In addition to your Will, you should consider important Healthcare Documents as part of your
personal planning. Amaral Tellawi Law offers a reasonably priced Complete Estate Planning Portfolio that includes all of the most up-to-date Healthcare Documents documents listed below.
The following is a brief explanation of some of the documents that should be considered for use in your estate plan:
Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
This document is designed to appoint a person or persons to manage your financial and business affairs should you become mentally or physically unable to do so. Do you own real property, stocks, bonds, options, etc? Do you file a tax return? Do you have claims against other or do others have claims against you? Do you receive benefits from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid? If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, it may be critical for you to have this document in
place to avoid a Guardianship.
Medical Power of Attorney
The Medical Power of Attorney appoints a person or persons to consent to medical care on your behalf should you suffer an injury or become mentally or physically disabled. The appointed person's authority begins only after your doctor certifies that you are unable to make your own decisions. Think about these questions: Who would you want to consent or refuse to consent to medical treatment on your behalf? Who would you like to make decisions about withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment or life-support?
Directive to Physicians
The Directive to Physicians, also known as a "Living Will" requests your doctor to follow the instructions of your agent appointed in your Medical Power of Attorney. This document makes clear your choice regarding life-sustaining treatment or life-support systems in the event of a terminal illness or irrevocable condition. Ponder this: Would you like to be kept alive on life support systems if you are suffering from an incurable or irreversible condition caused by injury, disease, or illness. Click here for additional info about Directives.
A HIPAA authorization allows you to name a person or persons who can have access to your medical information. This form is needed so that your health care or insurance providers have no reservations about sharing your protected medical information with them.
Declaration of Guardian for Self
The Declaration of Guardian form allows you to appoint who will serve as the guardian of your person and of your estate should one ever need to be appointed. You may also declare that you do not want a particular person to serve as your guardian. Do you have a parent or a close family member suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?
Declaration of Guardian for Minor Children
Who will care for your minor children if you are incapacitated? The Declaration of Guardian for Minor Children allows you to appoint who will serve as the guardian of your minor children (under age 18) and of their estate should one ever need to be appointed. You may appoint two different guardians, one to be the guardian of your child’s person and one to be the guardian of the estate. You may also declare that you do not want a particular person to serve as their guardian. In Texas, a natural surviving parent will always take a biological child over any other person listed in the deceased parent’s document.
These documents meet the basic needs that most people are trying to satisfy when making estate plans. More complex planning may be appropriate and is available for those clients with more complex needs. Our focus is on total client satisfaction through effective communication and a thorough understanding of our clients’ financial and lifestyle goals and objectives.
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