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Who Should You Name As Your Agent Under Your Durable Power of Attorney?

In general, your health care surrogate handles medical matters if you are not able to handle them yourself and your agent under your durable power of attorney handles your financial and other non ...
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October is National Special Needs Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) has designated October as National Special Needs Law Month. NAELA wanted to spotlight special needs law to help spread the word to ...
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The New Florida Medicaid Managed Care Program for Long-Term Care is Coming to Pinellas County

Florida Medicaid has changed the way it will deliver long-term care services to most of its participants. This is a statewide change that is being introduced around the state region by region. ...
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Estate Planning Should Include A Look At Long-Term Care Insurance

When people come in to talk about their estate plans, they expect to talk about what happens when they die. In fact, that is what motivates many of them think about putting together an estate plan in ...
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What Happens to Your House When You Apply for Florida Medicaid Long-Term Care Benefits?

Many times the first question that I hear when the conversation turns to applying for FL Medicaid long-term care benefits is “Am I going to lose my house if I apply for Medicaid?” ...
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There Is Not An Annual Gift Exclusion Under Florida Medicaid Rules

The annual gift tax exclusion allows an individual to give away up to $14,000 per year (2013 limit) to as many individuals as they choose and not incur any federal gift tax liability. Many times when ...
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Survivor's Grief; The Trauma of Being Alive

Mark Epstein wrote, in The New York Times August 4, 2013, about a comment from his mother as follows: “Talking with my 88-year-old mother, four and a half years after my father died from a brain ...
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What Are the Costs of Long-Term Care Services In Your Community?

Wondering what the costs for long-term care services are in your community? The 2013 Genworth Cost of Care Survey (“Cost of Care Survey”) can give you an idea. The Cost of Care Survey lets ...
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Do I Need Both a Designation of Health Care Surrogate and a HIPAA Release?

A Designation of Health Care Surrogate is the document that lets you name the person who will speak for you and make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. A HIPAA release is ...
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What Makes a Durable Power of Attorney Different Than a Power of Attorney?

I had a client ask me the other day what makes a durable power of attorney different than a power of attorney. A power of attorney is used when one person (the principal) wants to give authority to ...
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Naming Your Children As Beneficiaries In Your Will Is Just Step One

For instance, let’s say that you have three children and you want to name them all as equal beneficiaries under your will. What do you want to happen if one of your children predeceases you? (I ...
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Advance End of Life Instructions Become A Road Map For Your Family

Whenever we help a client prepare a Living Will (what are their thoughts about being kept alive artificially) or a Designation of Health Care Surrogate (who will make medical decisions for them if ...
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Is a Simple Will Really the Answer?

I have had many people tell me they only need a simple will. They feel that they don’t own very much and when they die, they just want what they own to go to their spouse and/or their children. ...
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Florida Probate Basics: Avoiding Probate Is Not Always the Right Answer

Many times people will come into my office and tell me that they heard that they need to have a trust because they have to avoid probate. Probate has gotten a bad reputation, but going through probate ...
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Aid and Attendance May Help Wartime Veterans and Their Surviving Spouses Cope With the Cost of Long-Term Care

As we celebrate Memorial Day, it is a good time to once again let all wartime veterans and their surviving spouses know that a benefit is available through the Veterans Administration to help them ...
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Estate Planning and Beneficiary Designations

When you put things like life insurance policies, IRA accounts, annuities and 401(k) accounts in place, you are asked if you would like to name a beneficiary. You can also put a beneficiary in place ...
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Estate Planning For Singles - Your Pets

If you are single you may not have children, but you most likely have one or more pets that you cherish like family. What would happen to your beloved pet if you unexpectedly died or became ...
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Why Your Florida Durable Power of Attorney Should Be Updated Regularly

Many times I have people come into my office having taken the proactive step of putting a durable power of attorney in place as part of their incapacity planning. However, having put it in place, they ...
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Florida Probate Basics - What Assets Go Through Probate

The assets we own usually fall into one of three categories. These categories are 1) assets you own that have a beneficiary designation, 2) assets that you own jointly with a right of survivorship ...
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Florida Probate Basics - Paying Creditors

The Personal Representative is responsible for gathering the assets of the decedent into the probate estate and safeguarding the assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries. However, before the assets ...
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Florida Probate Basics - The Personal Representative

The Personal Representative (known in other states as the Executor or Executrix) is the person responsible for carrying out the wishes the decedent expressed in his or her will. Usually, the Personal ...
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Florida Probate Basics - Part 1

Whenever the discussion turns to probate, I have noticed that there seem to be a lot of questions and misunderstandings surrounding what it is, how it works and if it is necessary. Over the next few ...
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Longer Life Expectancies Mean More Families Are Dealing With Dementia

What could be the down side to modern medicine finding more and more ways to help us live longer? The fact that living longer doesn’t always mean living better. For instance, the longer we live, ...
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Why Unmarried Couples in Committed Relationships Need Estate Planning

If you do not put your own plan in place for your incapacity or death, the state in which you live usually has a default plan in place for you. If you are a married couple, the default plan usually ...
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    Personalized Representation
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    More Information
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    Our firm exclusively handles elder law concerns so your family can obtain peace of mind.

    Meet Your Attorney
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