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This toolkit tells you about supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship. Disability Rights Texas created this toolkit, with resources from the Southern Disability Law Center and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.   
This toolkit tells you how to use and fill out a Medical Power of Attorney. FORMS ARE INCLUDED. This toolkit was developed by the Texas Legal Services Center.
This article provides information about advance directives such as Directives to Physicians, Medical Power of Attorneys, and more. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. 
This article provides information on area agencies on aging, and how to get help. The information is from the web site of Texas Health and Human Services.
This article contains information and answers about directives to physicians. These are different from a Medical Power of Attorney. This article was written by the Legal Hotline for Texans at the Texas Legal Services Center. 
This TexasLawHelp.org article highlights a handbook on Texas elder law. The Elder Law Handbook covers information such as powers of attorney, guardianship, Medicaid, wills, and more. It was written by the Houston Bar Association. 
This article is adapted from content created by the Houston Bar Association in its Elder Law Handbook (2016–2017 edition). It includes information on paying estate taxes and choosing beneficiaries.
This article provides information about estate planning in Texas. Estate planning means making a plan for how you want to divide your property after you die. Part of estate planning is deciding in advance who should be in charge of your medical and financial affairs if you are unable to make important decisions for yourself....
This article explains the ways health care can be used to benefit you, as a senior citizen. This article was written by the National Consumer Law Center. 
This article provides information on funeral rights and funeral goods and services. This article was adapted from material disseminated by the Federal Trade Commission.  
This article tells you about guardianship, what it is and the various rights and responsibilities related to it. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. 
This article tells you about ways to own property and plan for the future to minimize the need for probate. This article was written by the Legal Hotline for Texans at the Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article provides information on your rights as a cancer patient. This article was provided by the Texas Young Lawyers association.
This article tells you about representative payees, what they can and cannot do, and more. This article was written by Texas Legal Service Center's Legal Hotline for Texans. 
This article tells you information about dealing with and preparing for Medicaid Estate Recovery. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. 
This article provides information about Medical Powers of Attorney. Specifically, it discusses what a medical power of attorney is, what it can do, and more. This article was written by Texas Legal Service Center's Legal Hotline for Texans. 
This article contains answers to common questions about medical powers of attorney in Texas. This article was written by the Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article provides answers to common questions about Medicare and your mental health benefits. Specifically, it provides information on eligibility, outpatient and inpatient benefits, prescription drug coverage, where to get the help you need, and more. .This article was written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
This article provides information on how to choose a nursing home; your rights as a nursing home resident; and Medicare/Medicaid coverage. This information is from medicare.gov.
This article provides information about long-term care and long-term care insurance. This article is excerpted from material by the Texas Department of Insurance.