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Wills, living wills and powers of attorney
by Professor Richard M. Alderman
The People's Lawyer

Durable Power of Attorney

Here is a copy of the Texas Durable Power of Attorney Form. You should be very careful in using this form, especially in the rights you grant to your agent. Read the form carefully before you sign it. To see the Texas law regarding a durable power of attorney, and the state prescribed form, click here.

Living Will

Here is a copy of a Texas "Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogate," commonly known as a living will. If you want the right to die a natural death, you should fill in this form and have it properly witnessed by two people over the age of eighteen.

Information about do not rescitate form.

Do not resuscitate form

If you would like more information about your right to refuse treatment, go to the Choices in Dying Web page :
Partnership for Caring

Medical Power of Attorney

Here is some information about a Medical Power of Attorney for Health Care. Read the following information carefully. After you read the material, click here for a copy of a Medical Power of Attorney for Health Care Form.

Living Trusts

A living trust is a legal device to assist people who want to avoid some of the problems and costs involved with probate.  A living trust is not for everyone.  If you think a living trust may be right for you, speak with an attorney and discuss all your options.  First, however, take a look at some of the living trust scams that are targeting senior consumers.  Living Trust Scams.


When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral-all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress. What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body, or donate it to science? What are you legally required to buy? What other arrangements should you plan? And, as callous as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost? Funerals.

Affidavit of Heirship

The Affidavit of Heirship is generally used when someone died without a Will and left only real estate or a car. Instead of going through the probate process to have title to the property transferred to the Decedent’s heirs, the heirs can, instead, file the Affidavit of Heirship.

Affidavit of Heirship Form

Affidavit of Heirship for a Motor Vehicle