Houston Bar Association publishes updated Elder Law Handbook

The Houston Bar Association has completed the annual update of its 40-page Elder Law Handbook, which is now available at no charge to individuals and organizations.

The revised handbook features helpful information on numerous legal topics relevant to senior citizens and their families, including social security, Medicare and Medicaid, wills and probate, guardianship, burial provisions, banking, taxes, and homesteads. It also provides referrals to additional resources and phone numbers.

Electronic copies of the handbook—available in English, Spanish, and Chinese versions—can be downloaded for free via the HBA website at hba.org/services/legal-handbooks/. The HBA’s Family Law and Consumer Law handbooks also are available at the website.

Printed copies of the updated Elder Law Handbook are available at the Houston Bar Association’s office at 1111 Bagby Street, FLB Suite 200. Parties interested in receiving the handbook through the mail should call (713) 759-1133. Organizations seeking multiple copies can fax their request to the HBA at (713) 759-1710 or call (713) 759-1133.

Houston Bar event offers free wills, medical directives to low-income seniors

Elderly citizens who meet income guidelines can receive simple wills and basic medical directives at a free event sponsored by the Houston Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee.

To apply for assistance through the committee’s Will-A-Thon, senior citizens must call 713-228-0735 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by April 4 to complete a screening application over the phone, according to the Houston Bar. To qualify, applicants must be Harris County residents 60 years of age or older and meet the Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ low-income guidelines.


Those who qualify will receive an appointment to meet with a volunteer attorney on April 9 at the Third Ward Multi-Purpose Center, 3611 Ennis, Suite 118. The documents will be completed and executed on May 21 at the Third Ward Multi-Purpose Center.

The committee provides free legal services and advice to senior citizens in Harris County, as well as free handbooks on elder law.