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Legal BriefsDoes Your Elderly Father Have a New Girlfriend? Look Out!IBy Kathleen Cassidy Goodman, PLLCt is not unusual for married couples in their seventies and eighties to be married for fifty years or more. Thelast thing the adult children of these long- standing relationships expect after their mother dies is their father getting a new “girlfriend”. Occasionally, women with long- standing marriages bring a new man into the picture after their husband’s death, but it is rare.When the adult children find out about the new woman in their father’s life, they initially may experience disbelief. With busy lives themselves, the adult children may begin to accept their mother’s replacement. As time passes, they may appreciate the fact that they no longer need to visit their father as often and do not have to worry about him being lonely. However, when the woman moves in with their father, the relationship may have unexpected consequences for not just their father, but for his assets - specifically the family home.For most people, the family home is their largest asset. Married couples work hard their whole lives to pay the mortgage off. It is their intention that their home will be distributed to their children when they pass away. They have prepared their Wills directing that upon the death of bothSoup - continued from page 9throat.• Nutrient-dense: Most soups are loaded with vegetables, beans and other healthy ingredients. They provide many of the vitamins and minerals the body needs, and may even help replenish nutrients that have been depleted due to illness.• Sodium content: Sodium is an essential mineral the body needs. Proactive Health Labs says soup regulates body fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Sodium in moderation may be good when a person is feeling ill. In addition, sodium and other seasonings in soup can awaken• Se Habla Español• Most Insurance Accepted• We Honor Medicare• Compassionate Doctor& Staff12002 Bandera Rd Suite 111 Helotes, TX 78023Office: 210.695.9002Fax: 210.695.9044 www.HelotesMed.comparents, the proceeds from the home will be distributed in equal shares to their adult children. But, this may not happen if the father’s new “girlfriend” becomes his wife, either formally or by Texas common law.A couple can be legally married without a marriage license or having a marriage ceremony. Once established, a common law marriage has the same legal effect as a ceremonial marriage. Under Texas law, all the couple has to do is: agree to be married, live together as a couple, and hold themselves our to others as being married. If the couple is married, upon the father’s death, the adult children may be in for a big surprise: Texas law provides that the common law wife has the right to live in the house until she dies.Kathleen Cassidy Goodman is an attorney in areas of estate planning, probate, civil litigation, and business law. She can be reached at her office in Helotes at (210) 949-1000 or for more information, visit www.bexarlaw.comtaste buds that are dulled when sick with a cold. Salt also helps alleviate sore throat pain and can help clear nasal congestion.• Garlic infusion: Soups that contain garlic or garlic extract may reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms, according to a University of Florida study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition.Soup may be the best medicine when a person has a cold. Its many properties may help make soup as effective, or even more so, than some products at the pharmacy.Have Medicare questions?I have answers.I’m Samantha Chavarria, a licensed sales agent in Texas. When it comesto Medicare, it’s important to consider all of your options. What works wellfor your neighbor may not be the best fit for you. I know the ins and outs of Medicare, and I’m ready to answer your questions and help you find a plan that fits your needs. Take advantage of my knowledge and experience to:• Take the confusion out • Receive one-on-one serviceof Medicare• Get help comparing plans plan easierI look forward to helping you explore your Medicare options so you can enroll in a plan with confidence.It’s time to take advantage.• Make enrolling in aSamantha ChavarriaLicensed Sales Agent 210-787-0641, TTY 711 gsamantha134@gmail.comPlans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare. ©2021 United HealthCare Services, Inc. All rights reserved.Y0066_22SPRJ55189_C SPRJ55189What’s Its Current Value?• Insurance Appraisals• Appraised While You Wait & Watch • Fair Market Appraisals• Estate Appraisals• Over 35 Years of Jewelry ExperienceSchedule An Appointment!12274 Bandera Road, Ste. 236www.sanantoniojewelryappraisers.com210-316-8758February 11RegisteredGemologist Appraiser

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