Advance Directives

Advance Directives

It’s an unfortunate truth, but accidents happen, and unforeseen circumstances arise every day. Advanced directives eliminate overburdening your loved ones with choices they may regret. Advanced directives are legal documents that give a specific person the legal power to act on your behalf and make decisions for you when you are not able to make those decisions yourself.

In Ohio, advanced directives can include:

How are advanced directives prepared?

You might also want to prepare documents to express your wishes about a single medical issue or something not already covered in your advance directives. A living will usually covers only the specific life-sustaining treatments discussed earlier. You might want to give your health care proxy specific instructions about other issues, such as blood transfusion or kidney dialysis. This is especially important if your doctor suggests that, given your health condition, such treatments might be needed in the future.

Medical issues that might arise at the end of life include:

When it comes to medical care, there may come a time when a person is unable to make decisions for themselves. This is especially true at the end of life, when a person may be facing difficult choices about their care. In such cases, it is important to have an advanced directive in place.
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Why do advanced directives matter?

Having advanced directives are a proactive step to make sure your wishes about your medical care are honored and communicated to your care providers. While an uncomfortable subject, a health crisis can happen any given day. No one expects the worst will happen, so being prepared for anything to protect yourself and your family is imperative.

making advanced directives

When it comes to making advanced directives, many people wonder whether they need an elder law attorney to help them. The answer is no – you do not need an elder law attorney to complete the forms. However, having the advice of a legal professional can clarify your wishes in the directive and make sure your wishes are followed.

An elder law attorney can help you understand the different types of advance directives available, and can guide you through the process of choosing the type of directive that best suits your needs. If you have specific questions about how to fill out a particular form, an elder law attorney can help you with that as well.

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