Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Caution: Vulnerable Homeowners Targeted By MV Realty
January 3, 2023

*Update: This story and Attorney Karp’s commentary was published in the Palm Beach Post 1/15/23. Read it here. Homeowners, Watch Out For This Scam By Attorney Joseph Karp Nationally Certified Elder Law Attorney Florida Bar Certified Elder Law Specialist  …

Who Do You Trust? Your Bank & Brokerage Want To Know
September 5, 2022

Who do you trust? Your brokerage, bank and other financial institutions want to know. When you open a new account, or update an account that was established before Feb. 5, 2018, they will ask you to provide the name of…

elder financial abuse
Florida Seniors Get More Protection From Financial Exploitation Under New Law
August 27, 2020

Vulnerable seniors are getting more protection from financial exploitation, thanks to a new Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2020. The new law increases the ability of financial advisors to take action when they suspect their elderly…

Florida home
Financial Fraud: Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Home
August 25, 2020

Property fraud is a growing crime in Florida and elsewhere, the FBI reports. The crime is, essentially, “house stealing.” Here’s how it works:  A fraudster, using information about you gleaned from the internet or elsewhere, files a fraudulent deed or…

How To Divide Your Assets Among Children- What's Really Fair?
How To Divide Your Assets Among Children: What’s Really “Fair”?
April 13, 2019

“That’s not fair!” What parent of youngsters hasn’t heard that countless times? It’s a complaint that doesn’t necessarily vanish when children are adults. In fact, depending on how they feel they’ve been treated in your estate plan, your kids may…

Buz Adlrin
Houston, We Have A Problem
July 3, 2018

Houston, we have a problem! Nearly 50 years after becoming the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is undertaking a more earthly mission: fighting guardianship proceedings  to stay in control of his own affairs. In May, two of…

Senior Abuse
New federal law addresses increasing incidence of elder abuse by court-appointed guardians
January 28, 2018

The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act became law in October, 2017. The result of rarely-seen bipartisan cooperation in Washington, the law seeks to stem the growing tide of elder abuse and fraud by court-appointed guardians, as well as curb…

Financial Abuse
Rule to curb senior financial exploitation coming in 2018
May 9, 2017

Older Americans are losing $2.9 billion to financial exploitation each year, according to a 2011 Met Life survey. That may be too conservative a figure, given the reluctance of victims to report the crime for reasons that include embarrassment over…

Veronica Beckham
Could your loved one be a victim of financial exploitation?
February 11, 2016

Did exotic dancer Veronica Beckham perpetrate a sweetheart scam on Micky Liu? Manipulate a lonely and sick man into making her the beneficiary of his estate? Or did he leave her his money, free from any pressure and manipulation, purely…

Beware of “Veterans Annuities”
September 17, 2011

There’s never a shortage of “financial advisors” willing to fleece seniors. That’s heinous enough. More outrageous still is when veterans and their surviving spouses are the targets. Our veterans protected us, and now they need our protection.  And since the…