Posted by : October 9, 2014| On :
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Gun Barrel City Attorney Jeff Irion spoke to Rotary Club members Oct. 2 at the Cedar Creek Country Club about things to consider when creating a will.
“Wills are a good thing to have because whomever you are leaving behind does not need the burden of trying to figure it out,” Irion said.
If everything a person owns is community property, the spouse will automatically get everything. But a will written by an attorney is simpler and is not dependent on a court’s approval.
Handwritten and oral deathbed declarations can be done but may not be accepted in Texas.
“It is better than nothing,” Irion said.
Irion cautioned to be careful when a previous marriage or kids from previous marriage are being taken into account. “If you have more children after making a will, you can have your will revised,” Irion said.
A power of attorney may be appointed so you have a say on who will be your guardian in the event you need in-home care or to be placed in a nursing home.
“You can specify who can and cannot care for you,” Irion said.
Estate probates were also addressed as they can simplify many aspects of probate. Most joint bank accounts have rights of survivorship and are not part of probate estate.
“There is no normal when it comes to wills,” Irion said. Some people give everything to their kids and some people leave everything to charities. It is important you feel comfortable with your decision and everything is transparent,” Irion said.
A person can also add a trust for children or young adults to protect against frivilous spending.
“Trusts can be made for those not mature enough to make good decisions,” Irion said.
“Trusts can be made for adults up to to 25 years old. The trustee can disburse the money over a period of time or withhold all of it,” he added.
“Most people want to maintain control of their home until they die but this can become a problem when dealing with Medicaid,” Irion said.
Medicaid allows a person to have $2,100 a month coming in for nursing care. Anything over that, a person may be disqualified. If a person sells their house, the government will disavow it.
“Be careful when proceeding with elderly care. Chart out what to do with your parent’s estate. Make use of all the information available on the Internet or with an attorney,” Irion said.
“If you bring in $3,500, the extra money will be put in trust and paid to the nursing home. The patient will be given a stipend. When the person dies, you will have to reimburse the state for the care,” Irion said.
“Go into this with your eyes open. There are significant fines for doing something wrong,” Irion said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• the Klothes for Kids event is Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 22-23, at Walmart.
Posted by : October 5, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
PINNACLE CLUB–Pinnacle Women’s Club (PWC) members held their final meeting to review assignments for the upcoming Annual Garage Sale.
The PWC Garage Sale is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Mabank Pavilion.
Co-chairs Rebecca Brisendine and Sheri Green reviewed each department’s schedule including Home Décor, Ladies Boutique and Accessories, Ladies and Men’s Garments, Kid’s Room, Housewares, Library, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Holiday Décor and Crafts, Linens, Shoes, Parking Lot and Break-room.
Proceeds from the sale will be donated to local charities and non-profit organizations.
Posted by : September 28, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
ENNIS–Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter members James Patak and Chris Cooke spoke to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) at the Grand Ennis Buffet Sept. 9. Patak is also a NARFE member.
He and Cooke discussed the 30-acre Texas Master Naturalist project, Kachina Prairie, located on the North East side of Lake Clark in Ennis.
Kachina Prairie is a rare, undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie ecoregion and a southern extension of the North American tall grass prairie which once covered 170 million acres in North America.
The land is part of a parcel bought by Captain Mark Latimer in 1873.
It was designated as a city park in 1966, dedicated as a wild flower preserve in 1971 and deeded to the Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) in 1985.
The TLC and Ellis County Nature Society, oversee the tract under a written management plan. The City of Ennis pays any expenses.
The Texas Master Naturalist project, with support from the Texas Ag Extension and Parks and Wildlife Dept., uses trained volunteers to restore, preserve and maintain nature parks and conduct public education.
Controlled burns are used to maintain a healthy, diverse plant life and prevent woody invasives and non-native plants.
Plans for an information kiosk, bird blind and bird houses, insect boxes, trail markers, benches, an observation deck, and interpretive panels on historic plant and wildlife are being finalized.
Also underway is a plan to procure a full size statue of an American bison which roamed the Great Plains.
To make contributions to the Bring Back the Bison Campaign, send donations to Indian Trail Master Naturalist, 701 S. IH-35, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
NARFE Chapter 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and the adjacent parts of the surrounding counties.
Membership is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity.
For more information, call the Corsicana office at (903) 874-3092.