Estate Planning and COVID-19
"Estate planning" is an umbrella term for planning what happens to your estate and family in advance of your death. Learn more at Estate Planning: Planning Who Gets Your Property (by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid). Estate planning can include planning for what happens if you become incapacitated.
TexasLawHelp and other organizations have made materials available to help you prepare as much as you can during the pandemic. See TexasLawHelp's main wills and estate planning page.
This do-it-yourself guide has been created in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limits on people's ability to meet with attorneys and others.
You can also watch this video by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas: When and How to Do a Handwritten Will.
Supported decision-making lets you make your own decisions and stay in charge of your life, while getting the help and assistance you need to do so. All people need and use support to make important life decisions. Even if a person with a disability needs extra help to make significant life decisions, their right to make their own choices should not be taken away. Using a supported decision-making agreement, a person with a disability chooses someone they trust to serve as their supporter.
Under a supported decision-making agreement, the supporter CAN help a person with a disability:
- Understand the options, responsibilities, and consequences of their decisions.
- Obtain and understand information relevant to their decisions.
- Communicate their decisions to the appropriate people.
Under a supported decision-making agreement, the supporter CANNOT make a decision for a person with a disability.
TexasLawHelp offers checklist to help set up supported decisionmaking.
Video - Attorney Explanation of Directive to Physician Form (Rebekah Brooker)
Description: Statutory form used to specify whether life support will be withheld or withdrawn when you are incapacitated and are in a “terminal condition” or an “irreversible condition.” Can avoid the need for a gof the person if an agent is named. Signing: Requires two adult witnesses (one of whom must be qualified) or a notary.
Form document derived from the TexasManual 4th Edition provided compliments of TexasBarBooks.
Description: Allows you to name a guardian of the person and/or guardian of the(if any) for a minor child or incapacitated adult child for the to appoint if you are deceased or incapacitated. Appointment can also be made in a valid Will to take effect upon your death. The remaining is a natural guardian of the person. Signing: May be entirely handwritten by you and signed without witnesses, or typed and signed with two witnesses, and may also be self-proved with a notary. Form document from the Texas Guardianship Manual 4th Edition provided compliments of TexasBarBooks.