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A Medical Power of Attorney is a document used to designate someone to make health care and treatment decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated.
Texas law allows an individual, including a minor, through a Medical Power of Attorney, to designate an agent to make health care decisions on that individual’s behalf if the individual’s doctor certifies that the individual is incompetent to make such decisions.
Unless otherwise stated, a Medical Power of Attorney gives the representative the authority to make any and all health care decisions in accordance with the individual’s wishes. The representative may consent, refuse, withdraw, or withhold treatment, including life-sustaining services.
This power of attorney does not allow for a decision on voluntary inpatient mental health services, convulsive treatment, psychosurgery, abortion, or the neglect of the individual through the omission of care primarily intended to provide for comfort.
A Medical Power of Attorney must be completed while the individual is competent to make the needed decisions, and witnessed by two people. At least one of the witnesses cannot be a health care provider, employee, spouse, or heir of the individual.
I can prepare one for you along with your Will and Living Will. I advise that you prepare all three documents at the same time.