Let's face it: for most people, getting and staying organized is hard. Organizing someone else's finances is not easy either. So, let's say that the time has come for you to step in and help your elderly friend or relative with their finances. If you are lucky, they asked for help at a time when they can guide you in figuring out where they left off and where you come in. If not, it is … [Read more...] about How to Help your Elderly Loved One Organize their Personal Business Affairs
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
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?
Scammers. They are out there... waiting.... waiting for your attention to be distracted... waiting for that moment when you let your guard down for just a minute! Scammers target the elderly. They also may attempt to extract information from children who answer the phone. They may attempt to get information by calling a business and pretending to be a client, supplier, organization or … [Read more...] about Great Tips for Avoiding SCAMS!
Scammers and con artists are always updating their knowledge and refining their game. Senior citizens are especially vulnerable and some scammers "specialize" in targeting this particular group. Fraudulent letters, emails, and phone calls are getting more and more sophisticated. Recently, the Texas Office of Attorney General ("OAG") issued an alert aimed at helping prevent these tragedies. … [Read more...] about Help for Senior Citizens in Avoiding Scams
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?
My last blog post dealt with caring for and helping senior adults, and mentioned some of the challenges that you are likely to encounter. Now I want to share my review of a book that I discovered. ”How to Say it to Seniors; Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders” by David Solie (Prentice Hall Press © 2004) is an excellent guide to communicating with senior adults. I highly recommend … [Read more...] about Practical Advice for Dealing With Senior Adults
Adoption of an adult can be a fairly straightforward process. The adoptee’s biological parents do not need to be notified of the adoption and are not entitled to have a voice in the proceedings. There are many reasons to proceed with a formal adoption, even after the “child” reaches adulthood. The most common situation is one in which a step-parent has wanted to adopt the … [Read more...] about Basic Facts About Adult Adoption in Texas