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Elder Law Handbook (Houston Bar Association)

Elder Law Handbook overview

The Houston Bar Association's Elder Law Handbook contains Harris County-specific resources, plus general material about Texas elder law.

This handbook helps senior citizens and their families learn about issues facing seniors. Older adults should know their legal rights and how to enforce those rights. The handbook is in a question-and-answer format, divided into elder law topics. All elder law issues cannot be addressed in one handbook. But it may give you an overview of your rights and remedies.

This handbook is based on Texas law and is meant to inform you, not advise you. This is a general summary of the laws (as of September 2016). Exceptions may exist. Talk to a lawyer about your situation.

Elder Law Handbook table of contents

To help you navigate the Elder Law Handbook, TexasLawHelp.org has included its table of contents.

  • Foreword
    • Page 2
  • Social Security
    • Page 3
  • Medicare and Medicaid
    • Page 5
  • Residential Services and Placement .
    • Page 8
  • Subsidized Housing
    • Page 10
  • Wills
    • Page 11
  • Bank Accounts and Safe Deposit Boxes
    • Page 13
  • Estate and Gift Tax Issues
    • Page 15
  • IRAs
    • Page 18
  • Trusts
    • Page 20
  • Planning for Incapacity
    • Page 22
  • Guardianship
    • Page 24
  • Mental Health Commitments
    • Page 26
  • Probate and Estate Administration
    • Page 28
  • Burial Provisions
    • Page 31
  • Homesteads
    • Page 33
  • Driver’s License
    • Page 35
  • Losing A Loved One
    • Page 38
  • Elder Abuse
    • Page 39
  • Resource and Referral Numbers
    • Page 40