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Can You Name Multiple Health Care Surrogates?

Can You Name Multiple Health Care Surrogates? North Florida Elder Law Attorneys at The Miller Elder Law Firm discuss health care surrogates, and why naming more than one can be tricky.

“You can list more than one person as your health care surrogate. Legally, there is no prohibition from doing that. But, technically, it can be a little bit tricky because if you name two people to be your health care surrogate, then technically the doctor is supposed to talk to them and get informed consent from both of them. What if they don’t agree? It can just make it challenging. So, we typically say that you name one person, first, to be your health care surrogate, and then name a backup so that if the doctor can’t get in touch with that first person or they’re unwilling to give consent, then you have someone named who can be the backup person for your doctor to talk to.”