Today, elder law includes many of the following disciplines: legal protection of patients; asset protection; wills; trusts; guardianships; advance directives; retirement planning; Medicare benefits, Medicaid benefits; nursing homes and in-home care; homestead rights; real estate and mortgage assistance; various levels of advice; tax matters. Indeed, lawyers who previously catered to the wealthy, now also address government benefits for the needy. ... The utility of this book cannot be overemphasized. It is a service to the lawyer, the student, the elder law community in Texas and beyond. Most persons who have family members with Elder Law needs value the advice of good counsel. Professor James has enabled the profession with this primer.” - McKen V. Carrington, Attorney & Counselor at Law and Professor of Law and Former Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas
Whether you are working on a specific legal or financial question or bringing in specialists in other disciplines to help you handle a client's requirements, this comprehensive guide will enable you find solutions and act as effective quarterback of an overall plan.
Texas Elder Law covers everything from dissolution of marriage to settling an estate. The book thoroughly covers the complex issues that plague estate planners and guardians. These include family and marital issues, paying for long-term care, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, tax issues for the elderly, practical issues surrounding the death itself, and probate.
In addition to providing choices for managing resources, it also details the tools that can be implemented, such as advance directives, wills, and trusts. The book informs the reader about the Texas elder rights and protections under both state and federal law. There is an appendix with helpful forms and sample documents.
Vaughn E. James is the Judge Robert H. Bean Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, and an Adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. He teaches – or has taught – various courses including Elder Law, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Federal Income Taxation, Gratuitous Transfers, International Taxation, Law and Religion, and Wills and Trusts. He practices law in New York and Texas, and before the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the United States Tax Court.
An avid believer in the notion Equal Justice for All, Professor James has been a member of the Texas State Bar Pro Bono College for several years. His other books include The Alzheimer’s Advisor: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dealing with the Tough Legal and Ethical Issues (Amacom Books, 2008) and Current Conflicts in Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (Vandeplas Publishing, 2015).