201601.16
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Title of Property: Community or Separate

In Texas we have a legal doctrine called “the Inception of Title.”  This is a really important concept for probate cases. As background, Texas is a community property state.  We share that distinction with 8 other states:  Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington and Wisconsin.  Alaska is an opt-in state for community property,…

201512.17
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The Law of Gifts

You would think that giving a gift would be easy.  You would be wrong. People have fumbled with gift- giving for years.   They have tried, unsuccessfully, gifting in the future, characterizing  business transactions as gifting to avoid taxes,  and taking back completed gifts. Why is making a gift so darn difficult?   Because to be successful,…

201512.09
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Thanks for the (Short-Term) Memories

A Senior’s List of Thanks: I am thankful for my adjustable hearing aid, so I can tune out my more irritating relatives. I am thankful that I can’t remember what I had for breakfast (have you ever tasted the food they give the elderly?) I am thankful for my handicapped parking plaque, especially during the…

201511.10
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Texas Advance Directives

“Anyone who isn’t confused doesn’t really understand the situation.” Edward R. Murrow, American Journalist. In Texas, the term “Advance Directive” encompasses three separate documents that address your health care decisions: A Health Care Directive, An Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order, and a Medical Power of Attorney. The three documents are grouped together because there are…

201511.09
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Targeting Medicare Enrollment

It’s Open Season on Seniors – meaning it is time for Medicare Enrollment. Really, could the government throw anything more complicated at its aging population? Basic Medicare Part A and Part B coverages, provided by the government, remain the same for all seniors every year.   The premiums [almost always] rise annually.  This year there is…