A Medical Directive in Texas is a document that helps you communicate your end-of-life wishes while you are still competent and able to make such decisions. During my practice, many individuals have stated that while they were comfortable making medical decisions for their loved ones under the loved one’s medical power of attorney, they were very thankful that when the time came to make decisions about whether or not to allow their loved one to live the rest of their life with artificial measures, such decision had already been made by their loved one via their Texas Medical Directive document.
When completing a Medical Directive in Texas, you are given certain scenarios wherein you are to decide if you want life sustaining treatment withheld and to be left to die peacefully or if you want life sustaining treatment administered. The Texas legislature has provided certain definitions of which you need to be aware in order for you to make informed decisions about your end-of-life wishes. Generally, it is a good idea to speak with an estate planning attorney about such language and definitions before signing such documentation as you want to make sure that your decisions are ones that are based upon your full knowledge and understanding of the medical terms used in such documents.
A Medical Directive in Texas is not only signed by you, but is also required to be notarized and signed before two witnesses that are not in anyway employed or connected to your treating physician or hospital facility.
Having a Medical Directive is not only wise in that you are being able to make sure that your end-of-life wishes are being carried out when you are unable to communicate such wishes yourself, it gives your loved ones peace of mind that they were not the ones that had to make such a gut-wrenching decision on your behalf.