Living Wills

Estate Planning Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio

Your living will can be one of the most important components of an effective estate plan. Establishing a living will can give your family clear and concise written directions about your end-of-life wishes. While many people are fearful of thinking about drafting a living will, getting over the initial discomfort of thinking about life's uncertainties can give you a sense of confidence knowing that you can save your family from anguish or heart-wrenching decisions in the future.

Without your guidance from a living will document, your family members, loved ones, or medical practitioners will not know how to treat you if in the event that you cannot speak for yourself. Having a living will in the estate plan can save a spouse from having to make a difficult decision about your life or can save your family members from disagreeing with one another about your treatment. Knowing that you have effectively prepared for the future can save you and your family a world of anxiety and bitterness that could potentially never be resolved.

When you are considering drafting your living will in Ohio, you want to ensure that you are working with a compassionate Columbus estate planning attorney. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., our estate planning attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience and have proudly helped individuals and families throughout Columbus since 1996!

What can a living will do?

Many people do not know that a living will is not a will at all. If you are ever unable to communicate your own wishes for healthcare due to illness, age, an accident, or unconsciousness, you must have the right documents prepared to ensure your desires are followed. In such a situation or incapacitating event, a living will can be your voice and protect your family from making potentially hard decisions regarding your healthcare.

A living will is a document written in advance that allows you to clearly establish the following:

  • Type of medical / end-of-life care that you want to receive in certain circumstances
  • Type of medical / end-of-life care that you do not want to receive in certain circumstances
  • A trustee whom you trust to ensure your desires are carried out, known as a power of attorney
  • Your wishes regarding anatomical, organ, or tissue donation

When you fail to write a living will, the vital decisions regarding your life and health will be placed on your family members or doctors. For some family members, having the burden of taking you off of life support could be too overwhelming. Doctors and other medical professionals who know very little about you will not know what you would prefer. When our Columbus estate planning lawyers help you write your living will, we can ensure your specific desires leave no room for uncertainty or confusion.

Your Family Deserves Security for the Future

Taking the time to write a living will, even if you are young and healthy, can ensure that your end-of-life wishes are carried out. Life brings unexpected events, so drafting a living will can ensure that your desires are carried out when you cannot say otherwise. Our Columbus estate planning attorneys are thorough and can help you complete this process with minimal stress.

Our firm can help you understand all of the paperwork that is associated with a living will and estate plan. To make sure that your living will is honored, contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. and schedule a case evaluation with a member of our team today! Attorneys Jon Saia and Richard Piatt both have earned an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and our firm has been listed among one of the Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers® U.S. News and World Report.

We can help you make informed choices about your living will and explain your options clearly and concisely. With our nationally recognized lawyers by your side, you can understand every part of the process and feel confident that you are making the right choices for yourself! Our Columbus estate planning attorneys are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so contact us today.