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Advance Directives: Living Will & More

What is an advance directive?

An advance directive is a written or oral statement about how you want medical decisions made should you not be able to make them yourself and/or it can express your wish to make an anatomical donation after death. Some people make advance directives when they are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Others put their wishes into writing while they are healthy, often as part of their estate planning.

Three types of advance directives are:

  • Living Will: A written or oral statement of the kind of medical care you want or do not want if you become unable to make your own decisions. It is called a living will because it takes effect while you are still living. 
    You may wish to speak to your healthcare provider or attorney to be certain you have completed the 
    living will in a way that your wishes will be understood.  
  • Health Care Surrogate Designation: A document naming another person as your representative to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. You can include instructions about any treatment you want or do not want, similar to a living will. You can also designate an alternate surrogate.
  • Anatomical Donation

Learn more about advance directives and download the forms from, a website created by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). You may choose to complete one, two or all three of these forms.