

  • Express your wishes regarding the medical care you want to receive if you are incapacitated and cannot communicate your own desires.
  • Empower people you know and trust to make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot make your own decisions.

Designation of a Healthcare Surrogate

In Florida, the person you name to make decisions for you is called your surrogate.

Most people name someone they trust to carry out their wishes such as a spouse, partner, relative, or close friend. The person does not have to be a Florida resident; but should be able to be present in order to carry out your wishes.

Health Care Surrogacy vs Power of Attorney

We help clients untangle their complications and concerns and help build paths to stable futures. Assisting clients throughout South Florida, we maintain flexible appointment options and reasonable legal fees. Take a look at what previous clients have to say about us here!

Schedule a consultation at our law office to discuss your:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Healthcare Directives
  • Designation of Health Care Surrogate
  • Health Care Advanced Directives
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Probate Avoidance Strategies
  • Disability Protection
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Probate Estate Administration
  • Probate Summary Administration
  • Florida Trust Administration

Why Jakob Legal

We are committed to providing you with personalized, creative and cost-effective Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts, Asset Protection, Probate and Elder Law Needs.

Centrally located in Davie, Florida in Broward County, we are within minutes from Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Plantation, Pembroke Pines and Weston.

Also easily accessible from Hollywood, Miramar, Coconut Creek, Delray Beach and anywhere else in the Tri-County area in this South Florida vicinity.

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dennis
dennis
01:14 26 Jan 20
I chose Andrea Jacob to prepare our Estate Plan based on the very positive social media reviews. I must say, the... reviews were spot on!!! My wife and I found Andrea to be very knowledgeable, kind, personable and patient. She listened to our needs and came up with an estate plan that made sense for us and immediately put us at ease that we had chosen the right lawyer to guide us thru this sensitive task. Thank you, Andrea, for making such a daunting process so reassuring!!!read more
David Polyak
David Polyak
04:03 07 Jan 20
Andrea was absolutely wonderful in helping set up my parents' estate as they were going through several health issues. ... She accommodated my family as I was in town for only a few days to help my parents and she made sure that the entire estate planning process was completed. Her caring and personable attitude made this difficult time a little easier. She even spent additional time answering follow up questions over several different phone calls. I highly recommend Andrea to anyone seeking a thoughtful professional estate attorney who truly cares about the families she works with.read more
Lisa Hunt
Lisa Hunt
14:12 17 Dec 19
I highly recommend Andrea for your legal needs! Our family has used her service for over 15 years!!! She's very... personable, friendly, caring and takes the time to guide you through the process. Andrea and her legal assistant are available and in constant contact. You are able to access your records through an online secure site at any time. She makes seemingly difficult steps to estate planning easy peasy!! She's the best!read more
Norma Vesey
Norma Vesey
19:19 03 Oct 19
Andrea Jakob was great in helping us work through our health care surrogacy, will and trust. Ours was well overdue, we... hadn't done our will since our children were small and now they have their own children. She helped us think through every aspect. She listened to our ideas, gave us her opinion and recommendations and created what was best for us and our family. Andrea is smart, very knowledgeable about estate planning, she is funny and quite personable. She truly wants to do what is best for you at the time you are with her and for the future. We highly recommend her!read more
Maritza Espinal
Maritza Espinal
21:42 20 Sep 19
It has been a pleasure working with Andrea. From the very beginning, she made it comfortable and relatively easy to... talk about challenging topics such as wills, estates, and trusts. She laid out the plan in an organized and friendly manner, explaining things "at my level" so that I could understand, and I never felt rushed. Not only is she very smart and professional, she also has a warm customer service approach, taking care to offer treats such as hot tea. I recommend her highly and I look forward to our continued relationship.read more
Larry Spegele
Larry Spegele
23:51 10 Sep 19
Let me start by saying that I normally am not one to write a review. But Andrea Jakob help and expertise definitely... deserve high praise! She was so helpful in getting my wife and my wills and trust set up. Something that we really appreciated was just how down to earth she was. There was absolutely no stuffiness in her manner. In fact, after our first couple of visits, I pretty much regarded her as a very knowledgeable friend. She really knows her business and helped us feel comfortable when speaking with her. I appreciated that she was more than willing to explained something to me more than once and helped to clarify any questions I had. My wife and I are very happy and impressed with her work and dedication. We strongly recommend her to any one seeking help with setting up their wills and trusts.read more
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