An advanced directive, also known as a living will, is an important aspect of estate planning. In short, this document provides doctors and caregivers instructions on what medical treatments you do or don’t want in the case that you’re unable to give those instructions yourself. Those instructions can include orders such as don’t resuscitate and orders regarding organ donation. By creating a living will now, you’ll ensure your last wishes are carried out while also preventing potential problems with loved ones. Living wills typically cover:
- Resuscitation, such as CPR or an electric shock to the heart
- Breathing machines
- Tube Feeding
- Palliative care
- Organ donations
Overview of Living Wills in Texas
A valid living will meets the following conditions:
- The declarant must be in a state of competence
- A requirement of two witnesses
- The living will can be oral with two witnesses and a present physician
- A written directive becomes part of your medical records. If the directive is oral, the witnesses have to sign the medical record
- Advanced directives are not operative for pregnant patients
Keep in mind that livings wills can be revoked at any time. You can sign and date the revocation or choose to do it orally. The revocation of the document takes effect one the document of intent is sent to an attending physician or when the physician is notified of the revocation. This document will remain valid until it’s revoked. Even more, there are additional legal conditions that’ll apply to these documents. As such, it’s best to contact an experienced attorney for a better understanding. Rashelle Fetty and The Fetty Firm can provide answers to your questions.
If you wish to learn more about this delicate matter, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can reach us by calling (214) 546-5746. Moreover, you can set an appointment by clicking here. Together, we’ll work towards a comprehensive, advanced directive based on your circumstances.