Steps to Becoming an Organ Donor in Florida
As part of your estate planning, you may wish to include certain stipulations about what will happen to your body after your passing. Many people choose to sign up for the organ donor registry, so they can save the lives of others through their donation of organs and tissue upon death.
If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, here are the steps to take:
- Sign up: First, you must register with the organ donor database at Donate Life Florida. Signing up online only takes a few minutes. Then, after your passing, medical personnel will be able to do a quick search of the state registry and find out if you were a donor.
- Verify with your driver’s license: When you get a Florida driver’s license, you can check a box on your application that states your wish to be an organ donor. Once you receive your new license, it will say “organ donor” on it. Your information will automatically be sent to Donate Life Florida, so you will not have to register online.
- Include organ donor wishes in health care surrogate paperwork: It’s generally a good idea to indicate your desire to be an organ donor in various estate planning documents that are related to healthcare, such as your designation of healthcare surrogate (also known as healthcare power of attorney). Including this information in your will is not helpful, as it will likely not be seen until it is too late to donate.
In addition to following these steps, be sure to tell others you are an organ donor. Florida statutes require your wishes to be honored whether or not your family members agree with them. But telling your loved ones is important, as it helps to have more people aware of your wishes so your organs can be donated in a timely manner after your death.
To learn more about organ donation as a part of the estate planning process in Florida, contact a skilled Pensacola estate planning attorney at The Law Office of Zachary T. Magaha.