Guardianship Should be Last Recourse

This column first appeared in the SA Express News on January 18, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: June of 2015 temporary guardianship was given by probate court. My mother had given me POA medical and general, and the court made me temporary Guardian of her Person. A private company was named temporary Guardian of her Estate, […]

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Failing to Probate a Will leads to Ownership Distress

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on January 13, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack:  This is a long story. I do not get along well with my granddaughter, who I finally realized has been taking unfair financial advantage of me. I only had one son, and he had only the one daughter, […]

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4 steps to including pet care in your estate plan

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on January 5, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: I heard you speak at the North Star Mall Walkers group, and have a question from my sister in law. She loves her pets. They soothe her and bring her joy. She’d like to know what estate planning […]

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A brief breakdown of 2016 Tax Act and how new adjustments may impact you

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on December 29, 2015. Dear Mr. Premack: I just got a brief email from a charity to which I make donations. They said there is a new tax law and I should give them a boatload of money. What is the new law? Any details? […]

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Texas Medicaid Income Limits & Asset Limits (2015 – 2016)

For the first time in many years, there has been NO CHANGE to the Medicaid Income Limits and Assets Limits for 2016. MEDICAID in TEXAS 2015 Amounts 2016 Amounts Income Cap (one Medicaid patient) $2,199/ month $2,199 / month Income Cap (both spouses are Medicaid patients) $4,398 / month $4,398 / month Countable Asset Cap (one Medicaid […]

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Brother’s decision needs legal action to be effective

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on December 22, 2015. Dear Mr. Premack: I was at the speech you gave at Incarnate Word University about retaining control over important life decisions. I was thinking about a few issues you raised. My brother and I inherited our widowed mother’s house a few […]

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The Intersection of Medicaid and Probate

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on December 11, 2015.  Dear Mr. Premack: My father and my mother separated, but did not divorce, when mother moved in with my sister in San Antonio in 1999. My father remained in their house on 5 acres about 150 miles away. In 2004 my […]

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Celebrate the Bill of Rights

December 15 is National Bill of Rights Day. At the end of the 1776 Revolution, our first national government was formed under the Articles of Confederation of 1781. The weak confederation did not operate well, and in 1789 the US Constitution was ratified to allow a stronger central government. A stronger central government was both […]

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Can I Force my Nephew to Divorce for an Inheritance?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on November 20, 2015. Dear Mr. Premack: My husband and I always liked our nephew. We have no children of our own, and have our nephew inheriting in our current Estate Plan. However, he just married a woman neither of us likes. Is it legal […]

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Living (and Dying) in Two States

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on November 10, 2015. Dear Mr. Premack: I am single and live in my home in McAllen part of the year and part of the year I live in my home in Pennsylvania. I do business in both states and have accounts in both states. […]

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