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Texas Medical Power of Attorney


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                <p>It is recommended by the Texas Medical Association
that you have a medical power of attorney. Chances are in your lifetime
you may be seriously injured, ill, or otherwise unable to make your own
medical decisions regarding the kind of medical care, and treatment you
desire. If this should happen, a medical power of attorney can appoint
someone who knows your values and whom you trust to make those medical
decisions for you if your unable to.<br>


In Texas you can appoint more than one agent, although you’re not
required to do so. The alternative agent(s) may make the same medical
decisions as the designated agent if that agent is unable or unwilling to
act on the patient’s behalf.<br>


In Texas the principal/patient may appoint anyone to their agent except
their health care provider, an employee of the health care provider
unless their a relative of the principal, the principal's residential
care provider, or an employee of the principal's residential care
provider unless that person is a relative of the principal.      <!--

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In Texas a person does not need a lawyer to execute a Medical Power of
Attorney, although its not necessary, a lawyer or paralegal could sit
down with you and help prepare the forms. <br>


Under a Medical Power of Attorney, an agent is granted wide latitude when
consenting to medical treatment on the principal's behalf, but an agent
cannot commit the principal to a mental institution, or convulsive
treatment, or Psychosurgery, or an abortion, or consent to neglect of
comfort care.<br>


In Texas, notifying either an agent or the principal’s health care
provider orally or in writing, of the principal’s intent to revoke the
medical power of attorney, may revoke a Medical Power of Attorney. The
revocation will occur regardless of the principal's capacity to make
medical care decisions. Also, if the principal executes a later Medical
Power of Attorney the prior one becomes revoked (void) and the new
Medical Power of Attorney will be the only one legally effective. Another
way a Medical Power of Attorney can get revoked is if the principal
designates his or her spouse to be the agent, if the principal and agent
divorce then the Medical Power of Attorney becomes void (is revoked).</p>

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