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May 6, 2020

UPDATE: June 29. 2020:  Our plans to re-open our physical offices have been postponed due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Please check back at this website, where we will announce the new re-opening date.   The Karp Law…

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Homestead Exemption Deadline is March 1
January 28, 2020

The deadline for Florida homeowners to apply for homestead exemption on their primary residence is March 1, 2020. The exemption can reduce the assessed value of your primary residence by as much as $50,000. There are also additional exemptions for…

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Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
October 30, 2019

To help families make informed decisions when placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintains a “Nursing Home Compare” web site. This is a searchable database of skilled nursing facilities nationwide. It…

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2020 Social Security Benefits Increase
October 11, 2019

Americans collecting Social Security benefits are slated to receive a cost of living increase in 2020. Benefits will increase by 1.6%. The average retiree’s monthly benefit will increase about $24, from $1,473 to to $1,503. Also, the Social Security tax…

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Blue Water Vets Still Waiting For Benefits
September 22, 2019

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act became law  on June 25, 2019, making Blue Water veterans eligible for disability benefits related to Agent Orange exposure. For decades, veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam argued that, like those who served…

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Many Nursing Homes, ALF’s Still Need Permanent Generators
May 5, 2019

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you would be well – advised to find out the facility’s readiness for a power outage as we head into hurricane season. After Hurricane Irma struck in…

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401(k), IRA Contribution Limits Increase in 2019
401(k), IRA Contribution Limits Increase in 2019
December 29, 2018

Beginning in 2019, you will be able to save more in your retirement plans. 401(K) PLANS, 402(B) PLANS, AND MOST 457 PLANS If you are under 50 years old, the annual contribution cap is $19,000 (was $18,500). If you are…

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Retroactive Medicaid Coverage Reduced
December 24, 2018

In a significant development for Floridians seeking Medicaid long-term care benefts, the period during which retroactive benefits are available has been reduced. Beginning February 1, 2019 those qualifying for Medicaid long-term care benefits may receive benefits for a period of 30…

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New Medicaid Managed Care Plans Offered in Some Regions
New Medicaid Managed Care Plans Offered in Some Regions
November 22, 2018

If you or a loved one is receiving long-term care nursing home benefits, you may receive a notice from the Agency for Health Care Administration asking you to select a different Medicaid managed care plan. This is because the agency has renegotiated contracts…

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Long-Term Care Costs Increase Sharply
October 19, 2017

Genworth Financial has released its 2017 survey of long-term care costs. The picture is not encouraging. Although the cost of care has always been shockingly expensive, and increased annually without fail, the rate of increase seems to be picking up….

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