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Advance Directives: Promoting Awareness on April 16

Planning For Care At End Of Life With Advance Directives The Miller Elder Law Firm brings awareness to April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance directives planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for April 16, 2016 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” A...

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

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Estate Planning

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Health Care Surrogate: A Legislative Update

This is the first part of a series of blog posts about the changes in elder law during this year’s legislative session with many of these laws going into effect on or before October 1, 2015.  The update presents changes in the law regarding designation of Health Care Surrogate. Background Information about Advance Directives by the Florida Bar: The Florida Legislature has recognized that every competent adult has the fundamental right of self-determination regarding decisions pertaining to his or her own health, including...

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

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Death With Dignity: Personal Stories You Need To Hear

The Debate About Ending Life In the Fall 2014 we posted a blog about one death with dignity story with 29-year old Brittany Maynard and her controversial decision to move to Oregon where the law allows terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of barbituates.  She had an inoperable brain tumor with only months to live and wanted to be able to control her own end-of-life care. The “Death with Dignity Act” is a controversial bill that allows for legal self-euthanasia. It is aimed towards terminally ill patients, who...

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015

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Advance Directives-Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

Gainesville, FL-Miller Elder Law Firm, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Miller Elder. Law Firm is encouraging the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and...

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015

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End of Life Choices-A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

One common tradition this time of year is making New Year’s resolutions, which usually includes starting good habits or stopping bad ones. It’s a timely opportunity to put together a plan with actions and timelines. It is, after all, the only way you will be successful long-term. Most people vow to lose weight, exercise more, and be healthier and although these are worthy goals you should consider, I want you add one more. It’s not glamorous or trendy but it will impact not only you, but your family as...

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