Welcome to the May Issue of the
Texas Elder Law E-Letter


Our next free Estate Planning Essentials Workshop will be live on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. until noon. Registration can be made by calling us at (214) 720-0102 or signing up online at www.dallaselderlawyer.com.


Attendees often ask questions about estate planning, probate, Medicaid and Veterans benefits. We proceed to answer the questions over the course of the workshop (although there will be a presentation also).

Please note that Michael B. Cohen’s radio show on estate planning and elder law can be heard on KAAM (770 AM) on Mondays and Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Prior shows (topics are categorized) can be heard as podcasts on SoundCloud and as indicated on our website www.dallaselderlawyer.com. Our podcasts can also be heard on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Subscribe to be notified of future releases.


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Will Seniors Benefit From The Proposed Property Tax Relief? Someone Has To Pay


Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying “nothing is certain except death and taxes”.  However, who pays the taxes and how much is often a matter of political debate.  At the time of the writing of this article, our Texas House of Representatives and Senate are negotiating on the form of property tax relief that will be given to Texans.  This may not be limited to your homestead (which is usually the most valuable asset of many).  The House and Senate proposals are considering “buying down” property taxes that could benefit landlords (residential non-homestead property) and owners of business properties. 



Additional Steps For Probating A Copy Of A Lost Will In Texas

The process for court approval (probate) of an original will is generally not difficult in Texas presuming the will was properly drafted and that there was no contest to its validity. However, if the original of the signed will cannot be located, it is more problematic since it is presumed to have been destroyed.




“Great Balls Of Fire” – Jerry Lee Lewis’ Son Fumes As Cousins Evict Him From Dad’s Ranch


The late legendary rock & roll star Jerry Lee Lewis bought 2/3 of a 30-acre Mississippi ranch almost 50 years ago.  Not only did Jerry Lee Lewis live there until his death on October 28, 2022, so did his son, Jerry Lee Lewis, III (Lee) as well as Lee’s sons.  The swimming pool at the Lewis Ranch is shaped like a piano, and there is an image of a piano on the iron gate entrance to the ranch in deference to the rock & roll superstar’s musical talent.





Ethical Wills: Passing Your History, Experiences And Hopes From Generation To Generation – 30 Questions To Tell Your Story


Perhaps the most important will to be written is neither a last will and testament (which determines who is to receive your assets, when it is received and how it is received) nor a living will (an end-of-life directive describing whether you are to be kept alive or be allowed to die as gently as possible and any time or conditions if your condition is terminal or irreversible). An ethical will may be what is most important to your loved ones.


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