Similar to estate planning testamentary formalities, you must comply with the statutory formalities required for DNR Orders. You must sign your DNR-OOH Order in front of at least two witnesses. If you are unable to sign the document and authorize someone else to sign it on your behalf, the third-party signing agent must do it in front of at least two witnesses. In some circumstances, you may also be able to sign in front of a notary if you cannot find two witnesses, but the notary may not be … [Read more...] about OOH-DNR Orders in Texas: Part 3 of 3
In the last blog, we discussed why you would want to draft an OOH-DNR or Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order as part of your estate planning documents. Now, we will cover what is necessary to create a valid order. First, you must be at least 18 years old to create a valid OOH-DNR Order and be mentally competent, which requires you to be of sound mind when signing and creating the document. At the very least, you should be able to understand that what you are signing and its implications. … [Read more...] about OOH-DNR Orders in Texas: Part 2 of 3
Also known as “Do Not Resuscitate” Orders, DNRs allow you to order doctors or other hospital personnel to withhold treatment in certain situations. Talk to our office about making a DNR Order a part of your estate planning documents. Texas recognizes In-Hospital DNRs and Out-of-Hospital DNRs. Although similar, Out-of-Hospital DNR Orders direct nonhospital staff, including emergency medical personnel. Typically, emergency medical personnel refer to paramedics and hospital emergency room … [Read more...] about OOH-DNR Orders in Texas: Part 1 of 3
Long term care in a nursing home can be very expensive. If you do not plan properly, you can lose most of your assets before Medicaid will start paying for your care. Because you do not know whether or not you will need it, planning for the possibility of long term care should be a part of your overall estate plan. You have several options to plan for long term care. In Texas, you even have a unique option that is not available in most other states. In Texas, you can use a particular type of … [Read more...] about Planning for Long Term Care
Choosing between nursing homes can be one of the most difficult decisions that you may have to make, ever. If you’re helping a loved one choose a nursing home, you likely want to take extra care. By researching carefully, you can ensure that you’re choosing a high quality facility that will meet your loved one’s needs. You can also take steps to avoid possible elder abuse. Take a look at the following information, to learn more. If you have any questions about specific nursing homes, contact … [Read more...] about Avoid Elder Abuse by Carefully Researching Nursing Homes
If you or your spouse anticipate the need for nursing home care in the future, and particularly if you’re concerned about how you’ll finance that care, you’ll likely want to meet with an elder law attorney sooner rather than later. Given the strict rules that govern Medicaid qualification, the absolute best case scenario is to start planning to qualify for the program at least five years before you actually need apply for benefits. Medicaid imposes a five year “look back” period, which means … [Read more...] about Qualifying for Medicaid: Timing is Everything
Nursing home abuse continues to be a growing problem in the States. But even when abuse is suspected, many patients hesitate to report it because they fear the abuse may get worse. Other patients aren’t able to speak out on their own behalf, due to physical and/or mental disabilities. So, how can you tell if your loved one is being abused? Some physical signs of nursing home abuse include: Any type of unexplained bruising, burns, broken bones, etc. When you notice these injuries they … [Read more...] about What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?