Power Of Attorney And Other Advance Directives

Make Medical Decisions Easier

It is not pleasant to think about planning your estate or making medical decisions for yourself. However, it is necessary. If you do not, you are leaving your family with tough decisions in the event of your incapacitation. You also are taking away your own power to make decisions, as the court will appoint someone to make decisions for you if you are medically incapacitated.

At Gonzalez Law, PLLC, we believe that you can make your life easier and your family's life easier, in one step, by arranging your medical power of attorney and other advance directives.

Protecting Your Wishes, No Matter What

You deserve to make decisions about your own life, and have those decisions respected. The easiest way to do that is to arrange advance directives for yourself. This means that legally, you can be sure that you will have your wishes followed.

There are several types of advance directive forms, the most common being:

  • A living will. This describes your preferences around medical treatment when facing a terminal or irreversible condition. It is also known as a "pull the plug/don't pull the plug" directive, and can include things like "do not resuscitate" orders.
  • A power of attorney. The person you choose to be your power of attorney is the person who will act on your behalf in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. This can encompass medical and financial decisions, although you can choose separate people for each area if you would like.
  • HIPAA release. This directive lists the individuals that you authorize to have access to critical medical information and records from any medical personnel, so that your power of attorney agents will have the best information on hand when asked to make medical decisions on your behalf.

In other instances, a lady bird deed may be an effective vehicle to allow you to avoid probate, but still preserve your estate from Medicaid's reach after a loved one passes. Timing is everything with a lady bird deed. If you become incapacitated, you deserve to have your wishes respected. Laying them out in a legal document is the way to be absolutely sure that it will happen.

If you find yourself too late to change the course of events because of a loved one's incapacity, then you must become educated about what you can expect when the time comes to deal with the consequences.

Get A Professional Opinion Today

It is important to arrange your advance directives early, as you cannot make them when you are already incapacitated. To discuss your situation with a skilled estate planning lawyer, call our Fort Worth office at 817-349-7730 today.