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Old 02-08-2018, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default State of Texas legal forms for you & yours ( not a gun trust thread )


I am not a lawyer, and am not offering you legal advice, so on with the post . . .

I've recently been trying to get some basic legal forms together for a friend of mine.

First stop was Uncle Google, who sent me to a place with "free legal forms". This site allowed me to click buttons for what I wanted or not in the form and when it got to the end, the final prompt ( at least it was final for me ) was:

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To print your form, please sign in with Facebook
Needless to say, that shi**y site got closed and I made other efforts to find where my friend could get legitimate forms.




After much searching, it was brought to my attention that the Texas Department of Health & Human Services maintains a treasure trove of state approved legal forms.

Legal forms - Texas Health & Human Services

Among them are:

Durable power of attorney template

To change this to a general PoA, you'd change
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(A) This power of attorney is not affected by my subsequent disability or incapacity.
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(A) This power of attorney is void upon my subsequent disability or incapacity.
More on "durable" vs "general" power of attorney: How long is a Texas durable power of attorney in effect?

Medical power of attorney template

Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates ( aka "living will" )

• "Do not resuscitate" template


These forms are available in open formats, and all you have to do is print them and fill them out ( or - if you're fancy - you can edit them on your 'puter and print them )




It just seems to me that instead of hiring a lawyer ( who'll likely charge $10/word to "write" one of these forms up ), one could use the state-approved forms on their own.


To reiterate, I am not a lawyer, and am not offering you legal advice. However, should you need one ( or more ) of these forms to help out a loved one or friend, the great state of Texas has provided.




Bonus info: If you are a Texas veteran, you should be aware the state provides sizable grants ( some counties contribute, too ) to legal organizations which are intended to offer free ( civil ) legal advice & assistance to low-income or indigent Texas vets. These lawyers can provide for wills, trusts and in some cases - "fighting city hall" ( going toe to toe with the VA regarding issues with benefits ).


The more you know

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Old 02-08-2018, 03:16 AM   #2
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When I was taking a real estate class, part of passing the class was filling out a fictitious application for a loan. When I handed mine in and It was 100%. The teacher thought I cheated or something like it's hard to read. I think most folks nowadays aren't capable of fending for themselves anymore.. I blame Google maps and Siri. But yep thanks nails for taking the time to help even though it'll be ignored by the masses.
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Can I file a "Do not resuscitate" on my ex wife?

She's from Texas...
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Can I file a "Do not resuscitate" on my ex wife?

She's from Texas...
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