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Lake County, Ohio - Recorder

Living Will and POA

    Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney Information:

    Why a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

    A Living Will lets you decide, in advance, on life-sustaining medical treatment. A Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to choose a person you trust to make healthrelated decisions if you are not able to make them yourself.

    Both documents can help your family through a time of difficult emotional stress.

    Now you can file your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney in the Lake County Recorder's Office. After the documents are filed with the Recorder's Office, they are within easy reach of doctors and hospitals. You pay only a small fee for peace of mind.


    Why Record Your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

    You might already have a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney. Do your loved ones and doctors know where to find them? By recording your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney, you guarantee the documents are available if you are unable to tell your family where to look.


    Is an Attorney Needed to Create or File a Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney?

    You do not need an attorney to fill out or file these documents. However, we strongly recommend that you consult your lawyer, a member of the clergy, or a physician.


    What is a Living Will?

    A Living Will is a binding legal document that states clearly and fully the kind of lifesustaining treatment you want in case you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.

    • It become effective only when you are unable to communicate due to permanent unconsciousness or terminal illness.
    • It communicates your desire for the use of life-support technology.
    • It gives doctors the authority to follow your instructions regarding medical treatment under these conditions.
    • It specifies the conditions under which you want artificial feeding and fluids to be withheld.
    • It will be followed for a pregnant woman only if certain conditions apply.

    Please Note: The State of Ohio DNR Comfort Care is the only form of living will that cannot be revoked by anyone but you. In addition, it is the only form of living will that can be honored by EMS (emergency medical services) providers. Please see your physician to initiate a State of Ohio DNR Comfort Care document."


    What is a Health Care Power of Attorney?

    A Health Care Power of Attorney names an individual you trust to make a wide variety of health care decisions for you anytime you are unable to do so, whether or not your condition is terminal.

    • It becomes effective only when you are temporarily or permanently unable to make your own health treatment decisions.
    • It requires that any decision made for you by the person you appoint is consistent with your wishes.

    What Medical Terms Will I Need to Know?

    These terms may help you when preparing your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney.

    Life-sustaining:

    Any medical procedure, treatment, intervention, or other measure administered principally to prolong the process of dying.

    Hydration:

    Fluids artificially administered through tubes.

    Nutrition:

    Food that is artificially administered through tubes.

    Permanently Unconscious:

    To a reasonable degree of medical certainty, a patient is irreversibly unaware of him/ herself or environment, a total loss of cerebral cortical functioning, which results in loss of capacity to experience pain or suffering.

    Terminal Condition:

    The irreversible, incurable, untreatable condition caused by disease, illness or injury from which to a reasonable degree of medical certainty there can be no recovery, and death is likely to occur within a short period of time if life-sustaining treatment is not administered.

    Comfort Care:

    Nutrition and/or hydration or other medical care administered to diminish pain or discomfort, but not to postpone death.