W.C. Cowan and his sister Ora Lea Scott could not wait for their mother Rosa to die. That is not to say that they wanted Rosa dead. Quite the opposite: they wanted her to live at least until they could get a court order ruling that her will was invalid. Rosa and her husband J.C. had three children: W.C., Ora and James. On May 16, 1949 Rosa signed a will leaving her husband J.C. her … [Read more...] about Life as a Defense: Will Contest is a Timing Issue
If you hire a lawyer to represent you, then chances are pretty good that the lawyer will expect to get paid for his or her services. You need to get the payment arrangement worked out at the very beginning. There are 3 typical types of attorney fee arrangements: hourly, contingent and flat fee. Sometimes the agreements are a hybrid of these 3. An hourly fee agreement means the attorney … [Read more...] about Attorney Fee Agreements: A Cheat Sheet for Clients
Know your roles. They are key to deciphering your rights under contract and statute. A good example is found in the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Ferreira v. Butler case. Here is the background. Norman divorced Linda. He then married Patricia, who had children from a prior marriage. Patricia died in 2006, leaving a will that left her entire estate to Norman. Norman never … [Read more...] about Roles In Probate and Is the 4 Year Rule Gone?
This may sound harsh, but you need to do more for your family than just sign a will. You should also leave them a map to follow. How do you go about it? Prepare your executor. You should have a list of all of your beneficiaries and professional advisors with their contact information. Tell your executor where you keep your original will. Tell your successor trustees where you keep … [Read more...] about Great Ideas for Families: Preparation Goes a Long Way
The Social Security Administration is not going to call you out of the blue and threaten you with arrest if you do not press a number and give your personal information. Your grandchild does not need you to send $10,000 in small bills, folded inside magazine pages, via federal express to get him or her out of legal trouble. Funds donated through a GoFundMe page set up after a natural disaster … [Read more...] about Scams with a 2019 Twist: SSA, Grandchildren and Disasters
You need to know about Jimmo because many Medicare providers, suppliers, and adjusters are clueless. So says a 2018 report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Jimmo is the name for a 2013 settlement arising from a federal lawsuit over Medicare coverage for skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services. The Jimmo agreement restated the standard for providing continued … [Read more...] about Jimmo Revisited: Improvement vs. Need Medicare Standard