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Probate and Estate Planning
What is a Will?
What is a Living Will?
What is a Power of Attorney?
What is the difference between a durable and non-durable Power of Attorney?
Can I give a Power of Attorney to multiple people at the same time?
What is a Medical Power of Attorney?

A Medical Power of Attorney (also known as a "Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care") is a special Power of Attorney giving another person (your "Agent") the power to consult with doctors about your medical condition and to make decisions about your medical care. Typically, a Medical Power of Attorney is only effective during periods of time when you are not able to make decisions yourself. Additionally, once you have personally consented to a course of treatment, your Medical Power of Attorney cannot typically stop that treatment unless there has been a material change in your medical condition. A sample of a form for a Medical Power of Attorney prepared through a joint effort of the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Osteopathic Association is located here. A Medical Power of Attorney is often drafted in conjunction with a Living Will.

What is Probate Property?
When should you begin your estate plan?
When should I have my estate plan reviewed?