Millions of people are affected by dementia, and unfortunately many of them do not have all their estate planning affairs in order before the symptoms start. If you or a loved one has dementia, it may not be too late to sign a will or other documents, but certain criteria must be met to ensure…

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…

Everyone has heard the terms “will” and “trust,” but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes, and both can work together to create a complete estate plan. One main difference between a will and a trust is that a will goes into effect only…

One important reason to have a will is to be able to name your executor (also called a personal representative). An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of your estate after you die. If you don’t choose an executor, the court will choose one for you. The first decision is whether to…

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin was thought to have died without a will, but the recent discovery of handwritten documents in her home is calling that into question. A representative of her estate has asked a Michigan probate court to determine if any of the documents could be considered a valid will. When Franklin died August 16,…

Every February 14th, the stores line the isles with beautiful floral bouquets and packages of chocolate indulgences of all kinds.  Marriage proposals are planned, reservations are made at fine dining establishments, and love notes are written.  To be sure, not all couples care much about Valentine’s Day, and certainly plenty of singles aren’t the least…

Planning a holiday? Then don’t forget to plan your legal documents, such as advance directives and power of attorney, as well. With the unusually chilly May weather we’ve been having lately, I can hardly believe it – but summer is almost here!  For many of us, that means we’re going to be scrambling to plan…

If you’ve got a child headed off to college this month, then things such as power of attorney and living will documents are probably the last thing on your mind. You are also likely  among the group identified in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center as “the sandwich generation”.  The study revealed that…

With the unusually chilly May weather we’ve been having lately, I can hardly believe it – but summer is almost here!  For many of us, that means we’re going to be scrambling to plan our summer travels for family reunions and vacations.  Some of you are super-on-the-ball and you finished plans weeks ago…what’s your secret? …

Get ready to take notes!  The City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department is providing three great opportunities to hear Tresi speak this summer.  Learn more about planning for your family’s future with these courses: GUARDIANSHIPS & ALTERNATIVES, SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST & NEW ABLE ACT, and FAMILY LEGAL DOCUMENTS Thursday, June 9th from 6:30PM to…

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