There comes a time when one may need a loved one to make medical decisions on their behalf. These decisions can involve whether or not to administer medications or, in extreme circumstances, whether or not to carry on life-sustaining treatment. Giving one the power to make these decisions in Texas requires a medical power of attorney. It is crucial that this authorization is prepared correctly. A mistake may mean a relative not being given the authority they need. It is also important to make decisions about your care in the event of a terminal condition. An advanced directive will direct your physicians on whether or not you wish to be kept on life support or not depending on your circumstances. Our Dallas estate planning lawyers prepare medical powers of attorney and advanced directives on behalf of clients and are able to assist in this area. Call our attorneys today.
Attorneys assisting Texas residents with creating medical powers of attorney and directives to physicians
There are two main health care documents in Texas for one who wishes to delegate decision making authority. The first of these documents is a medical power of attorney. The second is a directive to physician (also known as a living will or advanced directive). The medical power of attorney allows a person, known as an “agent,” to make decisions on your behalf in regards to care. The directive to physician sets limits on what types of care the physician may or may not administer in the event of a terminal condition. Properly drafting these documents is crucial as you must ensure that those you are entrusting both have the authority they need but, at the same time, are not in a position to overstep their bounds and go beyond your wishes. Hiring an attorney can help to ensure that these documents have the correct scope.
Our Dallas estate planning lawyers have helped numerous Texas residents prepare both medical powers of attorney and directives to physicians. At your initial consultation we will work to gain an understanding of your situation. It will be important to consider the balance between the need for care and quality of life. We will also look at factors such as potential stress on family members and who may be suitable to serve as your agent (Texas law does not allow the agent to be your healthcare provider or a residential care provider). It is important that one maintain dignity later in life and we help balance this need with the many other things that go into a patient’s wishes. We understand that this can be a sensitive topic to talk about and we will approach the preparation of your power of attorney and living will with the utmost respect for your situation. We are ready to assist you. Call our Dallas office today to speak with an attorney. We also service Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center.
Texas lawyers taking a collaborative approach to powers of attorney and living wills
Price L. Johnson and our attorneys take a team-oriented approach to all cases. We will work as a group to help develop the best solution for you and your family. Our collaborative approach helps to ensure that all possibilities are considered so that there are no surprises when those charged with responsibility have to step up to the plate. A medical power of attorney and living will are no small matter and it is important that all possibilities be considered. We make this type of planning our business so you can focus on the business of enjoying your life.
We are able to assist with other issues in addition to those mentioned above. These other areas include estate planning, the drafting of a last will and testament, and establishing the designation of a guardian. Contact us online or by telephone today.