Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I too old or too young to be your client?

No one is too young or old to be our client.  While we specialize in services for older adults, our services translate into families of any age.

2. Do you offer free consultations?

We do not offer free consultations at this time.  At your consultation, we will give you valuable information regardless of whether you choose to hire us to do later work.  However, we will credit your consultation fee towards any work you ask us to do for you.

3. Is it true that if I go to a nursing home, the government, Medicaid or the nursing home will take my house and property?

That is not true.  If you or a loved one requires skilled nursing care, the nursing home simply wants to be paid.  If you can afford to pay the care facility on your own, then you don’t need to worry about qualifying for any benefits, and can choose any care facility you like.  If you need help paying for skilled nursing care, as most people do, you may need to try and qualify for Medicaid.  If you have too many assets, you won’t qualify for benefits, and may have to spend down in order to qualify for benefits – but no person or entity will take anything away from you.  Our office can help you with strategies for qualifying for benefits legally, more quickly, and with less stress.

4. Do you accept walk-ins?

While we love to visit with our clients, we often have very full days.  Therefore, it is not fair to keep clients waiting who have made an appointment, and we want to be able to spend as much time with you as needed.  Please call our office to make an appointment to come in and visit with us.

5. Should I try to avoid probate?

Probate is the process of transferring ownership of assets after someone has passed away.  The person in charge of the administration, called either an Executor or an Administrator, is responsible for taking the Will to Court, obtaining the proper paperwork, gathering all of the Decedent’s assets, paying his debts, and then dividing and distributing the property based upon his Will or according to the laws of the State of Texas.  While probate in many states is time consuming and expensive, probate in Texas tends to be fairly simple and straightforward.  Trying to avoid probate can be a good idea in certain situations, but in many cases, it is more expensive to try and avoid probate than it is to let the process work.

6. My mom has just been diagnosed with dementia, and I am so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start.  Can you help me?

We can.  Caregiving is one of the most difficult – and sometimes most rewarding – jobs a person can have in their lifetime.  In order for you to be able to spend the most time with your loved one, proper planning is essential.  We can help by getting you started on the right path and then monitoring your situation as time goes by.  We can also connect you with the proper resources at every step of the way.  There is no need for you to undertake this journey alone.  Let our 50+ years of combined experience work for you.

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