A Living Will (Directive to Physician as it is sometimes called) is an
important document for anyone, young or old. Its purpose is to express to
the world that you wish to have all artificial life support removed from you if
your medical/physical condition becomes such that it is apparent to your
physicians and those you have designated that there is no expectation for your
recovery. It does not generally include medication to relieve pain and to
make you comfortable. It does generally include removal of water and
The Florida Statutes permit this procedure to take place upon approval of the
physicians and the next of kin, but the importance of having a document to
reflect your own personal intention for this to take place is seen when there
is a dispute among the family members as to what to do. Your expressed
documentation of your intent affirms the direction to take place.
Generally, this is a document that is provided with you have your Will prepared,
Be sure to take your attorney to include this important document for you.