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5 Back-To-School Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

The beginning of the school year brings extra complications, stresses, and demands. This is even more true for those trying to parent school-aged children with an ex. Here are some tips to help you survive the transition: Communicate: Communication with the other parent is key if you are going to build a peaceful and productive…

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Scams for The Sandwich Generation

And the scams just keep coming. To explain two recent ones, we’ll turn to our friend “TRS,” who is a trusting senior. As he customarily has done for the last 50 years, TRS pays for a service by writing a check. Unfortunately, an employee for the service provider is a crook. The crook makes a…

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Disqualified to Serve

TRS really wants to help out his elderly aunt, who is suffering from dementia. He is going to apply to be  her guardian. There are two kinds of guardianship in Texas: person and estate. TRS thinks he wants to be appointed for both.  It’s an admirable thought, provided that TRS can qualify to serve.    …

201608.02
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To Grandmother’s House We Go – Grandparents’ Rights in Texas

There are few relationships in life as special as the relationship between grandparent and grandchild. But what happens when the relationship between grandparents and parents break down? Can parents prevent a grandparent from having a relationship with a grandchild? There are three different ways that a grandparent can have a court-ordered relationship with a grandchild….

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Death and Taxes

Bob dies, leaving a will that names his old friend TRS as his independent executor. Deeply honored, TRS files the will for probate and is appointed as an independent executor of Bob’s probate estate. TRS proceeds to gather estate assets and pay estate debts and is generally having a pretty good time. He starts thinking…

201607.11
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Top Five Financial Scams

Here are the top 5 financial scams targeting seniors, as compiled by the National Council of Aging.  Medicare.  These scams are popular because of the sheer number of potential victims:  every U.S. citizen and permanent resident over the age of 65 qualifies for Medicare.   The most common scams involve a perpetrator who poses as a…

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Elder Abuse and Polyvictimization

It’s time to learn a new buzzword.   “Polyvictimization” means two or more forms of elder abuse occurring at the same time. Elder abuse is 1) a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, 2) occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, 3)  which causes harm or distress to an…