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Advance End of Life Instructions Become A Road Map For Your Family

Whenever we help a client prepare a Living Will (what are their thoughts about being kept alive artificially) or a Designation of Health Care Surrogate (who will make medical decisions for them if they are incapacitated), we offer them the chance to also include a Memorandum of Additional Instructions (“Memo”).

The Memo is not a legally binding document itself like the Living Will or the Designation of Health Care Surrogate, but the Memo gives them a chance to include additional information about their philosophy for living and dying and about how their health care surrogate should interpret those wishes. It gives them a chance to offer advance guidance to their health care surrogate when a difficult medical decision has to be made.

Being a health care surrogate is a tough job. It is tough because it involves making decisions at an emotional time based upon what someone else wants, not based upon what the health care surrogate may personally want. It can be an emotionally wrenching experience to let go of someone the health care surrogate loves. Knowing that they are following the wishes of that loved one can make a difficult decision a little bit easier to bear because the haunting questions of whether they did or did not make the right decision have been eliminated because of the directions prepared and shared by their loved one.

Some clients chose not to include the Memo because just looking at the Memo worksheet has prompted them to have a discussion with their health care surrogate and the rest of their family about their wishes. Whether your philosophy for living or dying is contained in something like the Memo or just shared with your family face to face, the important result is that they know what you want which can be a big source of comfort when the day to make a decision arrives.

So do your family and your health care surrogate a favor and prepare a road map for tomorrow today.

  • Why Choose
    Our Firm?

    We limit the number of clients that we have at one time, allowing us to focus on your case.

    Personalized Representation
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    Find out if you and your family can benefit from our elder law planning services!

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  • Dedicated & Experienced

    Our firm exclusively handles elder law concerns so your family can obtain peace of mind.

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St. Petersburg Elder Law Attorney
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