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Understanding military disability and post traumatic stress

Most people who sign up to serve in the armed services understand that there is some risk involved. Any time someone works in an active conflict zone, there's risk for loss of limb or life. Even those who make it home whole in body may struggle with serious mental health issues following their discharge.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects a broad range of military personnel. From those who serve in conflict zones to those who provide medical support, the demands of the job can cause symptoms and issues that can persist for life. In many cases, PTSD will have a long-term or permanent impact on someone's ability to retain a civilian job in the future.

Rick Rousseau Interviewed by Channel 2 News Houston Regarding Shooter's Military Criminal History

Rick Rousseau was interviewed regarding the military criminal history of the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church.  To view the television video, click here.

Criss & Rousseau Law Firm Nominated Best Law Firm for Galveston.com's 2017 Best of the Island Awards

Thank you for nominating the Criss & Rousseau Law Firm in the category of the Best Law Firm for Galveston.com's 2017 Best of the Island Awards.  Voting will take place thru December 31, 2017.  See link below to vote for Best of the Island Awards.

Selecting an Executor in Your Will

Deciding on the executor is perhaps the most important decision in preparing a will. The executor is in effect the business administrator of your estate and has responsibility as well as legal and financial liability to beneficiaries and creditors of your estate. The named executors are responsible for settling the estate. When an executor settles an estate, the executor will hold assets until distribution, pay for funeral expenses and various debts, pay applicable taxes, and finally make sure that assets of the estate are distributed in accordance with the will. In choosing an executor, make sure he/she has the integrity to serve, knowledge of financial matters, a basic understanding of taxes, impartiality, and the availability for the time consuming job of being an executor of the estate. If you need assistance with the preparation of a will or any estate planning documents, contact the Criss & Rousseau Law Firm at 254-699-9999 or 409-515-6176, or [email protected].

Essential Planning Documents For Children As They Head to College

Until a child reaches the age of 18, a parent can access their children's medical records and to make decisions regarding medical care and treatment. Likewise, the financial affairs of children under 18 are in reality the financial affairs of the parent. When a child turns 18, they are an adult and legally entitled to their own privacy and legal right to make their own decisions regarding their finances, educational and medical information. In order to plan for the unexpected regarding your children when they become adults, it is important to consider planning documents to assist your children.  At least three important documents should be considered for your children when they turn 18:

Why You Need a Durable Power of Attorney

An increasing number of individuals face the onset of a degenerative disease, such as dementia or Alzheimer's that decrease their competency to function.  Not surprisingly, many individuals still delay getting a durable power of attorney. A power of attorney allows a designated agent the authority to execute specified transactions on your behalf in case of your incapacity. These transactions can vary from something as simple as paying bills to complex undertakings such as selling property or filing tax returns. A durable power of attorney can be effective upon signing and remains in effect though incapacity up to death. As long as you are competent, you may revoke this power of attorney at any time. If you need a durable power of attorney, or need to update, revise, or create your estate plan, contact the Criss & Rousseau Law Firm at 254-699-9999 or 409-515-6176, or [email protected]

Burn pits are the new 'Agent Orange'

"Veterans of the 1990 Gulf War and beyond call the open air burn pits of our Middle East wars their generation's version of Agent Orange, and they make no exaggeration. The VA listed 110,989 veterans and service members in its latest burn pits registry. "At this time," V.A. documents insist, "research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits." Just as the VA took years to acknowledge the lethal effects of Agent Orange, the V.A. is once again slow in assessing -- or admitting -- the long-term impact of the burn pits." If you have been denied VA Disability Benefits and need representation on an appeal, contact VA Accredited Attorney Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau at 254-699-9999 or [email protected] 

Susan Criss in "The Jury Speaks: Robert Durst" on the Oxygen Channel on Tuesday, July 25 at 8 PM

"In 2015, Manhattan real estate scion and heir to billions, Robert Durst was caught on tape professing, "I killed them all." Hear from the jurors who found Robert Durst not guilty of murder in 2003--even after he admitted to killing his neighbor Morris Black in self-defense and throwing his dismembered body parts in Galveston Bay. The new true crime series reexamines the trial of Robert Durst through the eyes of the people who served on the original jury. Find out the reasoning behind their verdict and how they would revote knowing what they do today."

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