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Long-Term Care 101

Posted by John Henry | Jul 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today, many Americans  are faced with planning and paying for their own long-term care needs and the needs of the ones they care about.  Long-term care should be (ideally) a process that begins with a plan involving the person for whom care will be provided and the ones who will ensure its manage...

Family as Caregivers: No benefits and no resources...

Posted by John Henry | May 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, not every family member or friend for whom care must be provided may have independent resources.  In fact, this can be immensely distressing in the event of need for medical care.  Though the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has extended certain benefits and privileges to sectors of Ameri...

Early Childhood Intervention

Posted by John Henry | Nov 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many parents today face raising children amidst a whole host of challenges, like economic downturn, limited to no family assistance, and expanded expectations at work without commensurate increases in pay and/or childcare to name a few.  These challenges may be compounded where a family is strugg...

4-Year Requirement for Probate of Wills

Posted by John Henry | Oct 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mom, Dad, Friend...left a will.  Do I have to probate it? If so, is there a time period required to probate the will? These questions while seemingly vary simple are common traps that some fall into upon the passing a loved one.  For a will's terms to be made effective by law, the will must be p...

They're fighting over the body (Part 1): Who decides?

Posted by John Henry | Sep 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

With a time sensitive decision, like the disposition of remains, it should be handled with care and efficiency.  However, who is able to make those decisions as a matter of Texas law?  Under Section 711.002(a) of the Texas Health and Safety Code, a list of priority is given: the person designa...

Special Needs Planning: Have a family plan!

Posted by John Henry | Aug 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the biggest concerns for families with members who have special needs is "Am I doing enough?"  In my office, we respond with a phrase which is "The best advocate your loved one will ever have is you."  Keeping that in mind, a family with a member or members who have special needs must deve...

Emergency Intervention for Funeral and Burial Expenses

Posted by John Henry | Aug 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The loss of a loved one is never easy, and certainly, not so when funeral expenses are not covered by a preneed burial plan, insurance policy, or accessible funds of either the deceased individual or the surviving family or friends.  Readily, family members seek out the financial assistance of re...

The Importance of a Will

Posted by John Henry | Apr 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

At the very least, many people, including legal practitioners, are aware of what a will is and its ability to dispose of property upon the death of the testator (the person who created the will).  However, what is less well known are some issues that this blog will have more detailed individual p...

What are the powers of a guardian?

Posted by John Henry | Mar 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guardianship is meant to provide for a person who is otherwise incapable of managing his or her care and/or financial affairs; however, the extent of the guardianship will be tailored to permit the person in need of the guardianship to exercise his or her rights and decision making authority to t...

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