The living will form type of document in Texas is known as an Advance Directive. An advance directive is created to communicate your wishes regarding decisions about your health to your attending physician or another medical care provider if you fall ill or sustain an injury that makes you unable to make such decisions or communicate them.
An advance directive is not the only type of document that you may want to have if you get a life-threatening condition or a serious illness. Three documents may be required when such an event happens:
Some people also have a directive that covers the decisions on the donation of organs or tissues.
To create an advance directive in Texas, the person needs to be:
Remember to notify your physician about your advance directive. Attach it to your medical record as soon as it is created. If your physician decides not to execute what is stated in your advance directive, they need to make an effort to transfer your care to a different specialist (§166.045 of Texas Statutes).
Nobody can force you to sign the advance directive. Nobody can deny your health services or insurance if you do not have one. You can revoke the advance directive. Remember that you can do it any time, but your physician needs to be made aware of that.
Two competent adult witnesses need to sign the directive, or a notary public can acknowledge it. At least one of the witnesses cannot be someone who:
Section §166.037 of the Texas Statutes states that you can change your mind about receiving a life-sustaining treatment, and this decision will override what is written in the advance directive.
According to the §166.033 section of the Health and Safety Code of the Texas Statutes, if you have the Medical Power of Attorney, you do not need to name an agent, or agents (someone who will be communicating your wishes and making decisions regarding your health), in your advance directive.
There are several steps you need to go through to create an advance directive:
1. Download the form
To start filling out a living will form or an advance directive, you can utilize our convenient Online Forms Building Software. Review the form first and then proceed to fill it out.
2. State your full name and initial the choices
Enter the full legal name of the person who is creating the directive. Then read the following paragraphs carefully to make an informed choice on how you want to be treated if a terminal or irreversible condition arises.
3. State any additional requests
If you have any additional requests, state it at this stage. You may want to consult with your physician and with your family on these.
4. Designate the agent
In case you do not have the Medical Power of Attorney, assign here the person, or the persons, who will be making treatment and other healthcare decisions on your behalf.
5. Complete the form with your signature
Sign the form and state the date and the city, country, and state of residence.
6. Make sure the witnesses sign the form
Two competent adult witnesses must sign the form to acknowledge the signature of the declarant.