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Welcome to the February issue of the Texas Elder Law E-letter  

In addition to our usual monthly “Estate Planning Essentials” workshops (the next one is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.), we are pleased to announce bonus workshops to our maintenance members. Our first workshop will be held on February 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. featuring Carolyn Burgess of One America about the use of annuities and life insurance for long-term care coverage.

On March 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Christina Curtis of Piece by Piece Care Management, LLC shall be speaking on home care options for a loved one to stay at home as long as possible. To register for any of these three workshops, either call us at (214) 720-0102 or register online at www.dallaselderlawyer.com. Additional bonus workshops on a variety of topics will be held throughout the year.

 We are also having a rare Saturday workshop on “Estate Planning Essentials” on April 16 at 10:00 a.m.  You may call our officeat (214) 720-0102 to register or register online at www.dallaselderlawyer.com.

Also, if you wish to be a part of our walk team, "Michael's Marchers" (whether you walk or not), for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Association, you may also sign up for that on our website at www.dallaselderlawyer.com. The 2016 Alzheimer's Walk is scheduled for October 1, 2016.

Finally, if you want to ask Michael B. Cohen a question to be addressed on his radio show (every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on KAAM 770), there is now an icon to submit such question on our website www.dallaselderlawyer.com. We will try to address one question each week. Podcasts of the shows are also available on our website.



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