A Will is just one of several important documents in a complete estate plan. Below, you’ll find a quick list of other key documents below that may be important to your basic estate planning package. This list is not exhaustive; However, it definitely represents some of the most common documents used as part of a basic estate package in Texas. We hope that the information and resources listed below are helpful to you.
Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney document allows an agent to handle your affairs. Normally it is used when you are incapacitated. It is very common for each spouse to choose the other to be their agent. It is also common for parents and children to choose each other to serve as agents. Because this document grants very complete powers, you should be sure to choose your agent with care.
Medical Power of Attorney
This document allows an agent to make medical decisions for you when you are unable to do so. It is very common for each spouse to choose the other to be their agent. The Texas Legislature has placed this form into the Texas Health and Safety Code. Because this is a common form, you may have completed a document like this when visiting the hospital or attending a company benefit/health fair.
Directive to Physicians and Family
This document is sometimes referred to as a “Living Will.” It is the “Pull the Plug Document”. This document is designed to communicate your wishes to family and doctors in the event that you are diagnosed with a terminal medical condition or irreversible medical condition. The Texas Legislature has placed this form into the Texas Health and Safety Code. Because this is a common form, you may have completed a document like this when visiting the hospital or attending a company benefit/health fair.
Declaration of Appointment of Guardian for my Children
A legal Guardian is someone who is placed in charge of a persons affairs for some type of incapacity. This form is used to designate a legal guardian for your children if you die before they become adults.
Declaration of Guardian
This form is used to designate a legal guardian for yourself if you become incapacitated in the future. For example, if you have a history of Alzheimer in your family, this may be a form you should consider.
Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains
This document is used to let your family know your wishes for your funeral. The form can communicate that you want your remains cremated.
Consent of Nonparent under Family Code or Authorization to Consent to treatment of a Minor
These documents may be used used to to consent to dental, medical, psychological, and surgical treatment of a child when a parent is unavailable.
If you need any of these documents or if you have questions about any of these documents, call us today at 512-441-9941.