Living Wills

The living will is a prime example of the preparation you can execute today that spares loved ones the stress of assuming medical and end-of-life responsibilities for you in the future.

If you are unclear as to the purpose and functions of a living will, we have the facts you need, and the guidance to go with it — at Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd. For many years, our versatile estate planning attorneys have skillfully assisted clients from all walks of life in the greater Cleveland metro area and throughout northeast Ohio.

The living will proactively anticipates the possibility of your someday being in a terminal condition or permanent vegetative state. As a matter of fact, this kind of will goes into effect only when you are incapacitated, and providing that at least two physicians agree to the validity of your terminal illness or condition of permanent unconsciousness.

When you complete this useful estate planning tool, in concert with one of our knowledgeable lawyers, you should be aware that it:

  • Takes effect only when communication of wishes is impossible for you, due to permanent unconsciousness or terminal illness, as stated above
  • Describes your preference for or against use of life-support technology
  • Permits physicians to follow your exact instructions spelled out in the living will
  • Can be revised or revoked by you at any time, and by no one else
  • Specifies under what conditions you would want artificial feeding and fluids to be withheld or withdrawn

As with any estate document, the living will declaration, durable power of attorney and health care power of attorney should be revisited regularly to ensure that they still reflect your wishes.

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