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
“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?
In my 40 plus years of practice the same misunderstandings keep coming up concerning wills. This article is to help clear up some common issues about how and when wills work. How Wills Work and When They Go Into Effect Wills don’t go into effect until the will has been admitted to probate. No other common legal document must be approved by a court to go into effect, but wills are the … [Read more...] about 6 Common Misconceptions About Wills and Probate
Unfortunate fact: your debts do not die with you. They continue to burden your property after your death. This is a big deal. Your creditors can go after the property that goes through your probate estate and the property that passes under beneficiary designation. It is fair to say that your beneficiaries or heirs take their share of your property under the threat that it may … [Read more...] about This Is What Happens To Your Debt and Assets When You Die
Boomerang Kids Transitioning Your Adult Child Here is the kindest, wisest and most merciful action you can take towards your adult able-bodied children who are still living with you and getting free room and board: kick them out. Really, people. Enough is enough. The phenomenon of free-loading adult kids is so prevalent – Pew Research Center says that 33% of Americans aged … [Read more...] about How to Deal With Boomerang Kids