Florida residents who are single, do not have any children and are approaching retirement might feel left out of most estate planning topics. Many of these discussions center around how to establish a legacy for adult children or how to make sure a surviving spouse is well cared for. This does not mean that a single person without children can skip out on creating an estate plan.
For an unmarried adult, having a living will and related health care power of attorney is especially important. A living will details a person's wishes regarding medical care should the individual become incapacitated, including treatments that he or she is both comfortable with and those that doctors should instructed not to perform. A power of attorney gives another individual the ability to make those decisions. This combination is essential for unmarried individuals since there might not be an obvious person that doctors can turn to for medical decisions.