A Texas Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is crucial for people who wish to protect themselves in case they can no longer communicate their wishes relating to their health and therefore can not actively take part in making any decisions for their own lives. Any competent adult is eligible to execute a will at any time in order to direct the providing, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments.
A basic template can be used to outline the steps people want to be taken in all the worst-case scenarios - including pain management, instructions on personal grooming and bathing, and any steps regarding the desired religious, spiritual and emotional support. It allows an individual to legally refuse treatment, even if this might lead to death. A person can also indicate their wish to donate their organs and tissues after death.
A Texas Living Will is regulated by § 166.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The document must be witnessed by two (2) people or a notary and is not valid if the patient is pregnant. A durable power of attorney for health care also requires two (2) witnesses.
A Living Will is a legal document that specifies the type of medical care that an individual does or does not want in the event if they are unable to communicate their wishes. Living Wills come into play only when one faces a life-threatening condition and is unable to assert their specific desires regarding treatment.
In the case when an individual suffering from a terminal illness or with a life-threatening injury falls unconscious, hospitals and doctors must refer to their will to determine whether or not the patient wanted life-sustaining treatment, such as tube feeding or assisted breathing.
An individual can print a will to pre-organize their health care in the future situation, to prevent major arguments between family members, to control any necessary medical treatments and procedures and to reduce potential extra medical bills.
A basic Living Will can be completed without a lawyer or an attorney. In order to create a will in Texas, an individual must be competent, be wanting to complete all paperwork voluntarily and sign the document.
The document can be either very broad or very specific in nature according to the wishes of the patient. It is basically the patient's declaration - a written statement of what they want to occur in the event of a serious accident or illness. It is primarily directed to the medical personnel and focuses on the type of care the patient wishes to have or wishes not to have, under situations of terminal illness or incapacitation.