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Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Florida Handbook


A legal handbook to assist adults with making health care decision for another adult who is unable to make their own decisions.

Contributor(s) or Creator(s)

Marshall Kapp, J.D., M.P.H.



Publication date

February 11, 2011

Date last modified

September 8, 2015

Peer Review Status



medical, health care substitute, health care surrogate, attorney-in-fact, legal proxy, guardian, responsibilties, decisions, death, dying, illness, quiz, resolving disputes, resources, grief, pain, hospice, DNR "do not resuscitate" orders, surgery, artificial nutrition, hydration, research, organ donation, authority, resources,



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Learning resource type

Narrative text, Self assessment

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Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Role, Health Services, Hospices (Terminal Care), Hospitals, Medical Services, Patients, Terminal Illness

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computer and monitor

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Any browser

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Copyright © 2006 by the American Bar Association. Adapted by permission of the American BarAssociation. The ABA hereby grants permission for this guide to be reproduced, in print or electronic form, for all educational or counseling purposes, provided that the materials are distributed gratis and that the recipients are not charged for the work in any way. All reproductions must contain the following attribution of original publication by the ABA: Based on Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Maryland Handbook, by the American Bar Association Commission on Law & Aging, in collaboration with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr. Attorney General. Requests to reproduce these materials in any other manner should be e-mailed to

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