Dallas-Fort Worth Disability Planning Lawyers
Reliable Legal Representation In Your Corner
Crain & Wooley is dedicated to helping our clients pro-actively create the legal documents needed to make sure someone can make important decisions on their behalf if they are ever incapacitated or unable to speak for themselves. If you don’t want your loved ones to be burdened with difficult decisions because you can’t express your wishes, then please reach out to our firm today so we can equip you with the right legal tools.
Who Needs Disability Documents?
Anyone 18 years old or older can benefit from disability planning. Did you know that even if your kids are still on your health insurance and you are providing financial support, you have no legal right to make medical or financial decisions on their behalf? Once a person reaches the age of 18, they are considered an adult, and as such, they are afforded medical and financial privacy.
So if your child goes off to college to pursue a degree and needs you to handle an important financial matter while they are abroad or if they ask you to find their medical records, you must have their written authority to do so. However, with the right power of attorney documents, you can “take care of business” for your kid in their time of need.
Durable Power of Attorney
This legal document allows you to designate a person you trust to handle your finances during times of temporary or permanent incapacity. This person can access your bank accounts, brokerage accounts, and safety deposit box. They also have the authority to sign tax returns, deeds, and mortgages. With a durable power of attorney, you can avoid the cost and hassle of guardianship proceedings if you are ever incapacitated.
Medical Power of Attorney
A medical power of attorney grants a person you trust the legal authority to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are unable to communicate with your doctors. The person you select has a legal duty to work with your doctors and health care providers to make sure your specific wishes regarding the types of healthcare treatments you want or don’t want are respected.
Declaration to Physicians
This document is sometimes known by the slang term living will. This is confusing because it has nothing to do with Last Wills and Testaments. A declaration to physicians is a statement regarding YOUR wishes should you be unable to communicate with the doctor about using or not using machines to support vital life functions like breathing and eating.
Global HIPPA Release
We have all signed a singular HIPPA release that allows one specific doctor to talk to a singular person about an individual medical procedure. A global HIPPA release is imperative because it allows your medical power of attorney to talk with any doctor about your total medical history in order to make well-informed decisions.
Declaration of Guardian in Advance
Should you find yourself in a time in life in which you have zero ability to make your own decisions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.), a declaration of guardian in advance allows you to name a guardian of your person and your estate in advance, thereby, limiting the number of court hearings necessary for another adult to assume the responsibility of total physical and financial control over you.
Call our Texas law firm at (972) 945-1610 for help in Plano or Mansfield.
Draft Your Disability Documents Today
The documents listed above cease to have power when a person passes away and are not suitable replacements for a trust or last will and testament. Successful estate planning is all about making smart choices while you are still able-bodied and mentally competent. You never know when an unexpected health crisis or serious accident might occur, which is why you need to visit with our experienced legal team so we can help get your important affairs in order.
If you would like to create disability documents, then please call our law firm at (972) 945-1610 to request a free consultation. You can also use our online scheduler to make an appointment that fits your schedule.
"Very Professional, Thorough and Good Communicators"Justin and his staff were very professional, thorough and good communicators. They prepared every doc they committed to, and in a timely manner. I like the lump sum fee arrangement. I would definitely recommend them.- Bart Hubbard
"We are so grateful we did this."
We had been wanting to do and understand a trust for a long time. Once we received the meeting invite, the rest was easy. We learned about wills and trusts in an understandable way. Justin and his team are organized, thorough, friendly and helpful. They coordinated and explained each step of the process. We are so grateful we did this. The cost was invaluable. Thank you for everything.- Shelly Torti
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We attended a lunch seminar hosted by Shelly Joyner and her team to listen and learn more about our options with Trusts. Based on Shelly's presentation, examples, and knowledge of Trusts, we were sold on Crain & Wooley as the firm to prepare and manage our Trust.
The Crain & Wooley process from start to finish was fast, efficient and very professional. Throughout the progression, both Shelly and Steve Crosby communicated, answered all our questions, and provided various trust documents through the portal for our review /comments.
Would highly recommend the services of Crain & Wooley!!- Paul & Helen Cherry
"Made the Entire Process a Seamless Operation"
Finding a law firm to assist me in creating a "Living Trust" was very confusing. After interviewing three law firms, I chose Crain & Wooley.
They got back to me quickly after the initial consultation and made the entire process a seamless operation.
I highly recommend and will work with Shelly Joyner and Crain & Wiiley again in the future.- Ricky Ellis
"I would return for other legal issues and would highly recommend this firm for legal advice."I am very pleased with the professional services of Crain and Wooley law firm with the trust documents formalized on my behalf. The fees were fair and the result was done in a few weeks. Terms and legal explanations were understood. I would return for other legal issues and would highly recommend this firm for legal advice.- Alex Montanez
"I had a fantastic experience with your law firm and now I can relax!"I had a fantastic experience with your law firm and now I can relax because I have my affairs in order! It was a very easy process, very informative, easy to gather their information and get the awesome result of having all my documents into my trust. Very impressed with the professionalism of Shelly Joiner, Jessica and Steve. I highly recommend this law firm Crain & Wooley for all the estate planning needs. Thank you!- Wanda Echevarria
"Very Thorough In Explaining My Options"Shelly was very thorough in explaining my options in estate planning and reviewing the documents I did have. I appreciate the speed and ease in completing my documents and support in transitioning my home into our living trust.- David Smith
"We Felt Valued, Cared for and Appreciated"It was a pleasure working with Justin Crain, Shelly Joyner, Steve Crosby, and the entire staff at Crain and Wooley. From the moment we walked into their office, we felt valued, cared for and appreciated. Justin took the time to explain to us the benefits of creating a trust and patiently answered all of our questions. My wife and I particularly appreciated their educational emphasis. They provided us with videos and literature that deepened our understanding of the process and purpose of creating a trust. We never felt any pressure during our meetings with them to purchase any legal products or services. They educated us, encouraged us to ask questions, and let us make our own decision. We did decide to create a living trust, and we are very pleased with the results.- William Benninghoff
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