Plano Estate Attorney: How Improper Planning Can Make a Legal Mess After Death

It’s hard to believe that more than half of all adults in America do not have a Last Will and Testament or Trust in place, especially with so many public stories of celebrities who left their estates a mess by not leaving behind a Will, leaving an invalid Will, or not properly funding their Trusts. Here are some of these cases and the complications left for the deceased’s loved ones. Warren Burger Perhaps the Read More

Do I Need A New Estate Plan If I Move to a New State?

If I had to pick one question that I am asked the most, I’d have to say this one ranks way up there… Do I need a new estate plan if I move out of Texas? Just like the answer to most estate planning questions, the answer is “it depends.” However, this one has a pretty simple explanation. All estate plans should include these basic documents; a will, a healthcare directive, a financial power of attorney, and Read More

When it Comes to Estate Planning in Collin County, You Get What You Pay For

You have probably seen so-called “standard” (a.k.a cheap) living trusts advertised all over the Collin County area.  Seminars, direct mail, and telemarketing are all common marketing techniques for the companies that sell “Do-It-Yourself” legal plans. But, buyer beware! These one-size-fits-all estate plans are NOT created to deal with your unique situation or handle your unique assets. Without a plan suited to Read More

What Benefits is my Autistic Child Eligible For in Collin County?

If your child has been recently diagnosed with autism, you are probably feeling overwhelmed with this new direction your life has taken and inundated with information about how to care for your very special child. The good news is that there are a number of ways that the government and other organizations can help you. A few of them are listed below. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI) SSI is a financial Read More

Physicians: Don’t Forget This Critical Step When Beginning Your Medical Career!

After years of school and clinical training, you are now ready to begin your medical career. Or, are you? You are most likely dealing with a lot of concerns at the moment such as work-life balance and unforgiving student loans.  One thing you are likely not adequately planning for is the possibility of getting sued. According to the American Medical Association, 61% of physicians surveyed had been sued at Read More

Caregivers – Here Are 10 Critical Things You Should Do to Take Care of YOU!

If you are a frequent reader of our Plano elder law blog, you know that we talk a lot about how to take care of your older and/or disabled loved ones. We are passionate about helping people spend their end of life as comfortably and securely as possible. However, one thing that we don’t discuss quite as frequently is how to help you, the caregiver, take care of your elderly loved one while making sure that YOU Read More

Adding Disability Insurance to Your Estate Planning in Plano

Estate planning lawyers in Plano are typically tasked with the job of helping clients determine what to do with their assets after death.  There are other important aspects to estate planning, however, and one that can be overlooked is the need for disability insurance.  Those who are in good health and looking forward to retirement in the next decade or so often do not see the wisdom in their estate planning Read More

Asset Protection Strategies in Plano – What Professionals Need to Know

Many people are using the legal system to deprive others of their life’s work. Millions and millions of new lawsuits are filed every year. As you can imagine, many are frivolous or settled for large amounts of money. Business owners, property owners, and professionals such as accountants, lawyers, dentists, and doctors are often a target and as such, need to be aware of the risks associated with conducting business. Read More

Plano Wills and Trusts Lawyer: 5 Steps to Making a Living Trust

A living trust is a perfect document for protecting privacy, avoiding probate, and determining who can take care of your affairs while you’re incapacitated and after you’ve passed on. It’s often an essential element for estate plans in Plano as it gives an extra layer of protection to estates and gives the trust maker, also known as the Grantor, added peace of mind that their interests will be protected and their Read More

Plano Estate Planning for Blended Families

Many people are familiar with this common horror story: a parent remarries later in life to a person with a family of his or her own; when the parent passes away, their estate goes entirely to their new spouse through the laws of intestacy. When the new spouse then dies, the cumulative estate goes to his or her children, leaving the original parent’s children without their rightful inheritance. This happens all Read More