Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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Sons Remember Fathers Taken By Alzheimer’s
September 24, 2020

With our attention focused on COVID 19, we remain mindful that another plague continues to stalk us. Alzheimer’s Disease currently afflicts over 5 million Americans age 65 and up.  Many of our clients and their families are among them, and…

University graduate – at age 96
September 16, 2020

Age? Just a number for Giuseppe Paterno. On July 29, he became the oldest person ever to graduate college in Italy, reports Reuters. Paterno is 96. Born in Sicily in 1923 into humble circumstances, higher education wasn’t in the cards…

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How To Protect Yourself From Court-Ordered Guardianship, And How One Ward Fought Back
September 10, 2020

Our Florida elder law attorneys help people make plans not just for death, but for life. Among those important life plans is avoiding court-ordered guardianship. Nearly 1.5 million Americans are currently under guardianship, most over the age of 65. There…

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Florida Lifts Visitation Ban on Long-Term Care Facilities, But With Serious Restrictions
September 5, 2020

Under certain strict conditions, you may once again be able to visit your loved one who resides in a Florida nursing home or assisted living facility. Long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities were closed to most visitors beginning in…

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When You Kid Turns 18, He Needs These Legal Documents
August 30, 2020

Your child’s 18th birthday may seem like just another birthday on the road to adulthood. But legally speaking, it represents a massive change for him, and for you. Those 18 candles on the birthday cake mean you, the parent, are…

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Florida Seniors Get More Protection From Financial Exploitation Under New Law
August 27, 2020

Vulnerable seniors are getting more protection from financial exploitation, thanks to a new Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2020. The new law increases the ability of financial advisors to take action when they suspect their elderly…

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Financial Fraud: Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Home
August 25, 2020

Property fraud is a growing crime in Florida and elsewhere, the FBI reports. The crime is, essentially, “house stealing.” Here’s how it works:  A fraudster, using information about you gleaned from the internet or elsewhere, files a fraudulent deed or…

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V.A. Disability Agent Orange Benefits Considered for Vets With Parkinsons, Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism
August 20, 2020

Some Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange may be getting a step closer to collecting the benefits they have been seeking for decades. On July 22, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the “The Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans…

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Florida Nursing Homes Still Locked Down: When Can You Visit Your Loved One Again?
August 17, 2020

Our Florida elder law attorneys advise many families who have a loved one residing in a long-term care nursing facility. While the coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive and burdensome for everyone, it has created additional, brutal realities for these families….

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Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Lawyer Joseph Karp named 2020 Super Lawyer
July 31, 2020

Congratulations to our firm’s founder, Attorney Joseph S. Karp. Thomson Reuters has once again recognized Mr. Karp as a “Super Lawyer.” Super Lawyers are selected based on their expertise and contributions to their legal field, and the evaluations of their…


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