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Pet Trust? Yes, Mosley can be provided for...

Posted by John Henry | Oct 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mosley the cat can be a member of the family, but what happens to Mosley after you are gone? How can you ensure your pet will be cared for? One option is to create a pet trust. While you can give directions in your will to leave your pet to a caretaker, there is no guarantee that the caretaker wi...

Britney Spears - Are there less restrictive alternatives?

Posted by John Henry | Oct 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

While a full guardianship may be necessary for many individuals who are incapable of managing their own affairs due to dementia or intellectual, developmental or mental health disabilities, the case of Britney Spears underlines the option of more limited alternatives. Every adult is assumed to b...

Planning for Long-Term Care with VA Benefits

Posted by John Henry | Oct 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Long-term care costs can add up quickly. For veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need in-home care or are in a nursing home, help may be available. The Veterans Administration (VA) has an underused pension benefit called Aid and Attendance that provides money to those who need ass...

Estate Planning is for Everyone!

Posted by John Henry | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Do you have a will? A durable power of attorney? A health care proxy? If so, no reason to read on. If not, why not? Failure to create an estate plan risks causing discord in your family for generations to come. Just Not Getting Around to It A discussion of why everyone needs an estate plan star...

What do I do after a loved one has passed away?

Posted by John Henry | Oct 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues demanding attention. It can be difficult enough for family members to handle the emotional trauma of a death, le...

COVID-19 & Its Impact on Seniors

Posted by John Henry | Jun 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the Coronavirus include coughing or shortness of breath and at least two of the following symptoms:fever, sore throat, chills, headache, muscle pain, or loss of taste or smell. Older adults, seniors, and those with underlying medical ...

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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