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Personal Representative

Heidi Webb in an excellent attorney ! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, affordable and amazingly easy to reach.
Heidi was essential in the startup of our new company and remains a central figure guiding us every step of the way.
In addition, she is very pleasant to work with and easy to understand. I don't know what we would have done without her but I'm sure glad we didn't have to find out.
I would recommend Heidi Webb to anyone in search of a terrific attorney !!! 

~ Ray M

My father lived in Daytona Beach for years and passed away in December. My family lives in West Virginia and we needed a lawyer to assist us with his estate. I did a Google search for lawyers in Daytona and started calling. The first two offices I called I had to leave a voicemail, neither returned my call. I called Heidi’s office and a real live person answered the phone. I told her what I needed and she promptly scheduled me a phone call with Heidi. Knowing we were not from the area, in fact 700 miles away she went above and beyond in assisting us. We were kept well informed and she collaborated with our realtor to make sure everything was in line. A+++

~ Curt M

Health Care Surrogate Designation and Advance Directive

Why College-Age Children Need a Health Care Surrogate Designation and Advance Directive

If you have college-age children, there is an important conversation you need to have with them while they are home for winter break – getting a Health Care Surrogate Designation and Advance Directive prepared. Imagine your eighteen-year-old child in a coma due to COVID, and the doctors ask, “Who can make medical decisions for this patient?” By law, your child is an adult once they turn eighteen, and it is not automatic that parents can make medical decisions for their child if they are unable.

Health Care Directive

A Health Care Surrogate Designation and Advance Directive will spell out your college-age child’s wishes regarding medical decisions and nominate a health care surrogate. Their health care directive is only “active” if they are incapacitated and cannot communicate their own health care decisions, so be sure to explain that they are in control of medical decisions as long as they can communicate them.

If your child names a health care surrogate as part of their directive, it should include a HIPAA provision so that the surrogate can receive medical information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 protects individuals from sharing their health care information without consent. In some states, this authorization form is part of the health care directive, but not always.

We do not like to think of something happening to our children but these documents will be invaluable if medical decisions need to be made or a physician needs to share medical information during a health crisis. Without a properly drafted directive, a court order is the only way for a parent to make decisions for their adult children if they are unable. Having a health care plan in place is peace of mind in case the unthinkable happens.

I recommend parents contact an Estate Planning Attorney to put these (and any documents) in place, so they are done correctly. Health Care Directives need to be tailored to your individual needs.

Heidi S. Webb, Attorney at Law, serves clients in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Melbourne, and beyond with Estate Planning and Probate. 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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