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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….

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Panel Disucssion for Older Women, January 12
Panel Disucssion for Older Women, January 12
December 19, 2019

Hear Attorney Adele Harris of The Karp Law Firm and other panelists discuss issues of importance to older women at this January 12 event presented by the National Organization for Women.

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Reasons to Plan Your Estate, Even if You are Single and Don't Have Children
Reasons To Plan Your Estate, Even If You’re Single And Don’t Have Children
October 15, 2019

More and more Americans are living on their own. The 2018 U.S. census revealed that there 110.6 million unmarried people over the age of 18. Of them, 63% have never been married; 23% are divorced; 13% are widowed. Most live…

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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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Will the state take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits?
Will the state take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits?
September 27, 2019

Adele Small Harris Frequently I get the question, Is the state is going to take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits? The answer is no. Homestead property is protected under Florida law, even while you’re on Medicaid. Once…

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How can Probate Mediation help with family disputes over estates?
How can Probate Mediation help with family disputes over estates?
September 27, 2019

Joseph S. Karp I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Mediation for Probate is a very valuable tool. It helps people who are in disputes over an estate meet with a neutral mediator whose sole objective is to help…

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How Can Elder Law Mediation Assist in Handling Family Disputes?
How Can Elder Law Mediation Assist in Handling Family Disputes?
September 27, 2019

Joseph S. Karp As a Board-Certified Elder Law attorney, I’ve also become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, which has been very helpful in assisting families in Elder Law Mediation. Not only do people fight over their parents’ estates when…

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Why Have a Durable Power of Attorney?
Why Have a Durable Power of Attorney?
September 27, 2019

Joseph S. Karp There’s a common misconception that your spouse can handle your financial affairs for you if you are disabled or incapacitated. It’s a misconception. Your spouse can’t sign your name on a deed. Your spouse can’t access your…

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What is Probate?
What is Probate?
September 27, 2019

Adele S. Harris Probate is the court-ordered process whereby the court will oversee the identification and collection of the assets of the decedent. These assets will be utilized to pay creditors, and also to pay the beneficiaries in the end….

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What is a Medicaid Asset Trust and can it help me?
What is a Medicaid Asset Trust and can it help me?
September 27, 2019

Joseph S. Karp People come to us quite frequently when they’re well and they’re worried about long-term care costs, and they can’t afford to get long-term insurance. They want to know what can they do to protect their assets. One…

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