Paul Premack
The Premack Law Office

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San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
Phone: 210-826-1122
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  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Four thngs you need to know about Lady Bird Deeds

A Lady Bird deed is an enhanced life estate arrangement. This legal document accomplishes many goals: 1) it transfers a remainder interest in real estate; 2) it allows the current owner to hold life estate in that real estate,…more
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False Affidavit does not permanently alter inheritance rights

When a person dies intestate, there are two factors that must be considered. First: what arrangements has that person made contractually for the disposition of their property? Second: what does Texas law say about passage of…more
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Three Reasons to Avoid Online Preparation of Legal Documents

Online Will preparation services like LegalZoom are tempting, but should be avoided unless they are offered directly by an attorney licensed in your state. Avoid any unlicensed online Will preparation services for these…more
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Who gets the house when mom dies? Many factors determine inheritance and future ownership of a home

Every inheritance situation is different. Sometimes property passes via a Will, sometimes through a Trust, sometimes via the intestacy laws, and sometimes by deed arrangements. Every family is different as well, so to provide an…more
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Stepmother refuses to relinquish house to deceased husband's heirs

Homestead occupancy is extended to surviving spouses under Texas law. When do the heirs (the property owners) get to claim possession?…more
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Court upholds (but Trump endangers) protections for retirement investors

In February 2015, then-President Obama sought to protect people who are saving for retirement. The US Department of Labor (DOL) proposed the Fiduciary Duty Rule to comply. The proposed Rule wound its way through the rule-making…more
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Medicaid Block Grants could hurt Seniors

Texas Governor Abbott has encouraged Washington to enact Block Grants. A Block Grant, in general, means that federal funds are sent to the states without guidelines as to how the program is to be run. The states would be allowed…more
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Is a Living Trust useful in Medicaid Planning?

As to Living Trusts: they are remarkably useful to help plan for a) financial management during a person or couple’s later years or disability, b) protection of frail elderly from scams, and c) avoiding probate. Living Trusts do…more
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Estate Taxes under President Trump

What proposals has candidate Trump made relating to estate taxes? Will any changes be a tax break for the mega-wealthy and a tax increase on those who are now exempt?…more
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Are Miller Trusts ethical?

Medicaid's monthly income limit, used to absolute. If you had a dollar of income beyond the limit there was no way to qualify for benefits. The courts and Congress changed the law to allow use of a Miller Trust (formally called…more
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How to follow or ignore Vatican guidance on cremation

It is true that the Vatican recently announced new doctrinal guidance regarding cremation, but it is very important to note that the guidance does not forbid cremation and is not legally binding, at least in Texas…more
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Deficiencies of a Handwritten Will

Texas law recognizes two types of Wills: holographic (that is, handwritten) and attested (that is, witnessed). For a holographic Will to be valid, it must be entirely in its maker’s handwriting, must be signed by its maker, and…more
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Guns and Estate Protection after Orlando murders

Can an estate be held liable for gun violence? I live in a nice neighborhood but was accused of pointing a gun at my neighbor as he stood in the street in front of my driveway and would not move. I only pointed my finger at him…more
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Use an image and likeness after person dies

Dear Mr. Premack: I was reading on NBC that when Muhammad Ali died last week, they expect that sales of merchandise with his image will increase. The article noted that he earned millions during his life by selling an 80% share…more
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Does a Lady Bird Deed supersede a Will?

A Lady Bird Deed is a property ownership arrangement under which two legal actions take place: 1) the property owner (grantor) retains life estate while granting to someone else (grantee) the remainder interest, and 2) the…more
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