Every 10 years, following a national census, the Constitution requires states to draw districts for each of the newly apportioned 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Since districts were last drawn in 2011, law enforcement officers have killed a person in every one of them. A year after George Floyd’s death, Congressional action has been modest at best. Cities, counties and other localities are moving, comparatively speaking, at warp speed, rethinking whether armed officers should be the initial response to every crisis.
All of us should consider leaving an estate in a form which minimizes our heirs’ income and capital gains taxes. These three important possibilities should be considered when planning inheritances so that we leave a “low tax” inheritance.
“Ethically, how responsible am I for my brother? How do I justify making arrangements for him to go into assisted living so I can enjoy the retirement we planned on, knowing that his quality of life will diminish? How do I set aside this strong sense of disappointment in myself?” ~ Name Withheld
What is the leading cause of injury and death among people 65 and older? 80 and older? Not cancer or COPD. Not heart attacks of strokes. Falls. How to do you prevent falls in the elderly?
People with disabilities are not all the same. They have different personalities, capacities and preferences. Residential options for the intellectually and developmentally disabled are not one size fits all.
You may unexpectedly find that you are needed at home to take care of a child, spouse, parent or other family member – or to recover from an illness or operation. Will you be taking FMLA leave? What is it? What should you consider before taking family medical leave?
Because women tend to live longer than men, they rely on Social Security as a primary source of retirement income and need as much as possible. The Woman’s Guide to Making the Most of Social Security by Susan B. Garland will help you whether you or 30 or 60.
The promise of additional education is alluring: your skills will be refreshed and improved and you will get a better job, earning much more money, or your child will get a better job and live an easier life than you have. With that promise comes the painful reality of student loans. What can we do when faced with student loan repayment problems?
Two-thirds of older people take five or more medications which can be more than they need or more than is safe. Doctors and patients are exploring the benefits of “deprescribing” where they regularly review medication regimens to prune away risky or unnecessary drugs as they fight the polypharmacy battle.
At The Garrett Law Firm, we frequently encounter people who think that they know how public benefits eligibility works or who think they know about probate and taxes or that they know how their estate will pass, but it just ain’t so. It may be so somewhere else, but not in Texas. In this episode of Ask the Experts, we are exploding the myths about what people believe when it comes to planning their future care and sharing the steps to take to plan for the golden years.