Medical Powers of Attorney and Directives

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

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 that … Read 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 them … Read 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 wanted … Read More