Medical Powers of Attorney and Directives

Planning For When Your Mind Fades

A Texas Directive to Physicians allows you to specify what kind of life sustaining treatment should be administered or withheld if you are diagnosed with: A terminal condition from which you are expected to die within six months, even with available life‑sustaining treatment provided in accordance with prevailing standards of medical care; or An irreversibleRead More

Can a Minor Child Witness a Medical Power of Attorney?

“My mom has a power of attorney that was witnessed by someone under 18,” she said. “Is it valid?” The Texas statutes specify that a medical power of attorney must be signed by the principal in the presence of two witnesses who qualify under Section 166.003, who must also sign the document. Section 166.003 providesRead More

Why Doctors Choose to Die Differently

An article written by Dr. Jacquelyn Corley on CNN titled “Why Doctor’s Choose to Die Differently” explains why doctors are less likely to demand aggressive end-of-life care than the general public. In the article, Dr. Corley shares a story of a patient who had suffered a massive hypertensive hemorrhage. Within two days, tests revealed thatRead More

Storing Your Health Care Directives: There’s an App for That!

I have written before about the importance of having health care directives. These documents allow you to appoint a trusted family member or friend to make medical decisions for you when you are incapacitated. Having paper copies of these documents works really well if you know you’re going to be hospitalized. You can just take themRead More

Can I Sign a Medical Power of Attorney for Someone Else?

I got a phone call from a man last week seeking information on how to revoke a Medical Power of Attorney. After talking to him for a few minutes, I became confused. The man started the conversation saying that his father had signed the Medical Power of Attorney several years ago. His father now wantedRead More

Will my End-of-Life Wishes Be Honored if I am Pregnant?

Erick Munoz’s nightmare began on November 26 when he found his wife, who was 14 weeks pregnant, lying unconscious on their kitchen. Although she was rushed to the hospital, it was too late. Doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas told the family Marlise Munoz was brain dead. Marlise, a paramedic, didn’tRead More