Powers of Attorney

Power of Attorney - Texas

What is a Medical Power of Attorney?

A Medical Power of Attorney—or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care—empowers a trusted individual, your "agent," to make medical decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. This crucial document ensures that your healthcare wishes are respected when you are not in a position to vocalize them yourself.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A Statutory Durable Power of Attorney—often just called a financial Power of Attorney—authorizes your agent to handle your financial decisions and make decisions about your property. This role is especially vital in situations like sudden illness or accidents where you may be unable to manage your finances personally. Your agent can perform tasks ranging from paying your bills to handling real estate transactions, ensuring that your financial life continues smoothly without your direct involvement.

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Your Medical Privacy and Decision Making

What is a HIPAA Release Authority?

A HIPAA Release Authority is a legal document that outlines who can access your medical records. Aligning this with your Medical Power of Attorney allows your designated agent to make informed decisions about your health and medical treatments using your full medical history as a guide. This integration ensures that your agent has all the necessary information to make the best decisions in critical moments.

Who should you name as POA?

Selecting a Power of Attorney is one of the most significant decisions you'll make. It is not just about choosing someone who lives close by or who is available; it’s about trusting them with your utmost personal decisions—both medical and financial. You need someone who is reliable, understands your wishes, and can act on them with your best interests at heart. They should be assertive enough to stand firm in emotional situations and clear-headed to communicate effectively with doctors, lawyers, and family members. Ideally, this person would also have a basic understanding of medical terms and procedures to make informed decisions about your health care.

Why You Need to Set Up Your POA

Take the Next Step Forward

Procrastinating on setting up your Power of Attorney can leave your family in a precarious situation, scrambling to make decisions without your input in critical times. By appointing a Power of Attorney today, you empower yourself and protect your family’s future. You become the protagonist of your own life story, ensuring that your affairs are in trusted hands and that your wishes are carried out exactly as you envision. Don't wait for the unexpected; plan now and ease the burden on your loved ones.

Guard Your Future with Burch Law

Ready to take control of your future? Burch Law is here to guide you through the process of setting up your Power of Attorney documents. Our experienced attorneys will help you understand each aspect of your Power of Attorney, ensuring that your decisions are respected and your future is secure. Contact us today for a consultation and start your journey to peace of mind.

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