Many families are blessed with a child (or adult) who happens to have a disability. There is obviously some concern regarding that loved one’s care and standard of living once a parent or other caregiver is no longer able to provide for them. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid can help, but they are limited and require the disabled person to have very depressed levels of assets and … [Read more...] about Special Needs Trusts – Planning for Disabled Folks
Ready or Not, Here it May Come Your Cheat Sheet for Dementia “Dementia” is a global medical term used to describe different conditions and diseases that share common symptoms such as impaired memory, performance of daily activities and the ability to communicate. Some common types of these conditions or diseases are Alzheimer Disease, Vascular disorders, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain … [Read more...] about 10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia
The topics today are drugs and sorry nursing homes. We will start with drugs first. For those 65 and older, there is a relatively secret list of medications that they should avoid or consider with caution. It is called the American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, commonly known as the Beers List. Created in 1991 and updated … [Read more...] about Beers and Nursing Homes: Two Lists that are Too Important to Miss
Please excuse the bluntness, but when your spouse dies you will need to address some legal and financial issues. You need to be prepared. Make this your starting point Unless you have a written marital agreement that states otherwise, at the time of death your spouse will own 100 percent of his or her separate property, and an undivided one-half of the community estate. … [Read more...] about When the Unthinkable Happens: The Survivor’s Action Plan
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
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?