Medical Power of Attorney in Dallas-Fort Worth
Sound Counsel for Durable MPOAs in Texas
Navigating medical and healthcare decisions can be a complex process, especially for Texans who may be unfit to make these important decisions for themselves. In the event that you become incapacitated or are otherwise incapable of making healthcare decisions for yourself, a Medical Power of Attorney (“MPOA”) can help resolve the issue by empowering a trusted agent of your choosing to step in and make informed medical decisions on your behalf, ensuring that your healthcare preferences are respected and the best possible choices are made in line with your values and wishes.
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What Is a Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA)?
In Texas, a durable Power of Attorney or POA is a legal document that allows Texans to designate a trusted party to make important decisions—such as financial, medical, and other legal decisions—on their behalf in the event that they become incapacitated, or are otherwise incapable of making these decisions for themselves. POAs can take various forms, including financial POAs.
A Medical Power of Attorney is more than just a piece of paper—it's a legally binding document to safeguard your future health and wellbeing. An MPOA allows you to appoint a trusted individual or “agent” to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
Selecting an Agent for a Texas MPOA
Creating a legally effective (“durable”) MPOA can ensure that a person’s healthcare wishes are respected and carried out, even if they can't communicate them independently due to incapacitation or illness. The appointed agent in MPOAs is granted the authority to make a wide range of health-related decisions, from consenting to or refusing medical treatment to deciding long-term care options.
However, the power of the appointed MPOA agent is limited. The agent is legally obligated to act in the principal's best interests while complying with all terms and conditions outlined in the document.
Legal Requirements for MPOAs in Texas
To create a valid MPOA, certain legal requirements must be met. Texas law requires the principal to read a disclosure statement explaining the implications of an MPOA before signing to express their agreement and understanding of its terms and conditions. For an MPOA to be legally valid, the principal must sign the MPOA before two witnesses or have their signature acknowledged by a notary public.
When choosing an agent, it’s essential to consider their willingness and ability to make potentially difficult decisions for your life and health. The principal may also benefit from discussing their healthcare preferences with potential agents in advance to gain a better understanding of that person’s approach and capabilities.
Can a Texas MPOA Be Revoked or Modified?
Yes. You can revoke or modify your MPOA at any point, as long as you demonstrate the mental competence to do so.
Living Wills vs. MPOAs: What’s the Difference?
Both MPOAs and living wills are essential components of Texas estate planning, but they aren’t the same. Each serves its own distinct purpose when it comes to Texas law.
A living will is a legal document that outlines your end-of-life healthcare preferences. Unlike the MPOA, living wills do not appoint an agent to make decisions for you. Instead, it declares your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments and medical care in the event of a terminal condition or permanent unconsciousness.
Contact a Trusted MPOA Lawyer in DFW
Our knowledgeable advocates at Crain & Wooley provide superior representation to Texas families in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. With a focus on compassion and transparency, you can trust our Texas attorneys to guide you and your loved ones with integrity and wisdom.
Our award-winning lawyers have a successful track record of delivering high-end counsel to Texans in need, from probate law to estate planning to trusts. Don’t wait to lay the foundation for your future. Reach out to our firm to learn how we can help ensure your loved ones are cared for in the years to come.
Preparing for the future can be difficult, but you don’t have to navigate the complexities of estate planning alone. Call (972) 945-1610 to book an appointment with an experienced attorney in DFW.
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