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Elder Law Handbook

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The Tarrant County Bar Association has prepared the Elder Law Handbook to provide citizens of Tarrant County and the surrounding communities with information about issues commonly faced by an aging population. Much of the information contained in this Handbook is applicable to the general population as well as to senior citizens.

At this time, hard copies of the Elder Law Handbook are not available, but will be available later in the year.

Download the latest edition of the Elder Law Handbook here.

The Tarrant County Bar Association has prepared this Handbook to provide citizens of Tarrant County and the surrounding communities with information about issues commonly faced by an aging population. Much of the information contained in this Handbook is applicable to the general population as well as to senior citizens. This Handbook is based on Texas State Law and Federal Law (where applicable) and is meant to inform, not to recommend. This is a general summary of the laws as they existed as of the ninth edition (Spring 2020), but there may be changes to the laws by the time you read this. Moreover, to be useful as a summary, the Handbook necessarily omits certain details, which may be relevant to your situation. Situations also differ, sometimes subtly, and what is appropriate for one person or family may not be appropriate for another. You should seek the advice of an attorney about your particular situation. This Handbook is not intended as a substitute for sound legal advice.

We hope this Handbook will provide you with helpful information about the law and about resources for services and support organizations in the community. The Tarrant County Bar Association provides other services that may also be of use to you, including a Lawyer Referral & Information Service, LegalLine for brief legal advice, and the People’s Law School where you can learn more about a variety of legal topics.

The Elder Law Committee of the Tarrant County Bar also provides speakers to organizations regarding general elder law legal issues, including wills and estate planning, probate, and guardianships. If interested in having one of our committee members speak to your organization, email tcba@tarrantbar.org with your request or any questions about this service. Advance notice is helpful.

This version of the Handbook was revised by the 2019-2020 Elder Law Committee of the Tarrant County Bar Association. The Association gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the committee: Lori Varnell, Chair; and contributing Committee Members William Catterton, Karen Telschow Johnson, Kathy Kelly, Charles Kennedy, Katherine Kim, Thomas Mastin, Kathy Roux, Elaine Ryan, and Cary Schroeder. The Committee thanks Megan Cooley and the Tarrant County Bar Association staff for their assistance in shepherding the Handbook through publication.

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