What is Medicare? How is it different from Medicaid? Which Medicare policy is right for you? Traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Read more for helpful information on Medicare policies for seniors.read more
We sometimes like to attribute our longevity to “good genes.” Since life expectancy in developed countries has increased by 25 years in the past 100, “good genes” may have little to do with it. But they do have something to do with the ills we experience. This may be why senior living facilities want to check your genetics.read more
When we want to give our children a gift, perhaps in thanks for caregiving, the last thing on our mind is sending them to jail. But that may be exactly what we are doing. An elder lawyer can help you. By planning ahead and following VA and Medicaid rules, you can give your children gifts of love and still get the care you need. Find out more here.read more
With our longer lifespans, about half of us find ourselves in second marriages. Even those of us who do not marry again may have property we acquired before marriage or gifts or inheritances we received. In making an estate plan it is important to clarify what is community property and what is separate property. It is often not what we assume. How do you make Texas community property and separate property work for you?read more
Although in Texas probate can be relatively straight-forward, fast and cheap, who can be blamed for wanting to cut expenses further by doing it themselves?
Can you DIY probate in Texas? Maybe.read more
When you are gone, what will your family need? What will they need in those first days and weeks, those first months, while they struggle to accept the fact that you are not there to guide them? Use these tips to plan ahead.read more
Many of us want to leave something to charity. Some of us are in a position to give a good deal. What if you could give in a way which benefitted the charity and left you with more than if you had held onto it? Under the right circumstances, a charitable remainder trust can do just that.read more
Whether we should or not, most of us name one agent, not co-agents, and name someone close to us, someone to whom we have given gifts in the past and someone to whom we may want to give gifts to in the future.
Our agent has a duty to put our interests first and to act in good faith with durable powers of attorney and gifts. How can this be done if the agent is, in essence, giving something to himself?read more
Family caregivers sacrifice much financially to take care of mom and dad as they age. Some programs are available to provide assistance to family caregivers of older adults who lack long-term care insurance.read more
Now that your parents are aging, you may increasingly realize that Medicaid may not be enough. How do you take care of elderly parents?read more