Spouse Dies, No Will

What happens when a spouse dies and there is no Will?  There is a common, but mistaken, belief that when a spouse dies without leaving a Last Will, the surviving spouse inherits all of the deceased spouse’s property.  Community property laws, like those in Texas, which include marital property and inheritance rules, have...

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Title Insurance Scam

If you own a home in Texas, or may buy or sell one, this illuminating article on title insurance is essential reading, Entitled to profit:  In Texas, title insurance is a "total scam" .  Published by investigative news outlet, Texas Observer, the article exposes the title insurance business as a reverse Robinhood system, in which Texas...

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Volunteers Needed for Dementia Caregiver Studies

Rice University is recruiting caregivers who are currently caring for a spouse or romantic partner with Alzheimer's Disease, or related dementias, for two research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  "Project Care" is a fully remote study of caregivers' emotions and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Caregivers can participate in...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Who, When, Where?

Over a million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been allocated to health care providers across Texas and about 174,000 Texans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. To be fully vaccinated, a person must receive two doses of the vaccine, administered about 3-4 weeks apart.  In the first phase of...
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Funding Home Care for Elderly and Disabled

Tuesday, August 4th, is call-in day to push for dedicated funding of home and community-based services (HCBS) in the new COVID-19 relief legislation that is being negotiated in the U.S. Senate.  This measure is desperately needed in Texas, where HCBS funding has been greatly reduced during the pandemic, resulting in long delays for individuals...

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Home Care Alternatives to Nursing Facilities

As the spread of coronavirus threatens elderly and disabled residents of long-term care facilities, it is important to be informed about home-based alternatives to institutional care.  Major outbreaks of coronavirus have occurred in long-term care facilities across the U.S., infecting staff as well as residents.  Deaths from these outbreaks account for one-third to...

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Coronavirus Spreading in Nursing Homes

The Texas Tribune reports that large outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus have occurred among residents and staff at Texas long-term care facilities in San Antonio, Lubbock, Texas City, and other cities.  State regulators have asked facilities to report coronavirus cases, and to inform residents and their families of cases within the facility.  While state...

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