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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Elder Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: How do I find lawyers to sue local MLS and big RE agency, who demand fee from me to disparage my premier property?

Recent national class-action success against these providers is probative as admission but of no avail to my class or me individually, with unique and actual damages worth $350,000 plus treble that amount for DTPA violations.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 9, 2024

You should search in Justia for a lawyer in or near the county where your property is located with experience in real estate litigation and perhaps defamation cases depending upon what you mean by "disparaging" your property.

Unlike other types of cases--especially personal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Rights and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: How long is the statutes of limitation for Annunity checks?

I have 1099 forms from Nationwide about annunity checks that were supposed to have been sent to me however they had to be sent to Rockwell Automation first because of them being fiduciary. Rockwell Automation was to send them to me, one check was $43,000 dollars, and two for 15,000 dollars. However... View More

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answered on Apr 6, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you've experienced in receiving these annuity checks. The statute of limitations for cases like this can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the state in which you reside. In general, the statute of limitations for breach of contract... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: Can a company just completely keep every thing about late husband's Estate from from his Widow.

My late husbandit was killed suddenly in a horrible accident. My husbands sudden death the way he died devastated me for years. I feel as though everything have been hidden from me. I got no response from my letters or phone calls about my late husband's estate. realize it had been awhile... View More

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and the difficulties you've faced in dealing with his estate. It sounds like an incredibly challenging and painful situation.

To answer your question directly - no, a company cannot legally withhold all information about a...
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Q: As the Widow of my late husband who has the 52 utility Patents, should I have been told about the patents?

I have hesitated to to say that my late husband and I were in a interracial relationship. I am Black he was Cacausion, when the companies lawyer contact me about signing over the two Patents, do you think the company or their lawyer would have mentioned the other fifty patents to me or not. I found... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

I understand your concerns and the confusion you are experiencing. If your late husband held patents, as his widow, you typically would have legal rights to his assets, including patents, unless otherwise specified in his will or estate plan. The fact that you were only informed about two patents... View More

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Q: As the Widow of my late husband who has the 52 utility Patents, should I have been told about the patents?

I have hesitated to to say that my late husband and I were in a interracial relationship. I am Black he was Cacausion, when the companies lawyer contact me about signing over the two Patents, do you think the company or their lawyer would have mentioned the other fifty patents to me or not. I found... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 13, 2024

Your husband should have told you about the patents and, upon his death, when his estate was being probated, the personal representative of his estate should have told you about the patents if that person knew about them. Both your husband and the personal representative of his estate likely had... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: 1. How do I get visitation rights to see my 89 year old mother? One brother is preventing other family from seeing her.

My mother is 89 years old and has documented dementia since 2014. My father cared for her until his passing in Feb. 2023. One brother took approximately $300 - $400K out of bank accounts and opened a new bank account that has him and my mother both as signers. There is no way my mother would have... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 11, 2024

A person cannot simply declare themselves another person's legal guardian. It requires a determination of incompetency and court order.

A person cannot legally change a power of attorney signed by another person. The person making the power of attorney can do that by revoking a prior...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: As Power of Attorney for my mother, am I liable for charges for her stay in a nursing home?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 7, 2024

No. A power of attorney authorizes another person (the "attorney-in-fact") to act on behalf of the person signing the POA (the "principle") with respect to the matters identified in the POA.

While a POA might authorize you to write a check from your mother's bank...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Probate and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: I’m the POA and guardian of my grandfather and his estate. He sold it a month before death for 10 dollars. Is it legal?

I have been the POA and guardian for nearly 10 years. Right before his death other family members blocked my phone calls to him. I was not notified of his death and a month afterwards I found his obituary. When I went to the county records office I was notified he had sold his property a month... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 29, 2024

If you have been the guardian of your grandfather and his estate for that long, the court that appointed you 10 years ago must have determined that your grandfather was incapacitated and that a guardianship is necessary. Your grandfather's incapacity probably provides a valid basis to set... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Texas on
Q: A man intentionally and knowingly steals property From a elder man.

So a man knowingly and intentionally steals my father's property which he is an elder man. Wild story a man buys a propety next to my father's and for some reason he starts to build a 430,000 dollar home. he found out after he puts down the concrete allegedly than he continues to build... View More

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

I understand your concerns about the situation involving your father's property. If you believe that someone intentionally and knowingly stole your father's property or engaged in fraudulent activities, you should consider taking the following steps:

Contact Law Enforcement:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: Our family trusts, healthcare proxy, etc need update to address and daughter's last name. Codicils okay? Or rewrite all?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 13, 2023

While you can use a codicil to update your wills, it will make things easier and more clear for your heirs, trustees, proxies, and the court if you simply rewrite them how you want them to be now. Once you update them, collect all of the old ones and discard them.

