It’s scary to think about getting sick or having an accident that could leave you unable to take care of yourself. But it can happen.
A living will is a legally compelling document that says what you want for medical treatment if you can’t communicate it yourself. It’s not the same as a regular will, which is about who gets your stuff when you die.
Some people think they don’t need a living will until they’re old or sick. But the truth is, accidents or health problems can happen at any age.
Beck Law Firm’s Lubbock living will attorneys can create clear medical treatment directives in critical moments to help ease the pain of your loved ones.
Why Choose Our Lubbock Living Wills Attorneys?
At Beck Law Firm, our accomplished attorneys proudly offer our clients highly skilled and loyal service. Life in Lubbock is extraordinary, and you need a firm that understands your needs at this critical stage. Our talent and experience set us apart, and we are committed to delivering exceptional service for your advanced health and medical directives.
Here’s why you should choose us:
Sam Hawthorne: trusted tax and estate planning professional
Sam Hawthorne is a distinguished attorney who has earned Board Certification in tax law and estate planning & probate law from the Texas Legal Specialization Board.
He understands the intricacies of Texas living will rules inside and out and has the experience you need to make your medical orders understood.
He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) accredited by the Texas Board of Public Accountancy. Sam’s practice areas encompass business and tax law, estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, and estate laws.
Andrew Beck: reliable business, health, and estate attorney
Andrew Beck is an experienced attorney graduating magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, offering his legal proficiency in business law, estate planning, health law, and commercial transactions.
Andrew’s deep knowledge of healthcare laws and regulations allows his clients peace of mind, knowing they are in capable hands regarding their living will and advanced directives.
Kristen Beck-Perez: comprehensive legal and financial advisor
Kristen Beck-Perez is a highly accomplished Texas attorney. Her unique background as a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) gives her a remarkable advantage in handling the complex financial matters that can accompany end-of-life matters.
Kristen excels in estate planning and trust and estate administration. She is exceptionally skilled at crafting tailored instruments for comprehensive estate planning and guiding clients through the intricacies of living wills, advanced directives, and trust and probate administration.
By choosing us, you gain access to a team of highly qualified legal professionals, both highly talented and deeply committed to your success.
We provide comprehensive solutions and invaluable guidance for estate planning, living wills, and trusts. Your legal needs are our priority, and we are here to serve you with excellence and integrity.
We proudly provide an easily accessible Lubbock office at 4910 Lakeridge Drive, right behind the TruFit Athletic Club on 82nd Street.
Why Do I Need a Living Will in Texas?
Terminal patients can’t always talk or express themselves. Anyone concerned that they won’t receive the end-of-life care they desire needs a living will.
If you have strong feelings about how you want to be treated medically, like whether you’d want to be on life support for a long time, having a living will is a good idea.
Without one, your family and doctors might not know what you want, leading to long and painful arguments about your care. Creating a living will ensures your loved ones won’t have to guess what you want them to do.
Texas Living Wills Requirements and Components
Texas law allows you to use a notary instead of having witnesses sign some critical medical documents, such as the living will, Directive to Physicians, Medical Power of Attorney, and Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order, as long as you meet specific requirements, such as:
- Being of sound mind
- At least 18 years old
- Married, or a member of the armed forces of the United States, an auxiliary of the armed forces of the United States, or the United States Maritime Service
Your preferences and beliefs govern what you put in a living will. Common elements typically include:
Life-sustaining treatments: Specify your preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments, such as:
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Mechanical ventilation
- Artificial nutrition and hydration (tube feeding)
Organ and tissue donation: Indicate whether you wish to donate your organs for transplantation or medical research after your death.
Pain management: Clarify your pain management and comfort care preferences, such as using pain medications or sedation.
Antibiotics and antibacterial medications: State your wishes regarding using antibiotics and antibacterial medicines for infections.
Palliative care and hospice: Specify whether you want to receive palliative care or hospice care to provide comfort and alleviate suffering at the end of life.
Religious or spiritual preferences: If you have specific religious or spiritual beliefs that may affect your medical decisions, include these preferences in your living will.
Healthcare proxy or medical Power of Attorney: Sometimes, you may designate someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot make them yourself.
Medical situations: Describe the conditions under which you want your living will to be in effect. For example, you can specify that it should only apply if you are in a persistent vegetative state or have a terminal illness.
Review and update: Include a clause that allows you to review and update your living will periodically to reflect changes in your preferences or circumstances.
Consult an attorney or healthcare professional when creating a living will to ensure that it complies with Texas state laws and accurately reflects your wishes.
A lawyer also shares copies of your living will with your healthcare provider, family members, and designated healthcare proxy so they know your preferences.
We’re Here to Help
We understand the importance of your living will, and we’re here to help you navigate the legal intricacies. Whether creating a living will or addressing advanced directives, we have the skill and experience to guide you every step of the way.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Secure your future with Beck Law Firm, your compassionate partner in living wills.
Call us today at (806) 702-7909.
Your well-being is our top priority, and we’re here to support you with excellence and integrity. Contact us today to take the first step towards peace of mind and protection for you and your loved ones.