What is something were to happen to you? Would someone be able to carry on for you while you were ill and recovering? What if you were to die unexpectedly? Is there at least one other person who knows where to find "all the important stuff"? Whenever I talk with a client about planning ahead, I talk to them about more than just drafting legal documents. Yes, a Will and Powers of Attorney are … [Read more...] about Organizing Important Information “Just in Case”
If your elder loved one is in the process of getting settled in Texas, or is thinking about it, this blog may help. I know there is a LOT of information here! It is longer than our usual blogs and is intended to be a kind of checklist for you, the caregiver, to use. Some of it may not apply to your loved one's situation. Please SHARE this with someone you know who may be helped by it. I would … [Read more...] about Helping Your Elder Loved One Move to Texas
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 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
Do you suspect that you may need to seek a guardianship for a loved one? There may be an alternative.... If your loved one is becoming unable to take care of his or her own affairs, you may be thinking about seeking a formal guardianship. If your loved one is still competent to make decisions now (even if you suspect that that may not be the case in the future), you may need to act right … [Read more...] about Alternatives to Guardianship
Persons who are facing an advanced illness are advised to think about having their physician sign specific medical orders which respect patient choices in end-of-life issues. These orders are referred to in Texas as MOST (Medical Orders Scope of Treatment). In other states, they may be called POLST (Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment). Here are some facts to consider: These … [Read more...] about The Legal Document that Terminally Ill or Frail Patients Should Have
Do you have a current will? If so, great! But there are times when having a will may not be enough, or you may need a will that is more specific to your situation. Do any of these apply to you? You own a business, but haven't made provisions for the continued operation of the business if you should die or become disabled. You haven't made specific provisions for your minor children in … [Read more...] about Why Just Having a Will May not be Enough
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?