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Taking care of your family’s future can be complicated and confusing. Protecting your assets and keeping your property safe from probate takes careful planning and a clear understanding of the law. At Theander & Grimes, our elder law and probate attorneys bring years of experience to help you build a stable and prosperous future.

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On this page, you’ll find answers to common questions our clients ask. For more information, call us and schedule your initial consultation.

  • When should I get started on a will?

    An old proverb says the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago — the second best time is now. By getting a head start on planning for your family’s financial future, you can avoid making some of the common mistakes that can have costly consequences down the road. At Theander & Grimes, we have the experience to help our clients make the best use of their available legal options. With an experienced legal team on your side, you can rest easy knowing your family will be cared for.

  • What happens if I don’t have a will?

    When it comes to wills, indecision means Texas law will determine where your property goes. If your estate is left to Texas law, there is a higher likelihood that your property will not go where you intended. Careful estate planning can help accomplish your goals at minimum costs to your family.

  • Once I make a will, can I change it?

    Yes, and it should be re-visited often. Life can change quickly, and sometimes what was important years ago has less importance today. Writing a will is not a final declaration, but an order for how things are now. You can always go back and change your will, and at Theander & Grimes, we recommend you consider doing so when you have a life-changing event.

  • Won’t creating a trust give all my property to someone else?

    By setting up a trust, you give a trustee administration over your assets, but not rights to them. First, you will have to determine which kind to use, then how to abide within the laws and requirements so the trust can work for you. With the help of an attorney, you can ensure your trust provides the protection you need for your assets without falling into any hidden pitfalls.

  • My loved one is no longer able to make clear decisions. What should I do?

    There are a few options to provide help for vulnerable adults who need help. A power of attorney assigns decision-making responsibilities during times when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. With the help of an attorney, you can create a clear power of attorney that becomes active when the person becomes unable to act responsibly for themselves.

    If your loved one no longer has the capacity to sign documents such as a power of attorney, a guardianship may be necessary. This process helps protect vulnerable adults from being abused, neglected, or exploited. There are many different kinds of guardianship options available, so consult with an experienced attorney first.

  • My Medicaid application was denied. What should I do?

    You are not alone. Applying for Medicaid is considered one of the most confusing processes around. At Theander & Grimes, we have spent years learning more about how to help our clients successfully apply for Medicaid and protect existing assets. If their application was denied, we have helped them successfully reapply. It is important that you put all your assets and property into the appropriate hands before applying. Our team can help you better understand what needs to happen, then help you make the changes necessary. Call for a consultation about how to proceed with your Medicaid application.

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