Estate Planning

The Importance of Estate Planning in Non-Traditional Families

April 16, 2014

I got a heartbreaking call this week from a woman whose fiancé had recently died. They had been a couple for many years, and were the parents of an infant son, but they had never gotten around to getting married. Her fiancé had a well-paying job with benefits, and was the sole income earner in […]

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What Is An Estate?

March 26, 2014

Many years ago, a neighbor’s teenaged daughter asked me what type of law I practiced. When I told her I focused on estate planning, she looked at me bewildered. “You mean, like mansions?” she asked. It was clear she was envisioning something like the image above. She’s not the only one confused. I got an […]

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Can I Sign a Medical Power of Attorney for Someone Else?

February 17, 2014

I got a phone call from a man last week seeking information on how to revoke a Medical Power of Attorney. After talking to him for a few minutes, I became confused. The man started the conversation saying that his father had signed the Medical Power of Attorney several years ago. His father now wanted […]

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Will my End-of-Life Wishes Be Honored if I am Pregnant?

January 31, 2014

Erick Munoz’s nightmare began on November 26 when he found his wife, who was 14 weeks pregnant, lying unconscious on their kitchen. Although she was rushed to the hospital, it was too late. Doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas told the family Marlise Munoz was brain dead. Marlise, a paramedic, didn’t […]

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Home for the Holidays: Are Mom and Dad Okay?

November 26, 2013

The holidays are traditionally a time for families to gather together from far and wide. For some who do not live near aging parents and who see them only during holidays and special occasions, it can also be an important opportunity to gauge how they are doing physically, mentally and financially. Below are a few […]

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How To Manage Someone Else’s Money

November 13, 2013

If you are serving as a financial caregiver, you likely have a lot of questions about your responsibilities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released some booklets that may help answer them. Whether you’re an agent under a power of attorney, a court-appointed guardian, a trustee or a government fiduciary, the “Managing Someone Else’s Money” […]

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