Texas

Powers of attorney/advance directives/living wills

Legal Resources

  • Consent to Medical Treatment

    Only for patients in a nursing home or hospital. Authorizes a surrogate decision maker to make treatment decisions for an adult patient who cannot make treatment decisions and who has not issued a directive and needs medical care. Does not include withholding or withdrawing life sustaining treatment. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

    This is an important legal document. This document allows you to make decisions in advance about mental health treatment and specifically three types of mental health treatment: psychoactive medication, convulsive therapy, and emergency mental health treatment. The instructions that you include in this declaration will be followed only if a court believes that you are incapacitated to make treatment decisions. Otherwise, you will be considered able to give or withhold consent for the treatments. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form

    This is an important legal document known as an Advance Directive. It is designed to help you communicate your wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when you are unable to make your wishes known because of illness or injury. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Heirship

    Affidavit of Heirship for a motor vehicle VTR-262. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department of Transportation
  • Services Available Through Area Agencies on Aging

    The Texas Department on Aging (TDoA) has many ways of helping older adults, their families, and caregivers. With a single toll-free phone call (1-800- 252-9240) you can connect with the nearest of our 28 affiliated Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) statewide. Knowledgeable AAA employees will then help you obtain the assistance you need from our Aging Network or from other public and private organizations. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department on Aging
  • Medical Power of Attorney

    It is a document, signed by a competent adult, i.e., "principal," designating a person that the principal trusts to make health care decisions on the principal's behalf should the principal be unable to make such decisions. The individual chosen to act on the principal's behalf is referred to as an "agent." Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Medical Association
  • Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Information and Form - HLT

    "The Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate program allows people to decide that they do not want to be resuscitated. The program allows people to declare that certain resuscitative measures will not be used on them. Those resuscitative measures specifically listed in the OOH DNR legislation are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced airway management, defibrillation, artificial ventilations and transcutaneous cardiac pacing." Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Department of State Health Services
  • A Texas Guide to Adult Guardianship - HLT

    Click the link for the guide to gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of guardianship. The guide will you answer the following questions: What is guardianship? What can guardianship do and how will it help? What are the limitations of guardianship? Who can be a guardian? Read More

    By:
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Medical Power of Attorney - HLT

    Go to the following link for a form Medical Power of Attorney and a disclosure to tell you more about the form Content Detail

    By:
    The Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Reverse Mortgages in Texas

    If you or your spouse is 62 years old or older, you may be able to take out a home equity loan that has special protections for seniors. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner