In Texas you must fill out two separate forms to have a complete Advance Directive: A Living Will called a "Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates" and a "Medical Power of Attorney" (a.k.a. Health Care Proxy).

Required Information for the Living Will: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your TX Living Will for it to be considered valid. One of the two (2) witnesses CAN NOT be:

  • The person appointed as agent for the document
  • Related to the principal by blood or marriage
  • Entitled to any portion of the principal's estate on the principal's death
  • The attending physician of the principal or an employee of the attending physician
  • Have a claim against any portion of the principal's estate on the principal's death
  • Involved in providing direct patient care to the principal OR an officer, director, partner, or business office employee of the health care facility OR of any parent organization of the health care facility
Texas Advance Directive Form
Required Information for Naming a Health Care Proxy: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your TX Health Care Proxy form for it to be considered valid. One of the two (2) witnesses CAN NOT be:
  • The person appointed as Agent (Proxy) for the document
  • Related to the principal by blood or marriage
  • Entitled to any portion of the principal's estate on the principal's death
  • The attending physician of the principal or an employee of the attending physician
  • Have a claim against any portion of the principal's estate on the principal's death
  • Involved in providing direct patient care to the principal OR an officer, director, partner, or business office employee of the health care facility OR of any parent organization of the health care facility
Other resources for Texas:

Death Certificates
Digital Estate Planning Laws:
Law: SB 1193 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Description: This law authorizes a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage digital assets and electronic communications. [Read the full Bill]
Status: Signed by the Governor on June 1, 2017; Effective September 1, 2017

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)
  • Texas has no legislation

Organ Donation Registries
Texas Organ Donation registry official link.

MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Form
Download the MOST form for Texas residents.

Probate Laws
Texas Probate Estates Code

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate
  • Texas has no estate tax or inheritance tax