Congratulations! You are now considered a legal adult. Aside from purchasing alcohol, there is now very little you cannot legally do. Even though you may not feel any different, from a legal standpoint, a lot has changed. When you were a minor (under the age of 18), your parents were responsible for making all of…

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to provide guidelines to the healthcare industry for protecting patient information and privacy. For minors, this is a non-issue because parents, as legal guardians, have access to their children’s medical information and are the ones making most of the medical decisions, as…

Myth: My son is on my insurance, so I automatically have access to his medical information. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Just because your son is on your health insurance does not mean you will have access to his medical information. The doctor’s office or hospital is only allowed to disclose information to those…

A Living Will or Last Will and Testament provides for the distribution of your property after you die but does not cover the immediate funeral planning arrangements. While no one enjoys thinking about their own funeral, making those arrangements in advance yourself may be one of the most thoughtful acts you can do for your…

Probate attorneys play a huge role in ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your instructions in your will. If you have left no will they will play an even more important part in a court-supervised legal process. Have you considered what will happen to your car when you pass away? In 2019, it…

A revocable living trust (RLT), which is a commonly used estate planning solution, allows for the alteration of the trust should need arise. It is distinguishable from the irrevocable living trust which cannot be easily altered. But what exactly are RLTs, who is affected by them, how can they be changed, and what do they…

When a decedent dies intestate, their estate vests immediately in their heirs at law subject to the decedent’s debts and any court-ordered child support payments that are delinquent on the date of death.[1] However, since third parties may be hesitant to take the word of the heirs due to the lack of documentation identifying the…

For some time, Collin County paid the costs of a guardianship case out of the county treasury when an Affidavit of Inability to Pay, showing that the proposed ward was indigent, was filed and accepted. Effective October 1, 2019, the County Clerk’s office will only accept an affidavit of inability to pay that shows the…

Trust protectors — long popular in offshore trusts set up by high rollers — are growing more common in trusts established here in the U.S. by less affluent folks. A trust protector is someone who is appointed to watch over a trust that will be in effect for a long time and ensure that it…

For some people with disabilities, home ownership may present a uniquely empowering opportunity. But for many others, purchasing a home through a special needs trust may be in the beneficiary’s best interests. Home ownership comes with many pitfalls and responsibilities. Buying a home through a special needs trust, rather than through the beneficiary or a family…

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