Preparing for the end of your life can be a touchy subject. No one likes to think about what happens if you are terminally ill but unable to tell the doctor what type of treatment you want. Making a living will ahead of time is smart because it gives you more control over what type of medical care you receive and lessens the stress on your loved ones. Each state has its living will requirements. This article discusses living wills that are made in Texas.
A living will is a legal document that specifies to your healthcare providers what type of medical treatment you want to receive at the end of your life. It is only effective if you cannot express your wishes concerning your medical care. A physician must also first declare that you have a terminal or irreversible condition.
A living will allows you to request or refuse treatments that may extend your life or make your last days more comfortable. They also relieve your family from making those difficult decisions for you. Any adult can make a living will, and it is recommended to review your decisions every two or three years. Life changes can happen that influence what you want in your living will. You can update your living will if you revoke or destroy the previous version.
In Texas, this is what creating a living will require:
You do not need to notarize the will to make it valid in Texas. It is considered a self-proving document.
A living will cover several issues, such as:
A medical power of attorney can make healthcare decisions for you, even if you are not in your last days. A living will only cover the period at the end of a terminal or irreversible condition when you cannot express your wishes.
A physician or doctor must first confirm that you are terminally sick or have an irreversible condition before the living is put into effect. You don’t need a living will if you are still coherent enough to make health decisions independently.
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