Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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Revised Medicaid Rules For Nursing Home Benefits
August 12, 2022

There have been changes to two key numbers Florida uses when assessing an applicant’s eligibility for Medicaid nursing home benefits. These changes went into effect July 1, 2022. Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance The income of an applicant’s spouse is…

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The Battle Over Notorious Killer Charles Manson’s Estate: Lessons For The Rest Of Us
August 10, 2022

It’s shocking, it’s macabre, but it’s true: The estate of evil serial killer Charles Manson is worth a fortune. And there’s a legal battle over who inherits it. Yes, Manson left behind assets when he died. He passed away at…

Don’t Let Outdated Beneficiary Designations Spoil Your Estate Plan
August 7, 2022

If you own an asset for which you have named a legitimate death beneficiary, the asset will not go to probate when you pass on.  Your beneficiary will avoid the court and any additional hassles and expenses that go with…

Joe and Jon Karp on “Oh My God I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom”
July 22, 2022

Oh My God I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom on July 18 featured Joseph Karp and Jonathan Karp. The father-son lawyer duo had a lively discussion with host Scott Greenberg about some intriguing topics: why some people are…

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Great News For Those Who Missed the Portability Filing Deadline
July 20, 2022

Great news for those who missed the deadline to file for portability: Uncle Sam is giving you a second chance. Portability allows a surviving spouse to claim for his/her own estate any unused portion of the deceased spouse’s unified estate…

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2023 Social Security COLA Likely To Increase Dramatically (But Still Not Enough)
July 16, 2022

Seniors, like everyone, are feeling the pinch. Inflation is rampant, with higher prices spurred on by a multitude of factors including Covid, the Ukraine conflict, supply chain bottlenecks, and probably a good amount of profiteering, too. And it’s not just…

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Mom Wants To Change Her Will
July 12, 2022

To rule out undue influence and observe an estate planning client’s mental capacity, our attorneys always speak to a client alone before allowing children or others to sit in on the consultation. This makes it unlikely that anyone could successfully…

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Joseph Karp, Jonathan Karp Named 2022 SuperLawyers!
June 26, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Attorney Joseph Karp has been named a 2022 Florida SuperLawyer, and Attorney Jonathan Karp has been named a 2022 Florida SuperLawyer “Rising Star.” Super Lawyers is part of Thompson Reuters and recognizes outstanding attorneys…

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Same-Sex Marriage Rights May Be Jeopardized With Roe Decision
June 26, 2022

Obergefell v. Hodges, decided by the Supreme Court in 2015, legitimized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The ruling conferred on same-sex couples all the same inheritance and decision-making rights that opposite-sex partners enjoy, also giving them the same protections…

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Medicaid Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance Increases
June 25, 2022

Florida Medicaid’s Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance, MMMNA for short, increases to $2,288.75 effective July 1, 2022 (up from $2,177.50). This is an important change if you or a loved one apply for Medicaid benefits for nursing home care in…


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