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TEXARKANA, Texas — Elder Law Attorneys at Ross & Shoalmire announce the fall launch of its Community Education Series at Texarkana College.

The first class is this evening.

The classes are geared toward important topics that individuals in the senior and disability community face every day.

"Educating yourself is the best asset protection," said Lisa Shoalmire, senior partner and elder law attorney at Ross & Shoalmire. "We see so many people act on bad information that puts them or their family in a bind. Our firm feels strongly about making sure reliable information is out there so we volunteer our time to educate the public on these topics."

The free Community Education Series will be hosted in the Levi Hall at Texarkana College, 2500 N. Robison Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration is required. To register for each class go to or online. Dates are as follows:

Sept 14:

Estate Planning — Diverting Disaster:

the 4Ds

Ben King, elder law attorney, speaks on how to divert disaster with debt, death, divorce, and disability. How can these 4Ds effect your estate planning?

Sept. 20:

Asset Protection, New Tax Laws: What does it mean for your assets?

John K Ross IV, elder law attorney, talks about the newest tax laws, how they can affect your assets, and how to protect those assets for future generations.

Sep. 27:

DNR/Advance Directive and Power of Attorney: What is the Difference?

Lisa Shoalmire speaks about the difference between DNR, Advance Directives, and Powers of Attorney. It is important to understand what these documents are.

Oct. 12:

Estate Planning for Rental Property Investments

Are your rental investments protected in the event of accident or death? Ben King explains what it all means and how to protect yourself and your investments.

Oct. 18:

Asset Protection for Special Needs Trust and ABLE Accounts — Tools for Disabled Beneficiaries

Lisa Shoalmire speaks about Special Needs Trust and Asset Protection. Learn how to help protect your disabled family members and those with special needs.

Oct. 25:

Estate Planning: Wills vs Trusts

What is the difference between a will and a trust? John K Ross IV speaks about the differences and how to make the right decision for you and your family.

Nov. 8:

Long Term Medicaid — Myth vs Fact

What will happen to your house, car, and other assets if you need to move into a long-term care facility? Lisa Shoalmire explains long term Medicaid planning.

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