Living Wills in Florida

Sarasota Attorneys Draft Your Living Will For End-of-Life Care Directions

A Living Will is similar to a Health Care Surrogate but specifically applies only to end-of-life care if you have an end-stage condition, have a terminal disease or are in a persistent vegetative state from which there is no expectation that you will ever recover. You determine, in advance, in your Living Will, what treatment you want when faced with any of these diagnoses.

Your Living Will is a written document where you specifically instruct your surrogate whether you want all available and possible treatment provided or whether you want no extraordinary measures taken to prolong your life. The person you name to make these decisions for you is called a surrogate and is often the same person you have named as your Health Care Surrogate.

Florida law specifically defines the requirements of a Living Will in order for it to be valid and binding on your surrogate. It also has criteria your physician must follow in order for your wishes to be carried out. Contact us at our Wills, Trusts, Probate and Elder Law Firm, PLLC in Sarasota, Florida to prepare your Living Will.


Living Wills are governed by Chapter 765 of the Florida Statutes. More specifically, Sections 765.301 – 309, which are more formally known as the “Life-Prolonging Procedure Act of Florida”.