An Advance Healthcare Directive, Sometimes referred to as a Living Will, gives you the opportunity to communicate your wishes about the medical care you would want to receive if you are unable to communicate your wishes. Living Wills in Texas often include five documents:
- A Directive to the Physician that states what type of life-sustaining care you want if you were to become terminally ill or suffer an incapacitating injury.
- A Medical Power of Attorney gives a named person the authority to make healthcare decisions on your behalf.
- A “Do Not Resuscitate” order (DNR) if you prefer not to have any extraordinary measures taken in the event that you suffer cardiac or respiratory arrest.
- A Directive for Mental Health Treatment allows you to specify the mental health treatments you would permit, if any.
- A HIPPA document authorizes someone to talk to your medical doctor and to access your medical records.
These documents are part of an overall estate plan, and should be a priority along with the preparation of a Will. It is strongly recommended that every person have, at the very least, a Directive to the Physician and a Medical Power of Attorney.
Advance Healthcare Directive Lawyers
The estate planning lawyers at the El Paso Law Offices of Victor H. Falvey have helped countless families communicate their wishes for medical care with clearly written Advance Healthcare Directives. While it can feel intimidating to try to consider every future possibility, we will walk you through it step by step so you have an opportunity to consider all of your choices.
- Will you want the doctors to take extraordinary measures?
- Are there any medical procedures you would not want?
- Do you want water and food to be provided to you in every situation?
We have helped many families just like yours make important decisions like these. We will produce a set of medical directives that clearly communicate your wishes and ensures, to the fullest possible extent, that they can be followed when they need to be.