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Do You Need to Name Alternate Beneficiaries?

What will happen to your estate if your primary beneficiary does not survive you? If your will does not name alternate beneficiaries, your estate will be divided according to state law. The way the state divides your estate may not agree with your wi… Read More
Categories: Wills
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Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service

Thinking about your funeral may not be fun, but planning your funeral or your memorial service in advance can be exceedingly helpful for your family. It both lets them know your wishes and assists them during a stressful time. The following are steps… Read More
Categories: Burial Plans, Trusts, Wills
Fried Chicken

Family Legacy: It's Not Just About Money

Today is National Fried Chicken Day. According to the write-up on National Day Calendar website, the tradition of deep-frying chicken came to the United States by Scottish immigrants. For me, however, the tradition was not one from my Scottish relati… Read More
Categories: Estate Planning
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Are Handwritten Wills Valid?

Maybe it was Patti LaBelle who asked, “Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?”* But it seems it was Aretha Franklin who has left even more compelling questions after her death regarding what will happen to her estate based on three separate handwritten… Read More
Categories: Probate, Wills
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Five Key Tools in Planning for Children with Disabilities

Americans are living longer than they did in years past, including those with disabilities. Planning by parents can make all the difference in the life of a child with a disability, as well as that of his or her siblings who may be left with the resp… Read More
Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

March 3 is Caregiver Appreciation Day, which is a specific day to express your appreciation to those who care for someone who is ill, disabled, or elderly. As noted on Holiday Insights, caregivers, who are often family members, “give their time… Read More
Family Legacy

Family History as Legacy: Beyond Dollars and Land

Happy Texas Independence Day. In estate planning, one’s legacy is often thought of as the value of land or money that is left to your heirs. But Merriam-Webser also defines legacy as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor… Read More
Categories: Miscellaneous
Elder Care

Understanding Medicare’s Hospice Benefit

Medicare’s hospice benefit covers any care that is reasonable and necessary for easing the course of a terminal illness. It is one of Medicare’s most comprehensive benefits and can be extremely helpful to both the terminally ill individua… Read More
Categories: Elder Law
Rising Nursing Home Cost

Nursing Home Cost: Median for Private Rooms Hits Six Figures

The median private-room nursing home cost in the United States increased to $100,375 a year in 2018, up 3 percent from 2017, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. At the same time, Genworth reports th… Read More
Categories: Elder Law
Planning for Children with Special Needs

Planning for Children with Special Needs

Americans are living longer than they did in years past, including those with special needs or disabilities. According to one count, 730,000 people with developmental disabilities are living with caregivers who are 60 or older. This figure does not i… Read More
Categories: Special Needs Law

Attorney Jana McCreary

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

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