Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

With No Health Agent Backup, Guardianship Looms For Beach Boys Creative Genius
March 21, 2024

Brian Wilson was the driving force behind the Beach Boys, the band that popularized surf music in the 1960s. The band created some of our most iconic pop songs: Little Surfer Girl, Surfin’ USA, California Girls, Good Vibrations, I Get…

Medicare Advantage Enrollees Will Get Speedier Pre-Authorization Decisions
March 11, 2024

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and have ever sought pre-authorization for a recommended medical procedure, you know the pre-authorization process can be time-consuming and too often, unsuccessful. Intended to make sure medical procedures are truly necessary,…

Six Estate Planning Steps If You Have Minor Children
March 5, 2024

Every adult with people and assets to protect needs a plan to protect loved ones in the event of incapacity or death. And what better example of a person with people to protect than the parent of a minor child?…

Attorney Honors Clients’ Final Wishes With Donation To Animal Charity
February 24, 2024

The Karp Law Firm handles Probate and Trust Administration. Last year, three of our dear, longtime clients passed on. All were animal lovers who had named Attorney Joseph Karp as their trustee and personal representative. They instructed him to use…

How To Find A Deceased Loved One’s Insurance Policy
February 18, 2024

Every year, millions of dollars of life insurance proceeds go unclaimed because beneficiaries do not realize that a policy exists, or if they do, do not know how to find it. Lost policies are more common than you might think….

Social Security Not Taxed If New Bill Passes
February 11, 2024

The April 15 income tax deadline approaches. If you are a Social Security recipient who has additional sources of income, you will pay federal income tax on a portion of your Social Security benefits. Of the 66 million Americans who…

Jay Leno Seeks Guardianship Over Incapacitated Wife
February 5, 2024

Jay Leno, former host of The Tonight Show, has filed a petition for conservatorship in California (similar to Florida guardianship) over his wife’s estate. Leno, 73 and his wife, Mavis, 77, met at the Comedy Club in the late 1970s….

Five Reasons You Might Want to Disclaim An Inheritance
January 21, 2024

The legal term for rejecting a bequest is disclaiming.  When you disclaim a bequest from an estate, you are effectively saying: Treat me as if I had predeceased the person who died and left me the inheritance. Then distribute the…

Jonathan Karp, Adele Harris at speaking engagements
January 18, 2024

Our lawyers had the pleasure of speaking to a number of organizations in January. Upcoming event: Attorney Joseph Karp will be the featured speaker at the Robert Welstein Quest for Knowledge seminar on Monday, February 5 from 10:30 am to…

Florida Medicaid Rules For Income, Assets, Home Equity Change in 2024
January 14, 2024

Florida’s Medicaid eligibility rules change frequently. Our attorneys stay on top of all changes, so you can be sure you will always get the most up-to-date guidance from us. Consulting with our attorneys may enable you to retain a good…