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What’s the Difference Between a Last Will and Testament and a Living Will?


The Last Will and Testament and Living Will are two completely different documents with similar names. Both documents state your intentions, desires and preferences should you become incapacitated or die.  Both documents are recommended as part of a comprehensive estate planning strategy.


The Last Will and Testament is a document that takes effect after your death and names who your beneficiaries are, usually family and friends or charities, and who gets your property. Last Will and Testaments can be in the form of a general bequest: “Everything to my spouse, then to my kids equally,” or a specific bequest: “My Warhol painting to my son, James.” Most Wills include a combination of the two.

In a Last Will and Testament, you also appoint an Executor to be in charge and to make sure that all of your wishes are followed. A Last Will and Testament is specific to you and is one of the most important estate planning documents everyone should have. Another option is to invest in a Trust if you have young children who you need to provide for, or if you have substantial assets that you want to keep out of the Probate process. Not sure whether you need just a Last Will and Testament or take the additional step to also create a Trust? Call to set up a consultation at 614-221-0944 and get your individual questions answered.

A Living Will is a health care document. It allows an individual to state their preference about life-sustaining treatment if the situation arose where they were terminally ill or permanently unconscious and can no longer make health care decisions. If the patient has created a Living Will they get to direct whether or not artificially supplied hydration and nutrition and life sustaining treatment is provided.

A Living Will does not affect the right to have pain medicine or comfort care. It simply allows an individual to make the choice now so that their next of kin or the person with power of attorney for health care doesn’t have to guess at what the individual would have wanted want in that situation.

Hannah Botkin-Doty

The Last Will and Testament and Living Will have totally different functions, but they are both essential estate planning documents.  If you have questions or want to learn about the other ways you can make a plan for estate, please do not hesitate to contact me at 614-221-0944 or hlbotkindoty@adwllp.com to get your questions answered.

Hannah Botkin-Doty

A Person with a Felony Conviction May Petition Court to Restore Right to Own a Firearm


Whether it’s for hunting or home protection, many people enjoy their Second Amendment right to own a firearm.  In Ohio, a state felony conviction can affect a person in many ways and one of the consequences for a felony conviction is a prohibition on a person’s right to own a firearm.

Ohio law allows someone who has been convicted of a state felony to petition the Court of Common Pleas in the jurisdiction where the person resides for reinstatement of firearm privileges.  It is within the court’s discretion as to whether to grant the petition and allow the applicant to own a firearm again or to deny the petition.  The court will base its decision on multiple factors, including; (1) if the applicant has been living a “law-abiding” life since the felony incident, (2) the applicant is not prohibited from owning a firearm for any other reason, and (3) whether the applicant has completed jail/probation time.

Although, federal law prohibits anyone who is convicted of a federal felony from possessing a firearm, federal law provides limited options for a person to regain the right to own a firearm. A person convicted of a felony may be able to (1) petition a Court of Common Pleas for reinstatement of firearm privileges or (2) file an application to expunge the felony conviction.


Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP presents the information on this web site as a service to Internet users, including members of the public. While the information on this site is about legal issues, it is not intended as legal advice or as a substitute for the particularized advice of an attorney. The blog post does not represent the political views of Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP.  People seeking specific legal advice or assistance should contact an attorney.

Hannah Botkin-Doty Is G.O.L.D.

Congratulations to Hannah Botkin-Doty for being awarded the 2018 G.O.L.D. Award by the Capital University Law School Office of Alumni Relations. The G.O.L.D Award is given annually to a Capital University Law School JD “Graduate of the Last Decade” who has made significant achievements in his/her occupation and has made notable contributions to the legal profession and/or the Law School. #WomenofAchievement#GoodAsGOLD #PassionfortheLaw

All 2018 Alumni Award Recipients can be viewed athttp://law.capital.edu/2018AlumniAwardRecipients/


Hannah Botkin-Doty teaching Summer Adoption Law Institute

Learn about topics including: the history of adoption law, the adoption process, wrongful adoptions, the impact of artificial reproductive technology, second parent adoptions, and much more! Hear from exciting guest speakers with expert knowledge in specific practice areas such as the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Listen to adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share their personal journeys through the adoption process.



Benefits of Sealing a Criminal Record

Sealing a criminal record is valuable when applying for a job or license, seeking a line of credit, applying for educational programs, obtaining housing and securing other opportunities.  Most employers and landlords are not eligible to view a sealed criminal record.

Eligibility for Sealing Records

There are eligibility requirements when seeking to seal criminal records.  In most cases, a person can have no more than two misdemeanor convictions or one misdemeanor and one felony conviction to be eligible to have a criminal record sealed.

When two or more convictions are from the same criminal act, they shall be considered one conviction under the eligibility standard.  When two or three convictions result from the same charges and result from related criminal acts that were committed within a three-month period, the court has discretion to make all the acts count as one conviction under the eligibility standard.  A person who has pending criminal charges is not eligible.  Certain types of convictions, such as OVI’s (drunk driving), can never be sealed.

A conviction of a minor misdemeanor is not considered a conviction under the eligibility standards.  Therefore, a minor misdemeanor does not count as a misdemeanor towards the eligibility requirement of sealing the records.

Time for Filing a Request to Seal Records

After a certain time frame, eligible offenders may start the process to seal their record(s).  For misdemeanor convictions: one year after a final discharge.  For felony convictions: three years after a final discharge.

Any person who is found not guilty or has had charges dismissed against them may apply to the court for an order to seal the records anytime after the finding of not guilty or the dismissal of the charge.

Sealing the record for criminal convictions in Ohio requires a relatively small investment for a potentially significant benefit.  If you wish to know more about expungements, please contact attorney Scot Ciszewski at Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP.


Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP presents the information on this web site as a service to Internet users, including members of the public. While the information on this site is about legal issues, it is not intended as legal advice or as a substitute for the particularized advice of an attorney. People seeking specific legal advice or assistance should contact an attorney.