Thank You for Attending Our December Open House: Florida Health Care Surrogate and HIPAA Release Updates Needed

We enjoyed getting to see clients and members of their families as we celebrated the holidays during our informal and educational event this morning, December Open House: Florida Health Care Surrogate and HIPAA Release Updates Needed

The purpose of this event was to ensure that our clients are taking advantage of new Florida Health Care Surrogate statutory changes, and that they have an up to date corresponding HIPAA (i.e., General Medical) Release. We are offered our existing clients the opportunity to update their Health Care Surrogate and HIPAA Release to current 2015 standards free of charge at this event.

The Florida Legislature recently made statutory changes to the Florida Health Care Surrogate Act effective October 1, 2015. Under the new statute, you may now authorize your Florida Heath Care Surrogate to act immediately on your behalf at the time of need, without the requirement of a determination of your incapacity to act for yourself. Use of this option helps avoid delay and inconsistency in your treatment during a health care crisis. An up to date HIPAA Release compliments the newly revised Florida Health Care Surrogate protocol, and further ensures that all desired members of your next of kin and inner circle are able to obtain information regarding your status and your privacy protected individually identifiable health information. That can go a long way towards providing comfort and shared knowledge to those who love you and who really care, while you are under active treatment for a serious or even a final illness or traumatic injury. The important thing is that you decide who will act for you and when, and who will have access to your protected health care information. Properly drafted 2015 compliant Florida Health Care Surrogate and HIPAA Release planning documents do just that.

We strongly encourage our current estate planning and elder law planning clients to have the fully updated Florida Health Care Surrogate and corresponding HIPAA Release for their own future lifetime planning benefit.

If you are not yet a client of our law firm, you may sign up for your initial planning conference with one of our attorneys. In that case, we will provide you with the initial intake packet outlining the information that we will need to accept you as our client, and build an estate or elder law plan specifically designed for you and your needs.

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Pictured are: Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Andrew Paul Williams, Ph.D., Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant, Paula Emery, Managing Attorney, Grady H. Williams, Jr. LL.M., Associate Attorney, Alison E. Hickman, J.D., Legal Assistant, Julia T. Falkner, Office Manager and Paralegal, Renee Scheetz, Database Manager and Paralegal, Donna L. Sayers.