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Florida Durable Power of Attorney
Want Florida Medicaid Benefits For Nursing Home Costs? First You’ll Need The Right Power of Attorney
October 21, 2020

Every Florida adult needs a valid Durable Power of Attorney. This essential legal document gives one or more people – your “agents” – the authority to handle financial matters on your behalf. It provides you with important protections, one of…

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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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Family Fighting Over Former Attorney General's Childhood Home
Family Fighting Over Former Attorney General’s Childhood Home
January 10, 2020

You probably think that the estate plan of one of the nation’s most prominent legal authorities would be absolutely airtight. But you would be wrong. Janet Reno was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Clinton, the first woman to serve…

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Living Trust: The Basics
July 2, 2017

The living trust, also known as the intervivos trust or revocable trust, is a useful and popular estate planning tool in Florida, and rightly so. Here are some of the key advantages of this versatile legal instrument. And also, some…

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myths and facts
Florida Medicaid Myths
November 8, 2016

In Florida, the average annual cost of a private room at a long-term nursing facility now hovers upwards of $90,000 annually, with a semi-private room around $83,000. With the oldest Baby Boomers turning 70 and the escalating incidence of chronic…

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Sad Elderly Woman
Beyond the Power of Attorney: Protect yourself from yourself with a pre-need guardian
September 1, 2016

“Gloria” came to my office, convinced her 82-year-old mother was “losing it” after visiting her the previous week. Her mother had always been a fastidious homemaker, but now dirty dishes were piled up and enough trash was on the floor…

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Is your durable power of attorney powerless?
July 22, 2016

It is important to have a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). This key legal document allows you to name someone other than yourself to handle your financial affairs.  If you become incapacitated, having a DPOA can make the difference between…

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Today’s Realities
June 14, 2016

An online search for “Alzheimer’s Disease” yields countless articles: New reports appear daily about recently discovered biomarkers, diagnostic tests, possible treatments, new medications, the latest research into potential cures. We are learning more all the time. But despite research efforts,…

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Newlyweds, tend to these important plans
May 31, 2016

At this time of year, thousands of eager couples, young and perhaps not-so-young, are busy with preparations for a June wedding. Guest lists, flowers and bridesmaids’ dresses take center stage right now. But after the honeymoon, newly married couples should…

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Martin Zelman
Can someone with dementia sue for divorce? Palm Beach County Court says no
January 6, 2016

Estate planning is as much about planning for life’s curve balls as it is about what happens when you are gone. A recent Florida case demonstrates how failing to anticipate those curve balls can plunge a family into chaos.The key…

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