Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

It’s A Felony to Fudge Facts on a Medicaid Application
April 12, 2024

The Karp Law Firm attorneys help clients who seek long-term care Medicaid benefits for their loved one. In addition to being distraught about their loved one’s welfare, clients are also unnerved by the prospect of losing their economic security to…

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Florida Seniors Will See Changes When Covid Public Health Emergency Ends
February 12, 2023

The nationwide Public Health Emergency (PHE) brought about by the Covid pandemic is scheduled to end on May 11, 2023. It has been renewed every 90 days since it was first declared in March 2020. The end of the Public…

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If I Apply For Medicaid, Will The State Of Florida Take My Home?
May 25, 2021

Many people have misconceptions about the rules for obtaining Florida Medicaid benefits for nursing home costs. This is not surprising, considering that the Medicaid program is vast, and its rules are complex and differ from state to state. Before clients…

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Steps To Prevent Stimulus Money From Jeopardizing Your Medicaid Benefits
April 2, 2021

If you or a loved one are disabled and receiving federal benefits such as Medicaid , take care when you receive your federal stimulus check. If not properly handled, the funds could put you over the asset cap and jeopardize…

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Florida Medicaid Eligibility For Nursing Home Care: Three Rule Changes You Should Know About
January 25, 2021

Many Florida seniors who require nursing home care incorrectly assume they will not qualify for Florida Medicaid benefits because they do not initially appear to meet all the financial criteria. This post tells you about recent changes in those criteria,…

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Federal Estate Tax: How It May Impact You and Your Family
November 27, 2020

The federal estate and gift tax has long been the cause of confusion, due in part to frequent changes in the law over the past decades. Whether you have an estate plan in place or are just embarking on your…

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Florida Medicaid Rules For The Well Spouse’s Income
July 20, 2020

Florida rules for long-term nursing care are complicated and are actually a combination of both state and federal regulations. Among the rules of great importance for married couples is the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance, or MMMNA. What is the…

Medicare provides COVID-related waivers for certain seniors
May 14, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Medicare is providing extra enrollment time and other accommodations for seniors who wish to enroll in Medicare. This “equitable relief” is available if: You missed the open enrollment period or a special enrollment period to…

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David Cassidy, 1970s teen hearthrob, suffering from dementia
February 27, 2017

Fans knew something was wrong when he could not remember the lyrics to songs he’d sung for decades. But for David Cassidy, it was a long-held fear come to fruition. The 1970s teen heartthrob who gained fame on the Partridge…

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How will you pay for long-term care?
May 19, 2016

Genworth just released its latest analysis of long-term care costs. The numbers are startling. The cost Nationally, the current median cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $82,125 per year; for a private room, $92,378. That’s an…