On National Healthcare Decisions Day, College Station attorney Chris Peterson explains the importance of documenting your healthcare choices.
Asset protection strategies help keep your money out of the hands of nursing homes, litigators, and other financial predators. Keep reading to learn about five of the best asset protection strategies to help you keep your money right where it is. Create an Irrevocable TrustExperienced College St...
Pay Now or Later? Considerations When Hiring a Brazos County Elder Law Attorneys to Help Plan For Long-Term Care
Many seniors and their families put off consulting with Brazos County elder law attorneys to plan for long-term care because they're afraid of the cost. But an elder law attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for yourself or your loved ...
You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it....
Succession planning is a lot like raising a crop. It takes time and starts with planting a seed. Congratulations! Being here means you have already taken the first step of planting the seed.
Along with trying to adapt their businesses to the next new normal in a global pandemic—one that includes a vaccine for this deadly virus—employers and workers alike are trying to figure out whether employers can (and should) require the COVID-19 vaccine for employees.
Choosing a caregiver for your elderly loved one can be difficult. Before you do, there are some important things you should consider.
Will lawyers in College Station discuss planning ahead for end-of-life issues and explain how to write your own obituary if you choose to do it yourself.
Many of our elder law clients wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. With the advances in medications, treatments, and home healthcare options, this wish can be granted more and more frequently. Whether you are looking for a home healthcare provider in Bryan for yourself or ...
Attorney Chris Peterson discusses the probate process and shares ways you can avoid the need for a probate lawyer in Brazos County.
College Station will and trust lawyer Chris Peterson discusses the importance of including your service care providers in your estate plan to ensure they can speak for you should you become incapacitated.
Confused about the differences between a will and a trust? If so, you are not alone. While it is always wise to contact experts like us, it is also important to understand the basics. While some of the differences between a will and trust are subtle; others are not.
While there are many types of trusts, the major distinction between trusts is whether they are revocable or irrevocable. As experienced estate planning attorneys, we can help you figure out whether a revocable or irrevocable trust is a good fit for you and your loved ones.
We collect stuff throughout our lives. This “stuff” is known as our personal property. Regardless of the value, it is important that these items be distributed the way you want when you die. Consider the following to ensure that your wishes for your personal property are honored.
If the election results in a political party change, it could mean not only lower estate and gift tax exemption amounts, but also the end of the longtime taxpayer benefit of stepped-up basis at death. To avoid the negative impact of these potential changes, there are a few wealth transfer strategies it would be prudent to consider before the year-end.
Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the nuances between a will and trust – and dying without either.
It can be hard to get motivated about your estate planning; it sounds about as fun as getting a root canal. The truth is that estate planning is not really that bad. In fact, with our help, estate planning is easy. We will talk with you about your goals and concerns, analyze your family and financial situation, and work with you to come up with a solid plan.
Protecting your family is important, especially when you have minor children, and even more so now that we are living through a pandemic. Having an up-to-date estate plan can be the first step toward providing that certainty in an uncertain world.
An advanced healthcare directive clearly spells out your wishes for the end of your life, for example, whether or not you want to be placed on life support if you are in a persistent vegetative state or have a terminal illness. Although it is one of the least discussed documents in an estate plan, it is equally as important as the other documents.
While most people want the settlement process to be done ASAP, probate can take between 18 and 24 months. Yes, you heard that right. The time delays create unnecessary stress, especially for families who need access to those accounts or property.
When planning for death, most people assume they will die before their beneficiaries (e.g., their spouse, children, and grandchildren). While these assumptions are often well-founded, they do not always come to pass. Sometimes a beneficiary of an estate or trust dies before the person leaving t...
Personal injury settlements often involve significant amounts of money. Consider consulting an estate planning attorney to make sure that any money received will be protected from present and future creditors, properly managed during disability and at death, and distributed according to your wishes.
A typical conservation easement is created when a landowner makes an agreement (known as a “servitude”) with a charitable organization or government “land trust.” In addition to the environmental and societal benefits that conservation easements can provide, there are significant tax benefits for those who create them.
Because September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, we want you to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Although none of us can predict the future, there are some things you can do to ensure that you and your family are ready.