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Noteworthy Changes – New Laws Mean New Documents

A potpourri of legislative changes. Guardianship is not an amateur sport. A person who wants to be appointed guardian is required to complete formal training at least 10 days before the guardianship hearing. The training will be made available for free on the website of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission, and will cover a guardian’s…

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Freezing Out Seniors – New Financial Exploitation Law Has Protections and Risks

Meet the brand-new Chapter 280 of the Texas Finance Code, effective September 1, 2017. You need to know about this one. Going by the catchy name “Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation,” Chapter 280 puts the onus on financial institutions, securities dealers and investment advisers to help protect seniors (65+) from fraud and financial…

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Statute for Rights of the Elderly

Effective: April 2, 2015 V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code § 102.003 102.003. Rights of the Elderly (a) An elderly individual has all the rights, benefits, responsibilities, and privileges granted by the constitution and laws of this state and the United States, except where lawfully restricted. The elderly individual has the right to be free of interference,…

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Happy 4th of July!

From all of us here at Hammerle Finley Law Firm, we would like to you wish you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July! Want to receive our monthly email newsletter or book one of our attorneys for a speaking engagement? Email LegalTalkTexas@Hammerle.com and let us know how we can help. The information contained…

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A New Kind of Kin – Equitable Adoption Comes of Age

Hidden among the many provisions of the Texas Estates Code is a little statutory gem called “Definitions.” There one can find helpful information about such common terms as “next of kin,” “person, ” “heir,” “distributee,” and “child.” It is the definition of “child” that the 85th Legislature recently decided to tinker with, and the resulting change…