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Passing On Personal Property

You feel good that your estate plan is all set. It will take care of your home, savings, and investments, making sure that your family will get those valuable estate items fairly and efficiently. Depending on the level of planning, your plan might al… Read More
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Senior Poverty: Many Older Americans Are Struggling to Meet Basic Needs

It is nothing short of a national tragedy; 45 percent of aging Americans are not making it financially to meet their most basic needs. Many of these older adults must routinely shuffle their available resources in an attempt to keep quality health ca… Read More
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What It Means To Become a Fiduciary

In your lifetime, you may be asked to act on behalf of a family member or friend. This could be being named as agent under a power of attorney, as executor under a will, or as trustee for a trust, for example. Then, if that person who named you becom… Read More
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Blended Families And Estate Planning

Estate planning for blended families is a complex subject. Many couples often bring children into a marriage from a prior relationship, and sometimes they also then have children together. This mix of children and new spouses is referred to as a blen… Read More
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Seven Bad Excuses People Use to Put Off Estate Planning

Can’t we put off planning until we can afford it? My family and I don’t own much. You really shouldn’t. It is crucial to give legal authority to a person of your choice whether to make decisions for you in a medical crisis, to handle your finan… Read More
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The Importance of Talking to Your Kids About Their Inheritance

Failing to talk to kids about how much they may inherit could leave them unprepared to handle even a modest amount, and often results in the money being squandered quickly. Read More
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Hearing Loss Can Lead to Other Health Problems

According to the ten-year study done by the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA), a strong link between hearing loss and health risks exists. The risks include a 50 % greater risk of dementia, a 40 % greater risk of developing depression… Read More
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Think Twice Before Tackling Estate Planning Documents on Your Own

A common question many people ask is: “Can’t I just grab a will off the internet, do a transfer-on-death deed for my land, put my kids on my bank account, and be done with my estate plan?” Yes, you can. But you should not. It’s just not a goo… Read More
Categories: Estate Planning
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What is the Role of a Probate Attorney?

Whether you are the executor or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the lawyer’s role is one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating the estate is understand… Read More
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Checking up on Your Estate Plan

You should be checking up on your estate planning documents every so often to make sure they’re still good—especially with big life changes like births, marriages, divorces, and moving to another state. Children grow up, marriages dissolve, prope… 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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