What Are the Most Important Parts of an Estate Plan?

A last will and testament may be the first thing you think of in terms of estate planning, but other documents are just as important. In addition to a comprehensive will, your estate plan documents should include, at a minimum, a durable power of attorney and an advance directive for health … [Read more...]

Is a DNR the Same as a Living Will in Texas?

A DNR, or do not resuscitate order, is not the same thing as a living will. Essentially, a DNR is a directive noted in the medical chart by your attending physician after consulting with you or your legal representative. Ideally, a physician only takes instructions from your legal representative if … [Read more...]

What Is Estate Planning and Why Do I Need It?

Estate planning is not just for the old and wealthy. Even if you are young and have just a few assets, an estate plan can help minimize taxes, provide for yourself and loved ones and ultimately distribute property according to your wishes when you’re gone. As your wealth grows, you can adjust your … [Read more...]

Make a Living Will and Hope You Never Need It

Practically every person in Texas and many more around the world know the story of Marlise Munoz, the Texas woman who was taken off life support last month, even though she was pregnant with a living fetus. The hospital she was taken to after her husband found her unconscious insisted on keeping … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Living Will?

Prior to a hospital visit for a scheduled major surgery, most adults think about the possibility of death and consider preparing a living will. But if you are one of the millions of Americans undergoing an outpatient surgery in the U.S., have you considered the chance that something may go wrong … [Read more...]

What Do I Need for a Comprehensive Estate Plan?

Mention the words “estate planning” and most people think of a will.  That’s the same thing, right?  Not by a long shot, if you want to cover all the bases.  A will does no good if you are temporarily or permanently disabled or incapacitated.  You need additional documents to make sure your wishes … [Read more...]

Living Will or Advanced Medical Directive

Our readers may remember the case of Terry Schiavo, the Florida woman who required life support beginning in 1990.  Mrs. Schiavo’s husband fought for years in the Florida legal system for his right to terminate life support, while her parents fought for the right to keep Mrs. Shiavo alive.  The … [Read more...]

Who makes medical decisions for me if I cannot make them myself?

With a Health Care Power of Attorney, you can decide exactly who will make health care decisions for you if you cannot. The Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that designates what family members or friends that you want to make critical health care decisions for you if you are … [Read more...]