July 2017 Archives

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."

VA in Waco Denied 92% of Gulf War Illness Claims

"Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. GAO report....Nationally, the VA denied 87 percent of Gulf War illness related claims in 2015, the most recent year data was available, a denial rate that has increased over the past five years. For all other claims, the VA denied disability claims at a rate of 43 percent."  If you have been denied VA Disability Benefits and need representation on a VA Appeal, contact VA Accredited Attorney Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau at 254-699-9999 or [email protected]

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