Powers Of Attorney Can Help With End-Of-Life Decisions

At Russo, Rosalina & Co., LPA, we know how much you value your loved ones. You're making a will to ensure they are properly cared for after your death. Your estate plan also needs a medical power of attorney, a legal power of attorney and an advance directive or a living will for your protection and peace of mind.

We're here to help you prepare. We offer a personal approach and over 30 years of experience with Ohio estate planning. Our lawyers know how to guide you through the process. Please call our office in Parma at 440-461-8500 or 440-843-8400 today.

Understanding What Living Wills Accomplish

Your living will spells out exactly what health care you desire. If you're incapacitated, your will ensures that medical professionals know your wishes. It could address:

  • Whether you want to be resuscitated
  • If you want to be kept on life support
  • How important quality of life is to you and exactly what you want
    • For instance, do you want treatments that may keep you alive but will significantly lower your future quality of life?
  • Exactly what treatment options you approve and what ones you do not want under any circumstances

The goal is to consider all possible medical issues and to make decisions in advance so care providers and family members can adhere to your wishes when you can't make them known.

A Medical Power Of Attorney

Naturally, you may not be able to predict all medical events and possible outcomes, so you want to supplement your living will with a medical power of attorney. This legally authorizes someone else to make health care decisions; without it, you may be the only one legally allowed to do so. When you're incapacitated or unable to make decisions on your own, you need to give that power to a loved one.

A Legal Power Of Attorney

A legal power of attorney is similar to the above, but it focuses on giving someone else the power to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf. Examples include accessing your investment portfolio, using your bank account, paying your creditors and working with your assets. Someone else needs to handle your affairs when you can't do it yourself.

It's Important For All Ages

Don't fall into the trap of believing that estate planning is just for seniors; it's for people of all ages. Do you have loved ones that you want to take care of in the event of your death? Be sure that they're properly cared for and that you are protected as well if you're incapacitated.

To set up a consultation, just contact us online or call now at 440-461-8500 or 440-843-8400. We represent clients in Greater Cleveland from offices in Parma and Mayfield Heights.