Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

210 South Beach Street, Suite 202
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 257-3332

Personal Representative

I found Heidi Webb to be very professional and very thorough while preparing my will. She is very detail orientated and brought many issues to my attention so nothing was overlooked. I walked away feeling I was very well soon and would recommend her to any of my friends or family.

~ Mark C

In a time of sadness & grief, I searched the area for an attorney who would work with me and my budget. After the first call with Mrs. Heidi, I knew that I had found someone who truly cared, who was understanding and patient with my circumstances. She knew that I did not know much about the probate court (I felt so lost and defeated) and she went over and above to explain it all to me and what was going to be happening in the upcoming months. Probate court is not something that happens quickly, my family & I were out of our home for months on end and Mrs. Heidi did everything she could to expedite the process of us moving back in. She provided us with all the information, communicated everything with us as she found out and made the (tough) process so smooth. She is super knowledgeable in her scope and works thoroughly on the documents needed. I am very very grateful my family and I chose Heidi and I strongly recommend anyone who needs Estate Planning to inquire with her.
Not to mention, everyone who works in her office and beside of her is equally as amazing as she is. Her office staff was simply dedicated, always pleasant, compassionate, and kindhearted. They made me feel like we've been friends forever. They communicated with me & sympathized with me, they treated me like a person they loved, not just another customer, and they truly cared about how I was doing despite what I was going through at the time. I applaud them and Mrs. Heidi tremendously for everything they have done for us.
There are not enough words that could show my true appreciation and thankfulness for this group of people and this office.

~ Briana L

medical directive

When is a Medical Directive Needed?

A medical directive, also known as an Advance Directive or Living Will, is a legal document that outlines a person’s healthcare preferences in case they become unable to make medical decisions for themselves. This vital document can offer peace of mind and guidance to family members and healthcare providers during critical moments. In this blog, we will discuss various scenarios where this document s needed.

Terminal Illness

A medical directive is crucial when an individual is diagnosed with a terminal illness. This document allows the person to express their wishes regarding end-of-life care, including whether they want life-sustaining treatments or prefer to focus on palliative [comfort] care.

Incapacitating Injury

Unexpected injuries, such as those resulting from a car accident, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, can leave a person unable to communicate their medical preferences. A medical directive ensures that their wishes are known and respected in these situations.

Cognitive Decline

Progressive neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia can impair a person’s ability to make informed decisions about their medical care. A medical directive allows the individual to make their preferences known while they are still able to communicate them effectively.

Coma or Persistent Vegetative State

When a person falls into a coma or a persistent vegetative state, they are unable to communicate their medical preferences. In these cases, a medical directive can provide clear guidance for healthcare providers and family members, helping to avoid conflicts and legal battles.

Surgical Procedures with Anesthesia

Undergoing surgery that involves anesthesia carries the risk of complications that may require immediate medical decision-making. A medical directive can help to ensure that any necessary decisions made during surgery align with the patient’s preferences.

Age and General Health Considerations

As individuals age, they may become more susceptible to health issues that can impact their decision-making abilities. A medical directive can provide peace of mind and clarity for both the individual and their loved ones if such a situation arises.

Specific Religious or Ethical Beliefs

Some people hold strong religious or ethical beliefs that may influence their medical decisions. A medical directive allows individuals to specify any treatments or procedures that they wish to avoid due to personal beliefs or convictions.

Having this document in place is essential for ensuring that an individual’s healthcare preferences are honored in various scenarios. From terminal illness to incapacitating injury and age-related health concerns, a medical directive can provide guidance and clarity for healthcare providers and loved ones during challenging times. It’s never too early to create one, so consider discussing your preferences with a healthcare professional and legal advisor to ensure your wishes are understood and respected.

Heidi S. Webb, Attorney at Law, serves clients in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, and beyond with matters of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Small Business Law. Contact her today to schedule a free consultation. Visit her page on Facebook, or see what her clients are saying to learn more about Heidi. 

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