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New Medical Power of Attorney Form

Beginning January 1, 2018, there is a new Medical Power of Attorney form. If you click on this link, you can download the new form. If you are one of our clients, after you have signed the new form, please email me a copy of it or […]

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New Statutory Power of Attorney

There is a new Statutory Power of Attorney effective September 1, 2017. Here is a link to the new form: https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/forms/miscellaneous/sdpoa-statutory-durable-power-attorney. We are including the new Statutory Power of Attorney with every will or trust package we create for our clients after September 1, 2017. We are […]

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Planning for Success

Planning for Success

It is summertime, vacation time, and transition time for families and their children. For youngsters it may mean preparing to start school, to change grades, or even change schools. For teens it may be reaching milestones such as going to middle school, starting high school or college. […]

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Challenges and Choices for Widows

Challenges and Choices for Widows

There are few things more challenging than dealing with all the choices one must make after the death of a spouse. Often the early days are filled with grief and loss, but there are an overwhelming number of decisions that must be made. In an ideal situation, […]

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Money Talks

Many people have been taught that money matters must always be strictly private. Of course, there are certain exceptions. Parents may be expected to discuss a minor child’s finances, but not those of an adult child. In other families, parents may be expected to offer advise to […]

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Outsmarting Sibling Rivalry

We often think of protecting our assets from loss due to heavy taxes, liability suits and even divorce. One of the most likely threats, often overlooked, is sibling rivalry. Many parents expect sibling rivalry to fade away like other phases of childhood, to be replaced by family […]

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Estate Planning for Pets

We have all heard about people who leave fortunes to their pets. Often there are critical comments from those who think about how those millions could have been put to better use. Others regard their own pets as beloved members of their families, and they understand. Even […]

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The Legacy Interview

Many people think of Estate Planning mostly in terms of preserving and passing on their money and property to their families. The attorneys at Leigh Hilton, P.L.L.C. take pride in being very good at helping our clients do that. We know that you have worked hard to […]

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Tell Them Who You Are and Help Them Remember!

“Who are those people in my guest room closet?” The question was intriguing, and the answer required many hours of research. Boxes of family photos stored on the upper shelf of the guest room closet held the clues. Many of the pictures were of people my friend […]

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Stuff to Avoid When Possible: Adult Guardianships by Gretchen Benolken, Of Counsel

Adult guardianships come in different sizes and shapes, and they are definitely not a one-size-fits-all item. Some things they all have in common are: 1) Someone (the Guardian) takes on some portion of another person’s decision-making. 2) Someone (The Ward) loses some decision-making authority. There are some […]

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