Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney

Since 1991, Ohio Law has allowed residents to establish a "Living Will" to assist them and their loved ones in making difficult end-of-life decisions.

A Living Will is a legal document that dictates how much life-sustaining treatment an individual wishes to have administered once he or she has been deemed by physicians to be terminally ill or permanently unconscious, and unable to communicate his or her wishes.

A Living Will allows a person to decide and document in advance, the type of care he or she would like to receive if he or she became permanently unconscious or terminally ill. The Health Care Power of Attorney enables you to select someone who can make decisions for you. The Recorder's Office will record these documents for you at a flat rate of $40.00 and will provide you with a laminated wallet-sized card.

Why Permanent Access to Your Living Will is Important

A Living Will can only be honored if the attending physicians and others know about it. The Living Will takes effect only in situations where a patient is either terminally ill or permanently unconscious and is unable to tell a physician what type of care he or she wishes to receive. It is best to make sure that loved ones, physicians and others have access to the document at all times.

How We Can Help

The Franklin County Recorder's Office will record the Living Will of any Ohioan for safekeeping. By recording your Living Will with the Franklin County Recorder, you ensure easy access to this important document by your loved ones and medical personnel.

Health Care Power of Attorney

Included in the Franklin County Recorder's Advance Directives Packet is an Ohio Health Care Power of Attorney form. A Health Care Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to name a person to act on your behalf to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself.

Ohio's Donor Registry

Thousands of Ohioans are waiting for organ transplants. As an organ donor, one person can save up to seven lives and enhance the quality of life for more than fifty others through tissue and eye donation.

If you decide to become an organ and tissue donor, you can ensure your wishes will be carried out by filling out a Donor Registry Enrollment Form with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This form is also included in the Advance Directives Packet.