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The advantages of advance directives in Texas estate planning

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Advance directives such as a living will and durable power of attorney play an important role in Texas estate planning. They offer individuals the opportunity to make important decisions regarding their health care.

By including advance directives, people can get a sense of control and peace of mind that others will honor their wishes in unforeseen circumstances.

Health care decisions

One significant advantage of advance directives is the ability to specify health care preferences. Individuals can maintain autonomy over their medical care, even if they become unable to communicate their wishes. This proactive approach empowers individuals to make decisions that align with their values and beliefs.

A living will allows you to express your choices regarding common medical treatments, those you wish to receive, those you want to avoid and the conditions under which each choice applies.

Durable power of attorney for health care designates a health care proxy to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to communicate. Your proxy, also known as a representative or agent, should be familiar with your values and wishes. This document can complement or serve as an alternative to a living will. It can help in situations such as serious accidents or strokes. In Texas, strokes are the third-leading cause of death.

Peace of mind and fewer conflicts

Perhaps the most significant advantage of advance directives is the peace of mind and clarity they offer. This transparency helps loved ones navigate challenging situations with confidence.

Clear and legally binding advance directives also help prevent potential conflicts among family members. In times of crisis, predetermined instructions reduce the burden on loved ones and minimize the likelihood of disputes. This ensures a smoother transition of decision-making authority and preserves family relationships during challenging times.

Consider your advance directives as living documents. Review them yearly. Update them in the event of significant life changes, such as retirement, relocation or a notable change in health.

Embracing advance directives is a proactive step toward laying the groundwork for your legacy and supporting your loved ones during difficult times.