How to Help your Elderly Loved One Organize their Personal Business Affairs

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…

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I’m too Young to have a will…. aren’t I?

Most people in their twenties do not consider getting a will to be high on their list of priorities.   That is understandable.  However, there are many reasons why you should consider having a will.  Here are the most important ones: You have a child (whether the child lives with…

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How Many Certified Letters Testamentary Should You Order?

If you have recently been to a Texas probate court and been granted  Letters Testamentary, you will be asked how many certified copies you need.  How should you determine this? The first thing that you should do is to make a list of the property that needs to be transferred.…

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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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Adult Adoption in Texas- Why, When and How Does it Affect Inheritance?

There are many reasons why an adoption may be commenced after the potential adoptee turns 18.  In an adult adoption the biological parent or parents do not have to be contacted or give their consent as they would if the adoption were for a minor child. Therefore a stepparent who…

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What is Legal Capacity?

  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…

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New & Creative Solutions to Old Problems

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein. When the same legal problems keep happening over and over, it is normal to get frustrated.  This is especially common in situations where people must interact closely over a long period of time (divorce, custody,…

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Why Just Having a Will May not be Enough

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…

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Planning for the Future; Should you Become an Organ Donor?

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…

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Procrastination Can Cost You Money!

“Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”- Christopher Parker We have all been told not to procrastinate, and to plan ahead.  This is especially true in the legal area. Sometimes, by the time a client sees an attorney, things have gotten…

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