In Ohio there are two common types of Health Care Directives, a Living Will and a Health Care Power of Attorney. Their purposes are different and you should contact an estate planning attorney so that you fully understand the differences between the two documents. Healthcare directives including Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney can be straightforward or you can customize them to a great degree to meet your individual wishes. Whether you use a standard form or customize the forms to meet your specific wishes, is important to discuss the matter with an estate planning attorney so that you understand your options and the differences between the two directives.
Communicate Your Wishes
Although there are many reasons for having one or more of the Health Care Directives, the primary reasons for utilizing these forms is for you (while you are capable of doing so) to set forth your wishes in the event that you become incapacitated and are unable to make health care decisions on your own behalf. Health Care Directives allow you to avoid unnecessary financial burdens on your family. They also relieve your spouse and children from the uncertainty and emotional burden of trying to determine what you would like to have done. They may avoid discord among family members when one or more members may want to take one course of action and another group may want to take another course of action.
The estate planning practitioners at Williams, Kratcoski & Can possess extensive experience with drafting healthcare directives for you. We are experienced to assist you with understanding your options and to help you discover the peace of mind that is available to plan for your future. Although contemplating your incapacitation is unpleasant, preparing a healthcare directive can grant you peace of mind and save your loved ones from making agonizing decisions at a difficult time. Call us at 330-673-3444 to schedule your initial consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available!