Naming Yourself as an Organ Donor in Your Estate Plan
At any given time, there are an estimated 100,000 people waiting for organ donors. This means that after your passing, organs from your body could be used to save the life of a person in need. While you have the opportunity to register as an organ donor when you receive or renew your driver’s license or by using the Florida organ donor online registration system, you can also put specific instructions about organ donation into your estate plan.
When you put your estate plan together, organ donation wishes should be listed specifically in your health care directives. If you name a medical power of attorney, you should also speak to the person with that designation about your wishes. Putting organ donation wishes in your will is not the right course of action, because wills are usually only analyzed sometime after a person dies, and at that point it is too late to preserve your organs for use in another person’s body.
There is no cost associated with organ donation. It is illegal to buy or sell organs, so they can only be given freely as donations. Most donations do not conflict with funerals or visitations, so you do not have to worry about that process affecting your family’s ability to grieve in a traditional way.
Any potential patients who would be a good match for your organs will receive them based on their location, the severity of their illness and a variety of physical characteristics, including size, blood type and genetics.
Contact the dedicated Florida estate planning attorneys at the Charles Law Offices for more information on making your wishes clear related to organ donation.