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Living Wills in Texas

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Should You Consider A Living Will?

A living will, also known as an advance healthcare directive or healthcare declaration, is a legal document that outlines an individual's preferences regarding medical treatment and decisions in the event they are unable to communicate or make choices for themselves due to incapacitation. It's a crucial part of an individual's estate planning and healthcare decision-making process.

Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law is your trusted source for understanding and establishing living wills in Houston, Texas. A living will is a crucial legal document that empowers you to communicate your medical treatment preferences and decisions in the event you are unable to do so. It is an essential component of an individual's estate planning, ensuring their wishes are honored and respected during challenging times.

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What is a Living Will?

A living will, also known as an advance healthcare directive, is a written document that outlines an individual's specific instructions regarding the type of medical care and treatment they wish to receive if they become unable to express their preferences. This legal instrument guides healthcare providers and family members, ensuring medical decisions align with the individual's desires.

The Importance of a Living Will:

Personalized Medical Care: A living will enables you to customize your medical care according to your values, beliefs, and preferences.

Relieves Family Burden: It alleviates the burden on family members by providing clear directives, thus sparing them from making challenging decisions during an emotionally stressful time.

Empowers Decision Making: You retain control over your medical decisions, empowering you to make choices that resonate with your wishes.

Ensures Dignified Care: By clearly stating your preferences, you can ensure you receive the type of care that aligns with your dignity and quality of life.

Crafting a Living Will with Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law:

Consultation and Assessment: Our team begins by understanding your unique circumstances, values, and medical preferences to create a tailored living will that reflects your wishes.

Comprehensive Legal Guidance: We provide clear, detailed explanations of the legal aspects involved in creating a living will, ensuring you understand every aspect of the document.

Personalized Document Drafting: Our experienced attorneys work closely with you to draft a comprehensive living will that covers various medical scenarios and treatment preferences.

Review and Updates: We encourage regular reviews of your living will to ensure it remains up-to-date with your current preferences and any changes in healthcare laws.

Living Wills vs Living Trusts

A living will is a legal document that outlines an individual's healthcare preferences and treatment choices in case they become incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes, primarily focusing on medical decisions and end-of-life care. On the other hand, a living trust is a legal entity established during an individual's lifetime to manage and distribute assets, investments, and property seamlessly during their lifetime and after their death. While a living will addresses healthcare decisions, a living trust deals with financial and asset management, providing a comprehensive solution for estate planning and asset distribution. Many individuals opt for both to ensure their healthcare and financial wishes are appropriately addressed.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the legal requirements for a living will in Texas?

In Texas, a living will must be in writing, signed by the individual creating it, and witnessed by at least two adults who are not related to the person creating the living will. It is also advisable to have the living will notarized to add an extra layer of legal validity.

What happens if someone does not have a living will?

If someone does not have a living will, their medical treatment and care decisions may be left to family members or healthcare providers. Having a living will in place ensures that the individual's preferences are known and followed, reducing potential conflicts and uncertainty during difficult times.

Is a living will the same as a durable power of attorney for healthcare?

No, a living will and a durable power of attorney for healthcare are not the same. While a living will outlines specific medical treatment preferences, a durable power of attorney for healthcare designates a trusted individual to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the individual if they are unable to do so themselves.

Why Choose Our Living Will Lawyers?

At Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law, we prioritize your peace of mind and well-being. Our dedicated legal team specializes in estate planning, ensuring your wishes are accurately and legally documented. With years of experience serving the Houston community, we are committed to providing compassionate guidance throughout the living will creation process.

If you're seeking to establish a living will in Houston, Texas, trust Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law to guide you through this critical aspect of your estate planning journey. Your wishes matter, and we are here to help you ensure they are honored, respected, and legally protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing your future healthcare decisions.

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