Living wills are legal documents that allow you to state your wishes in the event you become permanently unconscious or terminally ill.
Some details about living wills:
Yes - living wills only cover care to postpone death, and does not affect medical care that can help ease pain. An example would be receiving oxygen and pain medication, spoon feeding, and being turned over while bed ridden.
Yes. It is important that you discuss this with an attorney so you can draft the appropriate documents to be included with your will. You should also talk to your doctor about this type of decision.
The examining doctors will have to agree that you are beyond medical help and unable to recover.
Whether you are 75 years old or 25 years old, there is still the possibility of an accident that can leave you permanently unconscious. In particular, traffic accidents are a leading cause of death and severe injury for young Ohioans.
Your family will most likely be informed. Although physicians may not need your family's permissions when following your will, they do make an effort to inform the persons named in your will about your decisions.
Yes. If you have named an agent in a healthcare power of attorney, this individual has the power to make such decisions for you.
This is a document that authorizes a person that you name to make health and medical-care related decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
The designated agent does not have to be a family member - it can be an adult you trust or an administrator at a healthcare facility.
The document becomes effective when you are no longer able to make decisions yourself.
Ideally you would want to have both documents because a living will only affects end-of-life situations, while a healthcare power of attorney can apply to all situations regarding medical care if you are incapacitated.
No, you will need a different power of attorney called "financial power of attorney."
This is when a person dies without a will declaring how property will be distributed
Probate court supervises the process of distributing a person's estate, including all debts, taxes, and financial matters. They make sure that debts are paid off and that property is transferred to the right people.
If a person dies without a will, the probate court will appoint a person to serve as executor, usually a person who is named in the will or a next-of-kin resident of the state. The executor is tasked with overseeing the distribution of the estate according to the will.
This individual must follow the instructions stated in the will. The primary duties include inventorying and appraising property, collecting assets, paying off debts and expenses, and distributing assets to beneficiaries.
The law in Ohio allows a husband and a wife to end their marital relationship in three different ways: by separation, divorce, or dissolution of marriage. To obtain a divorce or dissolution, you must have lived in the state for six months prior to filing. Separation laws do not require residency of the spouses.
Child support in Ohio is calculated according to the statutory guidelines that include the number of children, gross income of both parents, and other additional factors such as cost of medical care, child care, and other factors. The court will take into consideration any deviations unique to your case.
When you have established an attorney-client relationship, you have a duty to communicate your wishes and desires to your attorney, be honest, and trust your attorney to guide you through the process. Never lie or withhold information from your attorney, as this can hurt your case and credibility with the court. Surprises are never a good thing, so be truthful in all of your interactions.
All communication between you and your attorney is confidential and private.
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