The Ohio State Bar Association describes the purpose and powers of Living Will Declarations as follows:
The purpose of a Living Will is to document your wish that life-sustaining treatment, including artificially or technologically supplied nutrition and hydration, be withheld or withdrawn if you are unable to make informed medical decisions and are in a terminal condition or in a permanently unconscious state. This Living Will does not affect the responsibility of health care personnel to provide comfort care to you. Comfort care means any measure taken to diminish pain or discomfort, but not to postpone death.
If you would not choose to limit any or all forms of life-sustaining treatment, including CPR, you have the legal right to so choose and may wish to state your medical treatment preferences in writing in a different document.
Under Ohio law, a Living Will is applicable only to individuals in a terminal condition or a permanently unconscious state. If you wish to direct medical treatment in other circumstances, you should prepare a Health Care Power of Attorney. If you are in a terminal condition or a permanently unconscious state, this Living Will controls over a HealthCare Power of Attorney.
You should consider completing a new Living Will if your medical condition changes, or if you later decide to complete a Health Care Power of Attorney. If you have both documents, you should keep copies of both your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney with you whenever you are a patient in a health care facility.
A health care power of attorney and living will are important tools to aid your loved ones in ensuring your intentions are followed when the time comes. All too often, by the time the need for these documents arises, it is too late. Having an up to date healthcare power of attorney and living will can provide you and your family comfort in knowing that when the time comes, you will receive medical treatment in the manner which you have consciously chosen.
Billmaier & Cuneo, LLC represents the legal rights of each and every one of our living will clients, while addressing all related issues that should be taken into consideration when representing your living will legal needs and goals.
If you need to legally develop and draft a living will in the Perrysburg, Toledo, Lambertville or the Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan areas, contact an experienced attorney (lawyer) at Billmaier & Cuneo, LLC today by calling 419.931.0067 in Northwest Ohio or 734.568.0136 in Southeast Michigan.
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