End-of-Life Issues Raised by Candidates

Dear Mr. Premack: I am one of your dedicated senior readers. I heard the debate between the four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, and am wondering how their comments about changing the artificial life support law in Texas might affect me? – NL Artificial life support has been in the news a great deal in…

Is the basic Medical Power of Attorney good enough?

Dear Mr. Premack: Are there flaws in the ʺrawʺ statutory Medical Power of Attorney in Texas? -MGH The Texas legislature first passed a law allowing appointment of health care agents back in 1989. I wrote an article that was published in the Texas Bar Journal about that new law, highlighting for other attorneys the nature…

Mobility Issues with Traditional Estate Planning

Last week, I began to answer a question posed by “J.D.”, who said that his young family has delayed making an estate plan because they anticipate relocating (due to work) in a few years. His brother recommended that he should not wait, an attitude with which experienced wealth managers concur. J.D. wanted to know if…

Estate Planning is for Young Adults, too

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News and other Hearst Newspapers on November 26, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: I know you work primarily with retirees, but since you write about Wills and Estate Planning I’m hoping you can answer this question. My husband and I have two young children, pets, and a…

Actions Seek to Subjugate your Choices to Dogma

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and other Hearst Newspapers on September 14, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: I am 50 and ready to prepare my estate plan and medical directives. I have strong opinions about artificial life support. I do not want any extraordinary or artificial methods used to prolong the process…