Mentor Ohio Living Will LAWYERS
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We all remember the Florida case where a woman was kept on life support because her spouse and her parents could not agree on the care or termination thereof for her. This problem could have been avoided had the patient created what is commonly referred to as Advanced Directives prior to the illness that caused the situation. Advanced Directives consist of a Living Will and a Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
The Living Will is a document created by the person whose medical decisions will need to be made if they are unable to do so, and it states exactly the type and duration of care they wish to receive. It is a specific written directive from the creator to medical personnel regarding their specific healthcare desires. It only becomes effective if the creator is unable to make medical decisions and is still alive.
Power of Attorney for Healthcare
The Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a document created by the person whose healthcare is at issue but elects a specific person to make medical decisions for them if they are unable to do so. It operates hand in hand with the Living Will to ensure that the stated written instructions regarding healthcare are enforced by the agent chosen in the Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
This Power of Attorney only becomes effective when the creator is unable to make medical decisions and is still alive. It is the document that chooses who will “pull the plug” for the creator if that is the creator’s desire. This document is also used to choose the persons that the creator would like to serve as guardian of their person (health) and their estate (finances) should one become necessary for any reason.
The creation of this document allows the creator to have a say in what happens regarding their care and finances while they are unable to do so. The Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare become void upon the demise of the creator.
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
The Durable Power of Attorney for Finances is another tool to assist the creator in ensuring that their wishes are carried out while they are still living but unable to take care of them personally. The Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, like the Power of Attorney for Healthcare, becomes void upon the demise of the creator.
The Durable Power of Attorney for Finances allows the Power of Attorney named the authority to step into the shoes of the creator of the document and perform all financial tasks that the creator could while the creator is alive. This tool can list powers as broad or as specific as the creator would like.
The Durable Financial Power of Attorney remains dormant until the creator becomes unable to manage their own financial affairs. It can then become dormant again if and when the creator again is able to manage their own financial affairs. The creation and use of this Power of Attorney eliminate the need for adding another owner to the financial accounts of the creator. This Power of Attorney can also remain private until the need for its use arises. It is then shown to the entity to which access is necessary.
The common reason that a Financial Power of Attorney is recorded or otherwise made public is for the sale of real property. At that time, the Durable Power of Attorney for Finances must be recorded with the Recorder’s office of the applicable county.
Contact Moseman Law Office for Living Will and Power of Attorney Services in Mentor, Ohio
While we do our best to explain things, we know that the legalities of living wills and powers of attorney can be confusing. That’s why the attorneys at Moseman Law provide this service to our clients–to help them with the paperwork and technicalities so they don’t have to worry about it. Contact the Mentor OH power of attorney and living will lawyers today and let us help you make sure everything is in place so your mind can be at rest regarding these important documents.
Moseman Law Office, LLC
Moseman Law Office, LLC is a full-service legal firm located in Mentor, Ohio, serving all of Northeast Ohio and providing personalized legal solutions to its clients.
Moseman Law Office, LLC
8500 Station St., Ste 210
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: (440) 255-0832