The Van Alstyne Senior Center is hosting its second in a series of informational sessions for senior citizens, their family members, and anyone else interested this Saturday.
This session, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is being brought by attorney Tohnie Hynds, who will be discussing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and similar subjects. There is no charge to anyone who attends, and no need to pre-register.
Hynds graduated from Austin College, and got her law degree from Southern Methodist University in the mid-1970s. She co-founded the Sherman firm of Gordon-Hynds in 1991. Her field of law centers around real estate, probate and wills. She is such the expert, real estate agent Linda McConnell said that law firms across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex frequently ask for Hynds’ help when in need of an expert.
“I will be explaining ways to help make sure the people you want to have your assets after your death do so without encumbering difficulties,” Hynds said. “Some of these concern lifetime issues, some are medical in nature, such as a medical power of attorney and living wills.”
In some of these situations, if a person dies without medical provisions made, if you aren’t competent, the state of Texas can take over, she said. Hynds will talk about the advisability of having two separate powers of attorneys, and of naming separate people for those powers of attorney “depending on the strengths of each individual.”
She will explain in full the Lady Bird Deed, which gives the property owner all rights to property during his/her lifetime, including tax advantages, but which makes the transfer of the property smoother after the property owner’s demise.
“I may have some handouts,” Hynds said, but added she could not make a promise on that.
Participants may want to bring their own notepads and pens to the session. Hynds will also answer questions, and only asks that people wait until the end of each segment of the presentation before asking.
“Sometimes the question on a person’s mind will get answered this way,” Hynds said.
She has taken this week to comb through the approximately 800 new state laws just to see whether there are any significant changes that could affect these subjects, even though she had not yet been made aware of any in this bulk of new Texas laws.
“I am excited about this,” Hynds said with a smile. “I used to do it often for women’s clubs, but it’s been a while now since I have made such a presentation.”