Medical Powers of Attorney and Directives

Free Medical Power of Attorney for Texas’ Heroes

Every day, I am moved by stories of courageous Texans risking their lives to protect and care for the most vulnerable among us. The heroes of the pandemic are not only medical first responders, but also the essential workers who clean our buildings; work in warehouses and grocery stores; deliver mail, packages and groceries; keep … Read More

Does My Texas Medical Power Of Attorney Need To Be Notarized?

Many people have medical powers of attorney that they have signed in the presence of two witnesses. They become concerned that their power of attorney is not valid because it has not been signed in the presence of a notary. “Does my Texas medical power of attorney need to be notarized?” they ask. A Texas … Read More

Who Makes Medical Decisions in Texas If There Is No Medical Power of Attorney?

I received an email from someone whose uncle recently suffered several strokes and became incapacitated as a result. He didn’t have a Medical Power of Attorney. The nephew asked if it was possible to obtain the Texas Medical Power of Attorney at this point to make medical decisions for him. What is a Medical Power … Read More

Do I Have to Name My Children as Medical Power of Attorney?

She had two adult children, but her niece was more like a daughter to her. Her niece was also a nurse, who she believed would be better suited to make medical decisions on her behalf. “Can I appoint appoint her instead of my children?” she asked. If you have not executed a Medical Power of … Read More

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 irreversible … Read 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 provides … Read More