I have actually had a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: Our family trusts, healthcare proxy, etc need update to address and daughter's last name. Codicils okay? Or rewrite all?
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answered on Nov 13, 2023

It sounds like daughter has changed her name. None of the documents you mentioned need to be mentioned solely for that reason. When the time comes she can easily prove she is the same person as the one named in those documents.

But if you have other changes then best to replace them all...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: I've been charged with a crime and the lawyer wants to talk to me should I speak with them with her without my lawyer

I have not been indicted I'm just charged and I want to know if I should speak with the detective about my case

Daniel Patrick Clancy
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answered on Aug 4, 2023

The simplest answer is, "absolutely not"! It would help to know more about your case. Where is it, what is the charge, and when did the offense allegedly occur? I might be able to offer a little more advice with the additional information, but it's never a good idea to meet with law... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: I've been charged with a crime and the lawyer wants to talk to me should I speak with them with her without my lawyer

I have not been indicted I'm just charged and I want to know if I should speak with the detective about my case

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
answered on Sep 3, 2023

Never speak with any police officer in a case where you're even merely a suspect or "a person of interest". Although your question is worded in a way that makes it largely unclear, what is clear is that you seem to be suffering from a very real misundertanding of your present... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: My mother recently passed away in New Boston Tx, I live in Ca. Do I need to be in Texas to probate her estate?

Also after she died, someone she knew took both of her vehicles and has refused to return them. I've called the police and they said I need a court order for them to retrieve them. How can I obtain one? Do I need to be in Texas to do so?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 25, 2023

You should hire a probate attorney in or near New Boston to probate your mother's estate. Since you reside out-of-state, you will need to designate someone in Texas as the registered agent for service on your behalf if you want to serve as the personal representative of her estate. Once you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Texas on
Q: I'm trying to change my beneficiary on my life insurance and I was told that I needed an attorney not notory
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 18, 2023

It would be highly unusual for you to require the services of an attorney to change the beneficiary on your life insurance policy. Most reputable insurance companies have their own form for a change of beneficiary. A customer service representative for your life insurance company ought to be able... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: My brother has taken mom to another county. She has slight dementia. How can I get her back. Welfare check NOT work.

My 2 brothers are colluding to sell mom's house from under her & take her money. They've taken her to nearby county. They lie to her & she doesn't realize what they're doing. How can I get her back to her own home? Police/welfare check NOT WORK.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 19, 2023

Go to where she is, pick her up, and give her a ride back to her house. Then either stay with her or hire someone to check on her daily to make sure she is able to properly care for herself in her own home.

Without her signature or her permission via a power of attorney, your two...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Texas - Medical Power Attorney The standard form has main agent and 2 more agents. Is OK and Legal to add 3rd agent?
Hunter Reed Sargent
Hunter Reed Sargent
answered on May 3, 2023

enerally acceptable to modify the form to include an additional agent, as long as the modifications are clear and consistent with the rest of the document. Keep in mind that it's essential to ensure that the additional agent is added in a manner that clearly outlines their role and authority,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Elder Law, Health Care Law and Estate Planning for Texas on
Q: My brother is in control of my trusts. Power of attorney over my bank account. How do I get rid of power of attorney?

He is angry at me and has denied me funds. Also has been able to get information from my health insurance company, Aetna. Found out his address is listed on my bank and insurance information to be sent to him.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 18, 2023

You have two issues.

First, you say your brother is in control of “your” trusts. I assume you do not mean that you are the settlor of certain trusts, but rather that you are the beneficiary of certain trusts and your brother is the trustee.

You can have your brother removed as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: How can I get out of enrolling in life insurance that I don't want after the initial payment has come out of my savings

I spoke with the financial planner about long term care insurance. When he called to tell me I had been approved and he got my bank info, he said the initial payment was $1650. I told him I couldn't afford that much per month, especially since I had not seen any details and had not agreed to... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 9, 2023

Run.

First of all, a financial advisor who is a fiduciary DOES NOT SELL YOU FINANCIAL PRODUCTS! He advises you what types of financial investments you ought to make, but never ever sells you products. He is only selling his expertise and advice.

Second, long term care insurance...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: Can a lawyer invoice you without a representation agreement?

My mom has a legal issue. She's not technically inclined. I found an attorney who might be able to help her and filled out the contact form on their website. The attorney responded back and asked me to explain the issue. Once I did, they said she should come in for a free consult. She met with... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 11, 2023

A lawyer is entitled to charge a reasonable fee for legal services performed at a person’s request.

Some lawyers agree to review documents sent to them via email before an initial consultation, and may even agree to perform some preliminary research. It sounds like this happened in this...
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