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In other years, we would easily brush aside a little sore throat, a feverish feeling, even being short of breath after climbing a flight of stairs. Spring in Central Texas brings a host of pollen and, with it, the flowering of allergies.

This year, we wonder.

Is it time to get our affairs in order? 

Plan to live.

Many may get sick and may even need to be hospitalized.

Advanced preparation brings peace of mind.

Sign a HIPAA Medical Information Release Form allowing the doctors to talk with the people you name and let them know what is happening.

Sign a Medical Power of Attorney naming someone to voice your decisions when you cannot. You do not need a notary: two witnesses will do. Attach a letter saying what you would say if you could speak. You may be on the mend. But the person you name as agent will still be distressed. Guide them. Attach a letter pointing them in the direction they should go.

This is different from making end of life decisions. For those, use the Advance Directive to Physicians.

What about the children?

If you have minor children, you and your spouse can sign a Declaration of Appointment of Guardian for Our Minor Children.

These are all available for free on this website:

Click here to download: HIPAA Medical Information Release Form 

Click here to download: Medical Power of Attorney 

Click here to download: Advance Directive to Physicians

Click here to download: Declaration of Appointment of Guardian for Our Minor Children


What if you have other questions?

The Garrett Law Firm can help you understand these and other documents, create a customized Durable [Financial] Power of Attorney, pass your home free of probate and free of Medicaid Estate Recovery and combine your assets with the benefits your tax dollars have paid for to get you the care you need. We offer a range of elder law and special needs planning services. Tailor the package which is best for you.

Use our contact form to schedule a consultation with an experienced Austin elder law attorney or call us today at 512.800.2420 or send us an email at info@elderlawaustin.com.



Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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