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Why You Should Consider Your Advanced Directives

Settling your advanced directives is a necessary and vital aspect of the estate planning process. However, to craft these documents, you have to answer many personal, often sensitive questions.

The attorneys of Orsatti & Associates, P.A., have over 20 years of experience in estate planning law for people across the Tampa area. Every personal conflict – every fraught possible interaction – demands the thoughtful, attentive service of caring attorneys. We will work with you to craft the advanced directives that meet your needs and help guide your family when you cannot.

Questions To Ask About Your Advanced Directives

Your advanced directives are a subset of estate planning documents that may include a power of attorney, a living will, a health care surrogate and other possibilities. It’s very important, however, to know that in Florida, there are limitations on power of attorney depending on whether you establish limited, general or durable power of attorney.

We can discuss at length each document’s purpose and requirements with you. However, that discussion is always best when our clients have clear answers to such questions as:

  • Who will have power of attorney over me? A person with full power of attorney (POA) has an immense amount of power over your estate and health care decisions.
  • How much power should my POA have? Florida law allows you to place limits on the POA, restricting what your representative can and cannot do.
  • What should my living will state? Your living will explains your wishes around various scenarios in life-saving situations if you are incapacitated.
  • Should I select a separate health care surrogate?  A health care surrogate or health care POA are representatives who only can make decisions for you when you cannot give informed consent on medical procedures.

Once you have a firm concept of your needs from your advanced directives, we move forward with crafting the documents to ensure your wishes.

Compassionate And Holistic Estate Planning Services

Incapacitation can happen at anytime, which makes it all the more important to have a comprehensive estate plan in place so your end-of-life wishes are honored in the way you would want them to be honored. While clarity is certainly helpful when building your estate plans, these are sensitive discussions, and we can offer a legally trained, compassionate ear to your thoughts.

Building the solution that works best for you is our goal. We will work with you to ensure that you have a plan that makes you feel secure. Contact our office today to begin by sending us an email or calling 727-361-2304.