What is an Advance Directive? It is the legally accurate name for the completed Living Will and the Designation of Health Care Surrogate. However, there are many things to keep in mind when completing your Advance Directive.
These documents are specific to Florida; for other states, contact National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Or you can view all the forms above in one pdf by clicking here. (Note: the Do Not Resuscitate Order must be printed on yellow paper to be valid!)
Documents You Should Have
Where to Keep Your Documents
Keep your Advance Directive (living will and appointment of surrogate form) in a conspicuous place in your home. NEVER place these documents in a safe deposit box since they will not be readily available when needed
Who Should Have A Copy
All copies of your Advance Directive should be signed in BLUE ink by you, even though the text may be a photocopy. A photocopied signature is NOT a legal document.
- Your surrogate and alternate surrogate(s)
- Your nearest relatives
- Your physician (make certain these documents are placed in your file)
- Your attorney
- The medical facility where you have a medical record and would go if hospitalized. It is also a good idea to keep copies in your car and to have a label on the glove compartment or driver’s license that reads “living will on file.” You may also want to put a similar label on your home’s entrance or on the refrigerator door.