Advanced Directives

Under Ohio law, advanced directives are legal documents that allow individuals to outline their preferences for medical care and treatment in the event they become unable to communicate or make decisions for themselves. The two primary types of advanced directives in Ohio are a living will and a healthcare power of attorney, but advanced directives also may include registration on the organ/tissue donor registry and a physician-ordered Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.
Ohio law recognizes the validity of advance directives and provides detailed guidelines for creating and implementing them. In the absence of explicit instructions, healthcare providers are obligated to provide treatment based on their professional judgment. This means people in vegetative states can languish in a hospital bed for years and years. This means people who will never breathe on their own again can linger on endlessly. This means people with terminal cancer at 100 years old will be resuscitated if they have a heart attack. You risk placing an enormous burden on your loved ones without a living will. Without a healthcare power of attorney, you also risk major healthcare decisions being made for you by someone who doesn't know you, your medical preferences or personal values.
If you can make your own healthcare decisions, then your advanced directives will not be used. However, it's wise to plan for a day when you may not be able to make your own healthcare decisons. Nobody wants to find themselves in the position of having to agonize over medical decisions for a loved one who can’t make decisions for themselves. Fortunately, by creating advanced directives, you can ensure your family members never have to go through that process.

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Don’t leave your medical fate to chance! The estate planning team at Rhodium Law can provide the guidance and direction you need to create your advanced directives. Contact Rhodium Law now to book a free consultation and speak with an experienced Cleveland estate planning lawyer.

What Is A Living Will?

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A living will is a written set of instructions that allows you to express your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments at the end of life, such as resuscitation, artificial nutrition and hydration, and the use of ventilators. A living will, which only takes effect if you are unable to communicate and make decisions on your own, serves as an invaluable tool to protect your wishes in the event you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious.
Without a living will, the possibility of receiving medical treatments that go against your beliefs or values also exists. For example, if you hold strong religious or ethical views that prohibit organ transplants or blood transfusions, having a living will allows you to ensure that those beliefs are honored.

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Advanced directives are essential for ensuring that your medical care preferences are respected and followed in situations where you are unable to communicate your decisions, providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

What Is A Healthcare Power of Attorney?

A healthcare power of attorney allows an individual, known as the principal, to designate a trusted person, referred to as the agent or attorney-in-fact, to make healthcare decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated or unable to communicate their wishes. This document grants the agent the authority to make a wide range of healthcare decisions, including consenting to or refusing medical treatments, choosing healthcare providers, and making end-of-life care decisions. By specifying a healthcare power of attorney, individuals can ensure that their medical care preferences are honored and that someone they trust is making critical decisions in their best interest.
Having a healthcare power of attorney is important because it provides clear guidance and authority in situations where an individual cannot make their own medical decisions. Without this document, family members may face legal obstacles and emotional stress as they try to determine the best course of action, often without knowing the incapacitated person’s wishes. Additionally, in the absence of a designated agent, healthcare providers may be forced to make decisions without input from the individual’s loved ones. A healthcare power of attorney helps avoid these uncertainties and ensures that healthcare decisions are made in alignment with the individual’s values and preferences, providing peace of mind for both the individual and their family.
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