As a society, we never hesitate to jump at an opportunity to make a negative example out of celebrities.
As an office full of self-proclaimed optimists, we at My Pink Lawyer® could not miss an opportunity to make a positive example out of a celebrity for a change.
You likely remember Luke Perry from his role on Beverly Hills 90210.
Unfortunately, he passed away from a serious stroke at just 52 years old on March 4th.
Five days after the initial stroke, his family made the decision to remove him from life support after it became apparent that he would not recover.
The fact that the hospital allowed Perry’s family to make the choice to remove him from life support means that he likely had the proper legal documents in place beforehand.
In Florida, Advanced Healthcare Directives, including a Living Will and Designation of Healthcare Surrogate, document your wishes if an unfortunate event such as this occurs.
Detailing your wishes regarding life support can be accomplished through a Living Will.
A Living Will contemplates the occurrence of a terminal condition, end-stage condition, or persistent vegetative state (with definitions of each for clarity).
It allows you to tell your family, in writing, what you would have them do, and requires two physicians to make the determination that there is no reasonable medical probability of recovery.
A Designation of Health Care Surrogate allows whomever specified to access health information and to make health care decisions on your behalf.
We also offer a document to our more meticulous clients called Five Wishes which allows for the client to contemplate and document his or her wishes in a variety of very specific instances.
We include these documents in our estate planning packages – all of which are quoted on a flat fee, per case basis during the initial consultation. Click the button below if you are a Florida resident and ready to preplan your medical directives now.
Thankfully, Mr. Perry had the foresight to execute these documents beforehand and save his family from further distress and heartbreak in an already emotional time.
Without the aforementioned documents, his family may have needed a court order to terminate life support in the event that they were not all in agreement.
Luke Perry’s death highlights the importance of not waiting until you’re “old” to do your estate planning.
Not only was Luke Perry handsome, but smart, too.
Rest in peace, Luke Perry.
Amanda “Helping Floridians Get Their Medical Wishes in Order” Lynch Elliott