Advanced Directives & Power of Attorney
Our Frisco and Plano Estate Planning Attorneys Help You Make Your Wishes Known
An advanced directive is a legal document in which you communicate your medical care decisions to your loved ones and health care professionals should you become incapacitated by injury or illness. Living wills and powers of attorney are the primary types of advanced directives.
Use of an advanced directive is not just reserved for elderly individuals and sick patients. Everybody should have these documents prepared. Even if you are healthy and young, an unexpected accident or disease can render you unable to make decisions. An advanced directive can better ensure that your wishes are truly honored and can spare your family the anguish of having to make heartbreaking end-of-life decisions on your behalf.
Albin Roach is a local firm dedicated to our communities in Collin County. We recognize that discussing end-of-life matters can feel unsettling. Our Frisco and Plano estate planning lawyers thoughtfully guide you through the process so you have the peace of mind of knowing your advanced directives comply with the law and reflect your wishes and alleviate concerns of your family members.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney authorizes another person to make legal, financial or medical decisions on your behalf. The instrument may be general or limited in scope. For example, a power of attorney may cover a specific one-time event — such as a single real estate or business transaction — or it may cover all parenting decisions, banking transactions or medical matters. Also, you can direct a power of attorney to go into effect immediately or only in the event that you become incapacitated.
The Texas Durable Power of Attorney Act provides strict requirements for execution of the document. However, the provisions you are permitted to include in the document are relatively flexible, depending upon your individual needs and circumstances.
A living will specifies the types of treatments you authorize should you be unable to communicate with your health care providers. Basically, you give or withhold consent ahead of time. Your living will lets you make important life-sustaining and end-of-life decisions, such as whether medical providers should:
- Use life-sustaining equipment — including dialysis, respirators and ventilators
- Follow do not resuscitate (DNR) orders regarding CPR
- Apply artificial means of hydration and nutrition
- Withhold liquids and foods
- Accept organ and tissue donations
The Texas Advanced Directive Act of 1999 governs execution of this important document. However, as with your power of attorney, you are able to create a living will that aligns with your own philosophies, faith and desires.
What You Need to Know About Advanced Directives
Albin Roach provides answers to common questions regarding:
- Choosing an agent — Appoint an agent who you trust to comply with your instructions. The agent may be a family member, but sometimes a close friend is the more appropriate choice.
- Storing advanced directives — Keep your advanced directives in a safe and accessible place, and notify key people about where you have stored the documents.
- Expiration of advanced directives — Unless the document specifies an expiration date, your advanced directives remain valid.
- Changing advanced directives — You have the right to revise or revoke your advanced directives at any time.
Our attorneys are available to answer all of your questions about your estate documents.
Find Out More About Advanced Directives in Texas
To discuss advanced directives with an attorney, call Albin Roach at 214-423-5100 or contact us online.