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Who will make your medical decisions if you become incapacitated?

Many people understand that they can use their estate plan to make known what they would like to happen after they die. However, people often do not realize that they can also plan what they would like to happen if they become incapacitated.

When planning for incapacitation, one area of concern may be medical decisions. Fortunately, you can plan who will make medical decisions if you become unable to make them yourself.

Proposed eminent domain law aims to protect Texas landowners

Government entities and private companies frequently use condemnation and the power of eminent domain to acquire land necessary for oil and gas pipelines, roads, and public transit lines.

State law requires these entities to make a good faith offer to buy land from property owners at a fair price. But, many claim that initial offers often do not match the true market value of the property.

How Should You Choose A Trustee?

Getting older typically involves many things that may make you uncomfortable. You might need to ask for assistance from others, and you may need to move into a smaller home. Difficult conversations may also be important as you age, since it is important that you create a sound plan to carry out your wishes, which may include setting up a trust to pass along your assets to your loved ones.

Part of the creation of a trust involves naming a trustee who will be responsible for administering your estate according to your wishes. With certain duties involved, you will likely want to choose someone who is capable of performing that role according to your specifications. Choosing a trustee is an important decision, but do you know how to decide who that person will be?

Planning for nursing home costs with Medicaid

If you or a loved one is planning for nursing home care, you may find the cost of long term care alarming. Many people turn to government assistance through Medicaid to help pay for care. In Texas, some refer to this program as STAR+PLUS. The Medicaid laws and application process can be very frustrating and confusing, but planning ahead with a trusted professional can make a big difference. Here are a few terms you should know when applying for long term care Medicaid assistance in Texas.


5 tips for an effective oil and gas lease

Many Texas landowners benefit from leasing their land for oil and gas production. Perhaps an operator has approached you with an offer. If you are thinking about leasing your land, but aren’t sure where to start, here are five tips for negotiating a lease that may help you make your decision:

Discussing your estate plan with family members

There are certain topics that are considered too private and personal to discuss with others, even those closest to you. Estate planning can be one of these topics. You may feel uncomfortable discussing your own estate plan with anyone but your spouse or partner, if even them.

However, opting to avoid discussing the topic altogether with family, such as a spouse, children, grandchildren and more can be detrimental. When it comes time to administer the estate, feelings of confusion, animosity or even bitterness can arise from a lack of understanding.

It's Open Enrollment Season: Is Your Medicare Plan Still Working For You?

16896-Open Enrollment.jpgDo you have the right Medicare plan? It is fall, which means it is time to think about whether your current plan is still giving you the best coverage or whether a new plan could save you money or offer better coverage. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, during which you can freely enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7.

What are a landowner’s options in an eminent domain case?

Texas is a land of wide open countryside. It is also place with a booming oil industry, pending construction of a bullet train and a variety of proposed government projects. This may leave some Texas landowners concerned about eminent domain claims. Here is what you need to know about eminent domain and your rights.

What prevents a muniment of title?

When a loved one dies, dealing with the division of their estate afterwards can be stressful. Depending on how well they planned out their wills or trusts, you may have to endure probate court before inheriting everything that the deceased wanted you to have.

While many have devised numerous strategies to minimize or eliminate probate court all together, there is one process in Texas that you can rarely find anywhere else. This proceeding is known as the “muniment of title” and can offer Texans a and less pricy way to settle their loved one’s estate by bypassing the appointment of an executor and standard administration process. Before you consider this option, you need to know if the decedent’s estate is eligible for it.

Steps to take before filing a construction defect claim

After hiring a contractor to make renovations to your home, you begin to find significant issues with the outcome of the project. Perhaps the contractor did not accurately install piping, so your ceiling now leaks. Perhaps the contractor failed to comply with safely regulations, and your home lacks sound structure. Maybe the contractor failed to even complete elements listed on your original contract.

In Texas, homeowners have the ability to engage in a construction dispute with contractors that have failed to uphold their contractual agreements. Contractors can offer ways to avoid court litigation through remedying a potential mistake, but you have the authority to reject a contractor's offer. To receive compensation, you must have proof of a breached contract, so it may prove wise to hire an experienced construction litigation attorney, so that you can receive maximum reimbursement for your faulty renovation.

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