Helpful Links


CAVEAT EMPTOR:

We provide these links only as an informational service to our clients and have no control or influence over their content.  As always, beware of marketing gimmicks and inaccurate information:  We simply cannot vouch for the integrity of all nested links.


Estate Planning

The American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Public Education site provides answers to common questions about estate planning.

Charitable Choices is useful for persons contemplating a charitable gift.  The site contains the stories of many charities that have met the Combined Federal Campaign’s accountability standards, including low overhead.

This Texas Descent and Distribution chart helps explain what happens to your property if you die without a Will.

Understanding Donation at the Donate Life Texas website provides very helpful FAQs and other information about organ, eye and tissue donation.


Probate

The Maryland Registers of Wills is responsible for appointing Personal Representatives and for overseeing the proper and timely administration of estates, and provides very useful information at their site for Maryland residents.

“Texas Probate Passport” has been prepared to inform the public regarding what happens to their property when they die with or without a will, and how the probate process works.  A short excerpt from the same (long) work was published in the Texas Bar Journal’s Client Page.


Guardianship and Elder Law

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance website provides a variety of data and articles on long-term care.

The Harris County Guardianship Handbook is a useful reference for guardians and prospective guardians.

The Maryland Department of Aging is the focal point in Maryland for serving older persons and their families.

The Mental Health America of Greater Houston offers a number of online information and education resources from local/state or national organizations on issues specific to behavioral health.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services is the focal point in Texas for serving older persons and their families.

The Texas Guardianship Association is dedicated to educating professional, family, and volunteer guardians in the basics and practices of guardianship and has lots of information about guardianship in Texas.


Litigation Links

How to Sue in Justice Court is a PDF “pamphlet” describing how to bring a case in what used to be called small claims court.  We’d rather you hire us, but sometimes DIY is appropriate.


Useful Tax and Financial Sites

Bankrate.Com provides lots of information on various interest rates (CDs, money-market funds, mortgages, etc.).

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College provides a wide range of studies, articles, and data on retirement topics.

We’re not interested in gold, but found Gold Price very entertaining. Provides a wide range of charts, quotes, dealers, and links to other information that you might enjoy.

The IRS website provides helpful information and forms you might need.

The Maryland College Savings Plans are affordable and smart ways to save for your child’s higher education available to all U.S. residents at nearly any college in the nation.  Also, they’re the only 529 plans that offer a Maryland State income deduction for Maryland taxpayers.

MortgageLoan.com provides news & advice, loan calculators, etc.  You can compare refinance & mortgage rates for different home types and credit profiles.

SavingforCollege.Com helps individuals and professional advisers better understand how to meet the challenge of paying higher education costs.

Texas 529 College Savings Plans are affordable and smart ways to save for your child’s higher education available to all U.S. residents at nearly any college in the nation.