It is, indeed, getting to be more difficult for deceased voters to cast their ballots in Texas. There is a 4-way system of redundancy in place to prevent voting from beyond the grave. First comes the report sourced from death certificates. Every month the local registrar of deaths prepares an abstract of each death certificate issued during that month for deceased Texas residents who were at … [Read more...] about Dead Men Don’t Vote: Dearly Departed Ousted from the Rolls
That is because there is a huge potential for being scammed in the process. In one example, a company called National Prearranged Services, Inc. (NPS) victimized 97,000 people and numerous funeral homes in 16 states when it ran a Ponzi-like scheme on prearranged funeral contracts. Six people were sentenced to federal prison in 2013 for their role in the scam, which ran for over 25 years. … [Read more...] about Funeral planning is helpful. Buying a prepaid funeral contract – not so much.
Your friendly federal government has rules that give you certain rights against those behemoth airlines. If you are in a U.S. airport, then you have some protection against tarmac delays, which occur when an airplane is awaiting takeoff or has just landed and passengers do not have the opportunity to get off the plane. During the delay, the airline is required to provide you with working toilets, … [Read more...] about Tarmac Delays, Bumping and Disability: Navigating Airline Regulations
Texas offers its residents several favorable benefits. We do not have an individual income tax, we do not impose an estate or inheritance tax, and we provide extremely generous protection to individuals from creditor claims. To share in this good fortune, you just have to be domiciled within our state. “Domicile” is a legal term. It means that you have a true fixed and permanent home and … [Read more...] about Living the Life in Texas: Tips for Establishing Domicile
A successful agent for an elder takes the right action with the right document at the right time. Get one of those 3 rights wrong, and you’re looking at failure, civil liability or even jail time. The right action is the easiest part. The key is remembering that you are just an agent. You are required to act as the principal (the elder) would want you to act, and always, always in the … [Read more...] about Life and Death Matters Part Two: Agent Knowledge Key
It is time to dispel the urban myths surrounding the roles of two very different types of fiduciaries: agent and executor. Assume that your dad signs a durable (financial) power of attorney and names you as the agent. Five years later your dad dies. What authority do you have to manage his estate after his death? None. Your authority under the power of attorney ended when your dad died. A … [Read more...] about Life and Death Matters: The Myth of Agent and Executor, Part 1