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
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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
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
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 to see if there are additional considerations. Are you an employee? Are you retired? … [Read more...] about Estate Planning When You Own a Small Business
Did you know that you can give power of attorney to someone you trust for a specific event or to cover a specific time? Well, you can! The most common use of a specific power of attorney involves real estate closings. A seller of a property who is leaving the area may not wish to return to the area simply for the purpose of signing the final paperwork. In fact, returning for that one … [Read more...] about Powers of Attorney for Specific Events
If you are considering becoming an organ, eye or tissue donor, you can access some valuable online information to help you make your decision. Laws relating to organ donation (as well as medical powers of attorney, durable powers of attorney, and wills/trusts) vary from state to state. The state of Texas maintains the website www.DonateLifeTexas.org. If you live in another state, your state … [Read more...] about Planning for the Future; Should you Become an Organ Donor?
It is easy to get busy with daily life and forget to leave time for review and updating. Whenever I am advising clients to periodically review certain information, I tell them to pick a certain time of year for review and use that same time every year. It is easier to remember that way. No matter what kind of calendaring or "to-do" lists you use, whether you use apps or a plain old paper wall … [Read more...] about Tax Time is Review Time!
If you have reason to believe that your loved one may be approaching a time when s/he will not be able to handle his/her own daily life or financial affairs, you may be frightened and confused about your options. People often (mistakenly) think that there is nothing that can be done unless "things get really bad." Actually, there is a lot that you can do to plan in advance. A guardianship … [Read more...] about Power of Attorney or Guardianship?