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One thing we know is true; things change. The unexpected happens – an illness, a death – and a family’s life can be turned upside down.
That’s when advance planning can make all the difference. Having a will, a medical directive or a Trust already in place can take a huge burden of uncertainty off your loved ones’ shoulders. An hour or two of your time now, can mean so much for your family later.
Don’t put off this simple task estate planning. Call the Texas Wills and Trusts lawyers at McCarty-Larson, PLLC today. We’ve worked with many family’s just like yours and we will do everything we can to make the process quick and understandable.
At McCarty-Larson, we work with a lot of clients who are going through a divorce. Don’t forget to revise your estate plan at this time. You probably don’t want your ex-spouse to make life or death decisions for you, or to manage your estate. As a good rule of thumb, one should update your will or trust every three years to make sure they take into account changes in your life.
If your family knows in advance that there will come a time when help is needed, because a family member has been diagnosed in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s or some other disabling disease, that family member may want to grant someone the Power of Attorney. This is a simple process that ensures someone can make financial and/or medical decisions when needed.
The ill or disabled person must be of sound mind to make such a decision. If they are not, then legal guardianship is the only tool available to give someone authority to make critical decisions.
Legal guardianship can be controversial if all family members don’t agree on what’s best for the incompetent family member. But it’s also a great gift to know that someone will be there to handle personal and financial affairs so your loved one won’t be unprotected.
The guardianship lawyers at McCarty-Larson have extensive courtroom experience. We will make the case for the best interest of the vulnerable adult or child.