The Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates
Austin, TX Attorney R. Brian Daniel
The Texas Statutory Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates (also known as the “Living Will”), is a document that can prove to be extremely important both while you are alive, and immediately after your death. This Living Will document directs your family and your health care providers regarding your wishes should you become incapacitated. Within the Living Will are instructions telling your family and your health care providers how you want your health care managed if you are in a coma, a persistently vegetative state or some other state of legal or mental incapacity. It is this document that gives your family and your health care providers instructions regarding whether you want life sustaining measures carried out, or whether you want them to be withheld and/or withdrawn. You can also dictate (if you do want life sustaining measures withdrawn and withheld) that you desire continued pain killers and/or nourishment until the time of your death. Without directions from you regarding this very sensitive subject, it may be left to your family or your doctors to determine whether to keep you on life support for an extended period of time or, potentially, for years.
Do Living Wills Work With Regular Wills?
At The Daniel Law Firm, we offer a Will Package that includes a Living Will, a Last Will and Testament, a Medical Power of Attorney, a General Power of Attorney and a Land Power of Attorney (for use if you own real estate at the time of your death or incapacity). By combining all of these very important documents, your Dripping Springs Living Will Attorney can make certain that the documents are in sync with each other and that they are all in compliance with the laws of the State of Texas.
If you are considering creating a Living Will in the State of Texas, Contact a Dripping Springs Estate Planning Attorney at The Daniel Law Firm. Call us today at (512) 615-3569.