Texas Living Will (aka Advance Directive)
What is a Living Will?
A living will (also known as an "advance healthcare directive" or "directive to physicians") is a comprehensive legal document that spells out how you wish to handle certain aspects of your medical care in the event you become incapacitated.
Who can create a Living Will?
You must be at least 18 years of age, of sound mind, and acting on your own free will to sign a living will. Further, you must do so in the presence of two witnesses. But don’t worry — you don’t need an attorney to complete this legal form.
How much does a Living Will cost?
The cost to complete this important legal form is minimal. For just $40, you can get a custom attorney-prepared Living Will.
What sorts of decisions are covered?
A living will permits you to instruct your doctor not to use artificial methods, such as a breathing tube or feeding tube, to extend your life if you are already in the process of dying. Or, if you prefer, you can request that your life be extended as long as possible. It’s your choice — but you may not be able to make it in the future, if you don’t sign a living will in advance.
How do I know what decision to make?
If you’re not sure how to proceed, it may be a good idea to talk to your family members and loved ones about your options beforehand. You can also ask a qualified attorney for advice. Again, it is ultimately your decision to make.
Who do I inform about my Living Will?
Most importantly, you’ll want to tell your physician that your advance directive exists. Be sure to also mention it to friends and loved ones.
When does a Living Will become effective?
This legal document becomes effective and enforceable only if and when you become a qualified patient, meaning that you have a terminal condition, which has been diagnosed in writing by your physician.
Can I revoke a Living Will?
Yes. Even if you are in the final stages of an irreversible condition, you can still revoke a previously signed living will. Tell your physician about your decision, and he or she will mark your previous directive/Living Will VOID, so that you may receive life-sustaining treatment.
|Living Will/Advance Directive||$40|
|Transfer on Death Deed||$125|