Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Estate Challenges: Learning from Neil Rogers
April 10, 2011

South Florida radio personality Neil Rogers died Dec. 24 at the age of 68. You either loved him or hated him. He had no close family, but left behind legions of bereaved fans. And he left behind something else: Two contradictory Wills. The…

No Florida Will? Does Florida Have a Plan For You!
April 1, 2011

It’s said only death and taxes are certain. Most of us give taxes the necessary attention (especially this time of year). But when it comes to that other certainty, we tend to stick our heads in the sand. A March…

Another Madoff Mistake: An Out-of-Date Estate Plan
January 24, 2011

Looks like Bernie Madoff’s youngest son Mark didn’t do what we always recommend our estate planning clients do:  Review his estate plan whenever there’s a substantial change in financial or family circumstances. And what changes there were in the Madoff family circumstances…

How a Pooled Trust can help your disabled loved one
October 29, 2010

If you have a loved one with a disability and wish to provide for the individual without jeopardizing his/her access to vital government benefits – Medicaid or SSI, for example – you could set up an individual Special Needs Trust….

Ambiguity turns estate plans into a mess
October 18, 2010

You can learn a lot about estate planning from celebrities. Even if you’re not into Hollywood gossip or have millions yourself, it’s undeniable that the mistakes of the rich and famous can help us learn what to do… and what…

Pet trusts provide peace of mind
June 18, 2010

The late Gail Posner bequeathed $11 million to her beloved chihuahua, Conchita. Her son got a relatively paltry $1 million. As you can guess, he is now suing his mother’s estate, claiming that she was pressured by her staff to change…

When The Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s: Legal Steps to Take
June 16, 2010

Karp Law Firm attorneys and staff attended the Alzheimer’s Educational Conference June 3-4 in Palm Beach. We talked with many caregivers, policymakers and professionals. The Palm Beach County Convention Center was filled to capacity for the event — which gives…