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Brad Wiewel is a Board Certified Texas estate-planning attorney with a statewide practice at The Wiewel Law Firm. He has been a featured legal columnist for the Austin American-Statesman and is the creator of LifePlanning Legal Services, which provides his clients with a formal updating program for their estate plans.

A Quick Guide to the Difference Between Medicaid & Medicare

Personal Finance

A Quick Guide to the Difference Between Medicaid & Medicare

A Quick Guide to the Difference Between Medicaid & Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid may sound alike, but these government health insurance programs are dramatically different from one another. Here’s a brief overview. What Is Medicare? Administered by the federal government, Medicare is a health insurance program primarily for adults who are 65 years of age or older and have paid into the Social Security system for... Read More

Life After Death: How Do I Plan for My Pets?

Personal Finance

Life After Death: How Do I Plan for My Pets?

Life After Death: How Do I Plan for My Pets?

Americans love their pets. In fact, about 65% of U.S. households – roughly 80 million total – have at least one pet. That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute, which also found that cats are slightly more popular than dogs. For many of these households, pets are often seen as members of the family. And... Read More

Does a College Student Need an Estate Plan?

Students

Does a College Student Need an Estate Plan?

Does a College Student Need an Estate Plan?

When parents drop their children off at college they often celebrate the start of a new chapter in their lives and breathe a sigh of relief because, after helping guide their child through high school, paying their tuition, and outfitting their dorm room or apartment, they figure that they have done all that they can... Read More

How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your Will

Personal Finance

How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your Will

How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your Will

Most people never disclose the details of their estate plan to their children, who may also be their successor trustees, executors, and agents. As a result, after they die, the children are left to guess about their deceased family member’s true intentions because of the sterile, legal language used in their parent’s will or living... Read More

10 Things That Could Give You Peace of Mind on Your Next Vacation

Personal Finance

10 Things That Could Give You Peace of Mind on Your Next Vacation

10 Things That Could Give You Peace of Mind on Your Next Vacation

Given the recent horrendous acts of terrorism in Nice, Brussels, Paris, Orlando and elsewhere, many travelers are concerned about becoming victims themselves. Although the chances are extraordinarily slim that it could happen to you, the truth is that thousands of people are injured and die every year while on vacation. Therefore, here are some travel-planning steps... Read More

5 Money Mistakes Parents of Special Needs Kids Make

Personal Finance

5 Money Mistakes Parents of Special Needs Kids Make

5 Money Mistakes Parents of Special Needs Kids Make

Parents of a child with special needs face unique challenges when planning their estates, and unless they address them correctly, they risk making mistakes that could have long-term, costly consequences for their child. For example, they may make the child ineligible for important federal government benefits once he or she becomes an adult, and they... Read More

Who Gets the Family Heirlooms When I Die?

Personal Finance

Who Gets the Family Heirlooms When I Die?

Who Gets the Family Heirlooms When I Die?

Someone once said that my stuff is “stuff” and somebody else’s stuff is “junk.” But when someone dies, nothing causes fights in estates more than “stuff” — family heirlooms, collectibles and just about anything not nailed down. Legally, these items are referred to as “tangible personal property.” What happens to these items after someone dies depends on... Read More

I Inherited a Mortgage. What Can I Do?

Mortgages

I Inherited a Mortgage. What Can I Do?

I Inherited a Mortgage. What Can I Do?

Most homeowners have mortgages, and all homeowners die eventually. And, if a homeowner dies with an outstanding mortgage loan, the mortgage company still expects to be paid. Whether the balance owed will be due all at once or can be paid off over time depends on who inherits the home and the state where the... Read More

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