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How Life Insurance Can Be Part of Your Estate Plan

Life insurance may not seem to have a bearing on how to dispose of assets in your estate, but you might like what you find if you look a bit deeper. Life insurance can be an integral, indispensably important part of a well-thought-out estate plan. Read More
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State Laws Change to Protect Nursing Home Residents During Covid-19

Nursing home residents in the US suffered severe consequences of high infection rates, morbidity, and mortality because of COVID-19. Read More
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Probate: How an Estate is Administered in Court

To process a decedent’s will it must go through a function called Probate, a method which judicial officials, including probate judges, process property. State laws may vary but the general process stays genuinely the same across the country. Read More
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A Primer on Special Needs Planning

In honor of October as Special Needs Awareness Month, let’s take a look at planning for disabled people to live their best lives. Family money can be carefully managed to fit the disability-benefit rules and provide perks for the disabled person. Read More
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Understanding Probate

Probate is, at the basic level, the process of the court overseeing what happens with a person’s assets or belongings after a person dies. Officially, someone gathers the person’s assets and distributes them to the beneficiaries or heirs. That pe… Read More
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Guardianships: Valuable Lessons from the Britney Spears Conservatorship

Most everyone at some point over the past several months has heard something about Britney Spears’s conservatorship and her battles with her father, who has been serving as her conservator. Conservators, commonly called guardians in Texas and F… Read More
Protecting a Home in Medicaid Estate Recovery

Medicaid Estate Recovery, Your Home, and 8 Trillion Dollars

The need for affordable long-term support services in America has increased dramatically. Costs are exorbitantly expensive whether you struggle to pay premiums for a long-term care insurance policy or monthly bills from a nursing home. The US Departm… Read More
Categories: Elder Law, Senior Issues
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Understanding the Power of Attorney

In its various forms, a power of attorney is an essential tool when planning for possible incapacity or if you otherwise need a trusted agent to manage your affairs. This legal document can grant broad authority to one or more agent to transact busin… Read More
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Why a Letter of Intent is Crucial

A letter of intent (LOI) can be a valuable piece in your estate planning, and although it is an informal letter, it can more fully represent your financial and personal intentions after you die. Everyone knows they need to make a will, but this lesse… Read More
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Estate Planning in the LGBTQIA+ Community: Are There Differences?

Since the 2015 recognition of same-sex marriage being constitutionally protected, same-sex couples who are married have been able to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to estate planning. But for unmarried couples, careful pl… Read More

Attorney Jana McCreary

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Houston Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Jana R. McCreary has been an attorney for over eighteen years, a career move she made after working for over a decade with adults and children with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Graduatin… Read More

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