There are some fairly recent changes to Texas guardianship law that affect health care practitioners. It is now imperative that alternatives to guardianship are considered and documented. Since judges are required by law to consider all least restrictive alternatives to guardianship before granting a guardianship, this means that all other professionals involved must consider these alternatives … [Read more...] about For Health Care Practitioners- Changes in Texas Guardianship Law
Alzheimer’s Disease KNOW THE FACTS
Alzheimer’s Disease Signs and Symptoms, courtesy of GeriatricNursing.org This is an excellent source of information. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of Alzheimer's, contact a medical professional for diagnosis. An elder law and estate planning attorney can help by creating powers of attorney and other necessary documents to help with day-to-day activities and plan for the … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s Disease KNOW THE FACTS
Supporting the Caregivers of Persons With Dementia
If you are a caregiver for a person who has dementia, you need all the support that you can get. Luckily, support is available. Here are some resources, and some things that you may be able to do to make your daily life go a little more smoothly. Support Groups online. Many online resources exist for caregivers. Social media sites such as Facebook have pages and groups that you can join. … [Read more...] about Supporting the Caregivers of Persons With Dementia
What is Legal Capacity?
In order to write a will, sign a contract, get married, or do a variety of other actions, a person must have legal capacity. This means that they must be mentally competent, understand what they're doing and be of a certain age. Legal capacity often comes into question when someone is signing a will or powers of attorney. In order to have a valid document, the person must have the … [Read more...] about What is Legal Capacity?
Decisions to Make About Your Will and Estate Plan
If you are making a will for the first time (or updating one for the first time in a long time), this handy list will help guide you. No matter how small or large your estate, the answers to these questions are important. Who will be the ultimate beneficiary of most or all of your estate? What if the person(s) in item #1 dies before you do? Who will get their portion? What "special … [Read more...] about Decisions to Make About Your Will and Estate Plan
Sibling Rivalry and Elder Planning
Planning for an elder parent is difficult enough without old "baggage" showing up. However, that is often exactly what happens. The stress and uncertainty of dealing with an elder parent's future can activate old family issues and rivalries that everyone thought were long gone. Here are some tips to help ease the pain of sibling rivalry when a elderly parent is unable to make a plan for … [Read more...] about Sibling Rivalry and Elder Planning
Want to Know About Texas Guardianship?
The Texas Young Lawyers Association has resources for legal information to the general public. The following excerpt answers questions about Texas guardianship. GUARDIANSHIP What is a guardianship? A guardianship is a court-supervised administrator designated for an incapacitated person. There are two types of guardianships: 1) of the person; and 2) of the estate. Legally … [Read more...] about Want to Know About Texas Guardianship?