To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

What is the deal with living wills?

Whether one resides in Florida or elsewhere, there are numerous legal documents one might consider for end-of-life planning. There are so many, in fact, that some individuals may not understand why they might be important. Living wills are a good example. What is the deal with living wills? Why would anyone want to have one?

Living wills and DNRs (do not resuscitate orders) are often considered the same thing, but this is far from the truth. It is not uncommon for a person to sign a DNR when he or she does not wish to have any extraordinary measures taken to prolong his or her life. These requests are made all the time and simply placed in patients' files. If it is there, hospital staff are required to comply.

A living will is actually very different from a DNR. A living will is a legal document that gives very specific instructions about one's end-of-life care. This may include a DNR, or it can give further detail about what life-saving measures one deems acceptable. Having a document that gives more specifics about what one wants can help family members and medical providers take appropriate actions when necessary.

There is nothing wrong with signing a DNR if preventing life-saving efforts is all that is wanted. However, those who have other end-of-life plans in mind would benefit from making living wills. An experienced estate planning attorney can assist Florida residents in completing these documents which, in doing so, will ensure that their final wishes are fully noted.

Source:, "Living wills vs. DNRs", Christopher Yugo, Feb. 28, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Request Your Free Telephone Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


North Office
950 S. Winter Park Dr
Suite 290
Casselberry, FL 32707

Toll Free: 888-681-4389
Casselberry Law Office Map

South Office
14115 Town Loop Blvd #300
Orlando, FL 32837

Toll Free: 888-681-4389
Orlando Law Office Map

At Korshak & Associates, P.A. we love feedback from our clients. Please take a moment and tell us how we’re doing!

Review Us