“I read your article [about undergoing minor surgery] and am glad to hear you are recovering,” wrote Summit County Probate Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. “I, of course, noticed your reference to having not done your ‘homework’ prior to your procedure.” In the column, I rued my failure to have taken important steps before going under the knife: designating a health care power of attorney, signing a living will and (jokingly) clearing my browser history. “While I cannot help you with your browser history — and, well, I really don’t want to know,” she wrote, “I would like to point out to you and your readers that the documents you mentioned and many others are available free of charge through the Summit County Probate Court website.” That would be www.summitohioprobate.com/end-of-life-planning-page. The forms, which come with instructions, can be filled out online and then printed. “I encourage you and your readers to look at them, discuss them with loved ones, fill them out and give copies to healthcare providers and family members. “Why? Because if something bad happens, that is the wrong time to figure out what you would have wanted. And if the family can’t decide — well, I have t...