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…

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What Will Happen to your Pet if You Die?

Our pets are family members.  They are also very vulnerable to changes in family situation. Just like other family members, they deserve consideration when you are planning for the future. Have the conversation.  Regardless of your age, if you have a pet, you should always consider what would happen if…

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Your Minor Children and Naming a Trustee in Your Will

Most parents of minor children know that they need to have a current Texas will. But not everyone understands how important it is to name a Trustee to take care of financial matters and how doing so can decrease the time and money spent in legal fees and court time…

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Have Children from a Prior Relationship and You Don’t Have a Will? Why That’s a Bad Idea….

If you are currently married and have children from a prior relationship or marriage, you should have an estate plan! Why? If you were to die, without a will, Texas law will decide who gets what, and in what amount. And that can be bad. Understand this: if you have…

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Why Beneficiary Designations are important

“Beneficiary designations” transfer property to beneficiaries after the owner is deceased.  They are used for bank accounts, investments, insurance policies and the like. Often people fill them out once, then forget about them.  They may not update them for years, or ever. However, life goes on. Divorce, death of a…

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Estate Planning When You Own a Small Business

So… you have been putting off making (or updating) your will.   This procrastination  can have additional dire consequences if you are a small business owner. When we meet with our clients who are considering their estate plan, we always like to discuss the practical aspects of their employment situation…

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Now that You are Ready to Sign your Will ….

Once you have visited with your attorney, given careful consideration to the contents of your Last Will and Testament, and filled out and returned any forms that your attorney has requested, your will is drafted and ready for your review. This post is a guide for our clients at Kalish…

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The Legal Document that Terminally Ill or Frail Patients Should Have

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…

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