There are certain times when you may need a power of attorney. The Texas Power of Attorney lets someone else legally "stand in your place" to get the job done. Power of Attorney basics The person you appoint is legally going to "act as if they are you". The appointed person is called your "Agent". Or, you can appoint "Co-Agents" to act together. In addition, you can appoint an "Alternate … [Read more...] about Why you Need a Well-Prepared Power of Attorney
What if you were recovering from illness or surgery or involved in an accident and were unable to speak for yourself? Who would make your health care decisions? Do you have a Health Care Agent appointed? If there is no one who is designated as your Health Care Agent, then the doctors will speak to the person(s) who are your next of kin. This can be simple (as in the case where all family … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Tip #7: Have a Health Care Agent
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
The legal recognition of marriage equality that has occurred in the past few years has given peace and security to many couples. It is still very important, as a couple, to have an estate plan that is up-to-date. If you and your spouse had an estate plan created prior to the time that you had the option to have a legally recognized union, and you have now become married, you should review your … [Read more...] about Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples
Most people agree that education should be a priority for young people. As this next generation prepares to take that leap towards higher education, your wallet may be feeling queasy. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 1) Remember to have your kids look at scholarships! Even if you don't feel that you are eligible, it's important to still apply. You never know how many others have applied … [Read more...] about Kids in College: How College Will Affect Your Finances
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
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
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 you were gone. If you have a spouse or partner, what would happen if the two of you … [Read more...] about What Will Happen to your Pet if You Die?