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”
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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
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
Once your divorce is final, you and your ex-spouse will need to split up the property. Any real estate that you owned together is now going to be titled to just one of you. A deed will need to be drafted, signed by both of you, and filed with official real estate records in your Texas county. How does this get accomplished and what happens if there are problems? Decide or find out: who is … [Read more...] about After the Divorce: The Deed to Your House
The long-awaited day has come. Your divorce is final. The feelings may be bittersweet, or you may be happy but one thing is certain; a new phase of your life has begun. After the final hearing, there are a few things that should be done to finish up the transition. Paperwork should be signed to deed the house (and any other real estate) to the person who was awarded the property in the … [Read more...] about Ok, Your Divorce is Final. Now What?
So.. you've filed for divorce. You are certain that the marriage cannot be saved. If something were to happen to you after your divorce is filed, but before it becomes final, what would happen? Who would make the medical decisions if you couldn't speak for yourself? In Texas, there is no such thing as a "legal separation". You are either married, or you aren't. Let's explore what would … [Read more...] about What happens if you become Ill or Injured while your Divorce is Pending
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?
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