Yes and no. Yes, you need a durable power of attorney and a medical directive. NO, the medical form does not insulate you from unpaid bills. In many states, as the spouse, you would be responsible for these bills. I cannot speak from a Florida perspective in relation to that issue, because I am not licensed there. You need to meet with a Florida estate planning attorney, anyway, in order to have the power of attorney forms prepared. You will want to ask the attorney how you avoid responsibility for your boyfriend's debts.
You are right to have this done, and you should have this taken care of as soon as possible. I hope that they find a way to successfully treat your boyfriend!
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Immediately meet with a fl estate planning attorney to discuss his options
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You may want to consider executing a durable power of attorney (and possibly other documents) now while your boyfriend has capacity. Then you will have the legal authority to handle his personal and business affairs while unmarried. Marriage may make you financially responsible to some extent. I am not licensed in Florida, but I strongly recommend you consult with an attorney.
I absolutely think you should each sign a durable power of attorney, health care surrogate designation and a living will. Without these documents a guardianship is very possible, if not, likely. Having a medical surrogate does not protect you from unpaid bills. It is just important that you do not sign anything in your personal capacity which would make you liable for his expenses. Also, if you are going to get married and are worried about incurring his liabilities, you should execute a prenuptial agreement in which you waive each other's liabilities.
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