Statutory Medical Power of Attorney
Legal Counsel from Montgomery County Estate Planning Lawyers
The future has many possibilities and making difficult decisions. Enlisting another person to make decisions for you in case you are no longer able to, such as if you become seriously ill, suffer permanent disability, or are otherwise incapable of making sound decisions.
The individual you appoint to act as power of attorney is an agent. You have given the agent permission to minimize the confusion and lessen any stress or frustration that come with many of these crucial end-of-life decisions in planning your estate. Medical powers of attorney are not reserved only for the elderly. It is a wise move in preparing for what the future could bring.
How Does the Process Begin?
Without appointing a medical power of attorney, decisions about your medical care may fall upon family members, doctors, and even the court system. They may not have intimate knowledge of your needs or preferences. The first document you will need is the form where you name your intended medical power of attorney. The second document will detail the type of medical treatment you expect to receive or wish not to receive.
The agent you appoint may not include the following:
- A health care provider
- An employee of your health care provider
- A residential care provider
- Employees of your residential care provider
Medical power of attorney begins as soon as you appoint your agent and will continue indefinitely, or at least until you revoke the agent’s powers. Choosing an agent whom you trust and can depend on to make your health care decisions on your behalf. As always, you can seek counsel from our Montgomery County estate planning attorney to discuss medical powers of attorney and living wills. Dossey & Jones, PLLC can help you create the necessary documents and form plans to protect your best interests moving forward in the future.
Contact our Woodlands estate planning attorneys today to schedule your consultation!