The COVID-19 pandemic poses enormous challenges to group homes for developmentally disabled people. These are neighborhood homes are much smaller than large long-term care facilities, but they still present risks to their special-needs populations and the staff members who support them. And people are dying. Across the United States, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of…

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,…

The SECURE Act: Time to review and possibly amend estate plans While it’s been a few months since President Trump signed the SECURE Act, we wanted to share information with you. The SECURE Act, which was effective January 1, 2020, has several positive changes: It increases the required beginning date (RBD) for required minimum distributions (RMDs)…

TRESI WEEKS EARNS CHARTERED ADVISOR IN PHILANTHROPY DESIGNATION TRESI WEEKS, Attorney with the Weeks Law Firm, PLLC, has earned the CChartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services. The CAP® program provides the knowledge and tools needed by professionals in the nonprofit and financial…

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 epidemic, most law firms are protecting their clients and staff by not conducting signings of wills and other legal documents in their office in the usual manner.  Some clients are wanting to execute their documents right away.  How can these documents be signed when the law office is closed? Digital Signatures Many…

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…

 

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