Living Will/Health Care Power of Attorney FAQ
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.