A health care power of attorney is a document that appoints someone to make medical decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. A health care power of attorney can save your family from the need to make an anguishing decision about what you would have wanted. It can also save your family from costly and divisive litigation.
At Kennedy & Jackson, located in Houston, we provide clear advice and comprehensive representation regarding health care powers of attorney, living wills and other estate planning documents. Our attorneys are board-certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
WHY DO I NEED A HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY?
Legal disputes occur frequently over the care of a person in a vegetative state. Sometimes the dispute is between family members over the care of a loved one, and sometimes it is between family members and doctors. The case of Terri Schiavo took years to resolve and led to lasting bitterness between Terri’s husband and her parents.
You may assume that if you tell family members what you want them to do, they would have the authority to speak for you. Without a health care power of attorney, however, no one would have the legal authority to speak for you. In fact, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, your family members may not even have access to your medical records.
A health care power of attorney allows you to name someone who can make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated. Your health care power of attorney works in conjunction with your living will or health care directive, in which you can specify whether you want extraordinary measures, such as feeding tubes and artificial respiration, to keep you alive if you are in a terminal state with no hope of recovery.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HEATH CARE POWERS OF ATTORNEY IN TEXAS
Our law office is located in the Galleria area of Houston, with free on-site parking available next to our office building. We provide a free — and confidential — initial consultation to all new potential clients to discuss health care powers of attorney.
To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, call 713-783-7444 or send us an email.