Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog


Florida residents riding out the pandemic in New York: what about residency and taxes?
June 15, 2020

When the incidence of coronavirus surged in New York in March, some Florida residents were stuck there, under orders to shelter in place. Some were in their own New York homes, others staying with relatives. Some who might have risked…

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Renown Dementia Expert Coming To Florida
Renown Dementia Expert Coming To Florida
March 9, 2020

Dementia care expert Teepa Snow is making several presentations in our area this month. An occupational therapist with over 40 years of experience, Ms. Snow helps families and professionals understand how it feels to live with a neurodegenerative disorder. Her…

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Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Compare Flags 25 Florida Nursing Homes
October 30, 2019

To help families make informed decisions when placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintains a “Nursing Home Compare” web site. This is a searchable database of skilled nursing facilities nationwide. It…

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IRS Introduces Senior-Friendly Income Tax Form
IRS Introduces Senior-Friendly Income Tax Form
October 27, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service is rolling out a new income tax form specifically for seniors. The 1040-SR is expected to be ready to use for 2019 filing. The 1040-SR includes several features intended to make filing easier for older adults. It is…

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Blue Water Vets Still Waiting For Benefits
September 22, 2019

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act became law  on June 25, 2019, making Blue Water veterans eligible for disability benefits related to Agent Orange exposure. For decades, veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam argued that, like those who served…

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Breaking Up With Your High-Tax State Can Be Hard To Do
Breaking Up With Your High-Tax State Can Be Hard To Do
August 10, 2019

Increasing numbers of people are fleeing high tax states for lower-tax environments such as Florida. People have always moved to Florida to escape estate taxes and income taxes, of course. However, the migration has kicked into higher gear of late…

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Is Probate Really A Problem?
Is Probate Really A Problem?
July 14, 2019

Floridians are continuously warned about probate. Make sure your family never has to deal with probate court! It’s expensive!  It’s inconvenient! Is all this just hype? Or is probate really a problem? Should you build probate avoidance into your estate…

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Many Nursing Homes, ALF’s Still Need Permanent Generators
May 5, 2019

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you would be well – advised to find out the facility’s readiness for a power outage as we head into hurricane season. After Hurricane Irma struck in…

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Claim Now, Claim More Later Social Security Strategy Ends This Year
Claim Now, Claim More Later Social Security Strategy Ends This Year
February 13, 2019

2019 is the last year that a married person achieving full retirement age can file a restricted application. This Social Security – maximizing strategy, commonly called Claim Now, Claim More Later, is available to those born before January 2, 1954. The strategy…

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401(k), IRA Contribution Limits Increase in 2019
401(k), IRA Contribution Limits Increase in 2019
December 29, 2018

Beginning in 2019, you will be able to save more in your retirement plans. 401(K) PLANS, 402(B) PLANS, AND MOST 457 PLANS If you are under 50 years old, the annual contribution cap is $19,000 (was $18,500). If you are…

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