Texas has adopted a new pre-approved form for its Medical Power of Attorney, a/k/a the power of attorney for your financial affairs. All forms signed after January 1, 2014, must substantially comply with the new statute in order to be effective.
Luckily, the new form – still located at Section 166.164 of the Texas Health and Safety Code – is substantially similar to the previous versions of this form. And any Medical Power of Attorney form executed before December 31, 2013, will not require a revision in order to remain effective, so long as it complied with the law in effect at the time it was signed.
The primary change in the new Texas Medical Power of Attorney Form relates to its execution. Now, you can sign the form in front of a notary without the need for any witnesses. Alternatively, you can sign the form in front of two witnesses if a notary is unavailable. Section 166.163 of the Texas Health and Safety Code describes the types of persons who may act as witness to a Medical Power of Attorney.
By: Cynthia W. Veidt, firstname.lastname@example.org