Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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…

How To Get Your Tangible Personal Property Appraised
December 30, 2023

Many of us own tangible personal property that we want to leave to certain people. These items run the gamut. It can be jewelry, art, antiques, china. It can consist of collections of various sorts: baseball cards, stamps, coins, etc….

This Estate Battle Began 66 Million Years Ago
December 11, 2023

Four siblings are currently fighting over their mother’s estate. That is not an unusual occurrence. But unlike other estate battles, this one started a long, long time ago. In fact, sixty-six million years ago. On August 12, 1990, fossil hunter…

Elder Law Attorneys Joe Karp and Jon Karp Discuss Advance Directives
November 25, 2023

Most people understand that an estate plan protects loved ones who they leave behind.  On this broadcast, the topic was different: how planning protects loved ones when you are alive and incapacitated.  Father-and-son elder law/estate planning attorneys Joseph Karp and…

An Intestate Estate Mystery
November 9, 2023

The elderly Joseph Stancak was always a mystery to his neighbors. He lived in a run-down home in the Gage Park section of Chicago, keeping to himself. The neighbors knew that he was not a big spender, or perhaps he…

Whom Should You Name As Your Personal Representative?
August 18, 2023

Your Personal Representative is the person you select to administer your probate estate after you pass on. Often referred to as an “executor” in states other than Florida, a Personal Representative must be named in your Last Will & Testament….

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Aretha Franklin’s Two Wills: Which One Deserves “Respect”?
July 16, 2023

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died in 2018 at age 76 . To the world, the “Respect” singer left a remarkable musical legacy. To her sons, she left a painful legal conflict that dragged on for nearly five years.  …

Estate Planning When Your Heir Has A Drug Addiction
July 5, 2023

If you have a child, grandchild or other loved one who is suffering from a substance abuse problem, your situation is far from rare. Over 20 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or illicit or prescription drugs. Many others have…

How To Keep Medicaid Benefits Flowing to a Nursing Home Resident If The Well Spouse Dies First
June 27, 2023

It is a common assumption that an incapacitated person receiving long-term nursing care will pass away before his/her well spouse does. However, statistics show that is not necessarily the case, particularly when you consider that many “well” spouses are left…