DON’T LOSE THE ORIGINAL WILL Wills only take legal effect when the person who made the will dies and the will is admitted to probate. Probate is a legal process where a court hears evidence to prove that the will is valid and should be given legal effect. Normally this requires that the original will ( not a copy) be filed with the clerk of the court. Most wills are self-authenticating, that … [Read more...] about What Happens If The Original Will Is Lost?
$27 Billion and Counting Elder Fraud Hits a New High A bombshell report on elder fraud was recently released by Comparitech, a consumer research company that focuses on the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. You are not going to like the conclusions. According to Comparitech’s research, senior citizens in the United States may lose nearly 25 times more to scammers than what is … [Read more...] about 7 Ways To Prevent Elder Fraud
It is only a matter of time, folks. As we age we become more vulnerable to scams. Every senior is truly a “victim in waiting.” Today we will focus on the actions you should take after being scammed. These vary according to the type of scam and the identity of the thief. Actions To Take If You Are Scammed First, talk to a lawyer to find out if you can, or should, sue the … [Read more...] about 10 Things To Do If You Are Scammed
Picture yourself walking through a peaceful cemetery at dawn, light filtering through the leafy canopies of ancient oaks onto an array of crumbling carved gravestones. In the distance you see a small mausoleum fronted, jarringly, with a white sign saying FOR SALE BY OWNER. That’s probably not going to happen, at least in Texas where cemetery plots are controlled by a confusing … [Read more...] about Cemetery Plot Sales and Laws
One of the more difficult decisions that must be made after the death of a loved one is whether or not to probate the will. For our purposes, assume the will was properly drawn under the Texas law. The person who made the will is known as a testator (male) or testatrix (female). The person named as the administrator in the will is an independent executor (male) or independent … [Read more...] about To Probate Vs To Not Probate – Should You Avoid It?
“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight d. Eisenhower It is fitting that a quote from one of our greatest military leaders is the lead-in for today’s column. What Is The Pre-Need Determination Eligibility? Your government has made it easier for Veterans and their families to plan for VA burial benefits. Allow … [Read more...] about What Are Your VA Burial Benefits?