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.
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) 560-6288 to request a free consultation. You can also use our online schedulerto make an appointment that fits your schedule.