Unclaimed Property – What? Where? How it impacts on estate planning and probate estate administration? Did you know that there are billions of dollars in unclaimed property being held by the state and federal government? Regardless of how careful we are with our finances, it is possible for utility deposits, credit balances, unused gift certificates,…

Last fall, attorneys Tresi Weeks and Chris Krupa Downs of The Weeks Law Firm, PLLC spent a few hours with a dynamic group of UNT Law Students filming a video for its Accessible Law platform discussing probate and special needs.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Weeks Law Firm is still open to serve you. We are working remotely but in full operational capacity.  We are conducting initial consultations via phone or Zoom videoconferencing. Our fabulous legal assistant, Mikey Barshop, is answering our phones, scheduling appointments and forwarding to us anything that needs our attention.  Both attorneys,…

A medical power of attorney is a crucial part of your estate plan that enables you to name a trusted person to make healthcare decisions for you if needed. But what does your power of attorney agent need to know to handle your healthcare decisions when you can’t. Role of Medical Power of Attorney in…

How is estate planning like building a snowman? Well, as this blog reveals, there are some strong similarities. In both cases, you have to establish a strong base before methodically adding more layers. The careful addition of layers is the key to the stability of the finished structure. What you need to know about Estate…

It isn’t unusual for people to leave handwritten, informal wills – often without any witnesses. These kinds of wills are often contested but still technically legally binding, provided their authenticity can be proven – which is the difficult part. How effective are these wills really? Handwritten Will After the 2018 passing of the legendary singer…

Powers of Attorney It is very important to regularly review and update all of your estate planning documents. However, your financial power of attorney is one document that should be reexamined more frequently than others.  Revisiting your financial power of attorney will help ensure that the person you have appointed (your agent) is still the…

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2017, there were 44.4 million foreign-born people living in the United States, 55% of whom were non-citizens. As a result, there are many occasions when a non-citizen may be the beneficiary of the estate of a U.S. citizen, for example, if the non-citizen immigrant married a U.S. citizen….

The internet offers all the information and tools we need at our fingertips to create our own estate plan, right? For most people, this is simply not true. Several years ago, Consumer Reports®, an independent nonprofit consumer watchdog group, created wills using the forms provided by DIY websites and asked three law professors to review…

 Women Empowered to LEAD We, at the Weeks Law Firm, are thrilled that Chris was selected to join the 2020 class of Dallas Bar Associations WE LEAD professional development program. This prestigious leadership program addresses the challenges of high-performing women who have practiced law for 8 to 15 years. The program’s purpose is to address…

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