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Leigh Hiltion, Denton Estate Planning Lawyer
The Open House Was Really Fun
The open house was really fun. I feel blessed to have such wonderful clients and friends. There are pictures posted on Facebook if you want to see them. I found out that Martha Len Nelson's grandparents used to own this house. She said the layout was similar to how it is now.

We recently went on a ski trip with our church group. Right after I dropped Brad and Matthew off at ski school, I slipped on a patch of ice and fell hard on one hand. For a brief moment, I thought I had broken my wrist. You know that moment right after you fall where you hurt but you don't know how bad things are. Of course, I was perfectly fine, but I thought if I am hurt I am going to have to come up with a better story than this.

Read more about their ski trip on Leigh's blog.

Top 12 Estate Planning Mistakes – How to Detect and Avoid Them

#1 Failing to Address Health Care Decisions

The mistake is actually failing to address healthcare decisions before the need arises. For example, a lady came into my office and said, "My neighbor is in the hospital unconscious. We have lived next door to each other for 30 years and we are best friends. I went to the hospital and the doctors won't tell me what is happening with her. Her 'no-good' son who she hasn't seen in over 15 years is now in town, and that is who the doctors are allowing to make decisions for her. Is there a way for us to go to court and get me the right to make her medical decisions for her, because I know that is what she would want?" Unfortunately, my answer had to be that there was nothing we could do now, because her neighbor didn't have the proper documents in place.

#2 No Plan to Control Financial & Property Matters During Incapacity

Incapacity is harder to talk about than death, because we all know that we are going to die some day, but we won't all become incapacitated. I usually explain it as being similar to when we buy house insurance in case the house burns down. When we buy it, we don't imagine the house burning down and how we would feel about losing everything. When we plan for incapacity, it is just in case it happens and so we and our families will be protected if something happens.

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