Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Is It Safe For Your Elderly Relatives To Drive?
October 23, 2023

Many of us will visit aging aging parents or other loved ones in Florida for the holidays. If you do not live nearby, this may be one of your few opportunities to assess first-hand how they are getting along and…

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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What To Look For When You Visit Your Senior Parents
November 18, 2021

Many of us will visit our aging parents this holiday season, perhaps for the first time in a long while. The visit can be an opportunity to evaluate how your folks are doing, and determine if they need or want…

Medicaid Personal Services Contract
Personal Services Contract Can Help You Qualify For Medicaid Nursing Home Benefits, Preserve Assets
September 7, 2021

    It is a common misconception that you cannot get Medicaid benefits for long-term nursing care until you “spend” down” your nest egg. Depending on your specific circumstances, there are a variety of legal tools that can be employed…

Renown Dementia Expert Coming To Florida
Renown Dementia Expert Coming To Florida
March 9, 2020

Dementia care expert Teepa Snow is making several presentations in our area this month. An occupational therapist with over 40 years of experience, Ms. Snow helps families and professionals understand how it feels to live with a neurodegenerative disorder. Her…

With A Do It Yourself Will, They Almost Got Away With Disinheriting a Rightful Beneficiary
With A Do It Yourself Will, They Almost Got Away With Disinheriting a Rightful Beneficiary
December 24, 2019

Online web sites that allow the creation of do-it-yourself estate planning documents have some serious downsides. Among them: making it easier for people with nefarious motives to create fraudulent documents. From Arkansas comes an interesting case that illustrates the danger….

Stan Lee
Be Your Own Superhero: Protect Yourself From Financial Predators With a Predator Protection Trust
June 27, 2018

Spider Man. Ant Man. The Fantastic Four. The Hulk. These comic book superheroes sprang from Stan Lee’s imagination and made their creator a wealthy man. But at 95, the Marvel mogul’s own powers appear diminished, potentially putting him and his…

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What Can You Do If You’re Denied Visitation With An Incapacitated Loved One?
May 7, 2018

Recent news is replete with stories about spouses, guardians and caregivers accused of turning away family members who want to visit an incapacitated loved one. These stories have made headlines because they involve celebrities. Among them were disc jockey Casey…

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How NOT to sign a nursing home admissions agreement
December 20, 2016

A recent Florida Supreme Court ruling underscores the importance of having a valid power of attorney, as well as the importance of being careful when signing a nursing home agreement for a loved one. Juan Mendez Sr. was admitted to…

Senior Couple in China
Better visit your aging parents if you live in China. (It’s a good idea here, too)
April 19, 2016

China has a long history of respect for the elderly. An adult child who fails to care for his parents violates a key teaching of Confuciansim. And soon, inattentive children may face more than moral reprobation: their credit scores may…