Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog


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Florida law introduces ALF reforms, should keep some residents from having to move to nursing homes
September 9, 2015

A new Florida law is expected to prevent assisted living residents from having to enter nursing homes prematurely. The new law, HB 1001, gives ALF staff who have certain training the authority to help residents perform routine health-related tasks such…

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ALERT: Criminal penalties for non-lawyers engaging in Medicaid planning — and maybe, for those who hire them!
February 2, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court on January 15, 2015 ruled that a non-lawyer is guilty of the unlicensed practice of law if the individual engages in Medicaid planning activities for clients leading up to the application. The Supreme Court took up…

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Retirees
Florida has a large senior population but other states also greying fast
June 8, 2013

Sure, Florida has a large numbers of retirees. No surprise there. But this may surprise you: Florida’s over-65 population is not growing as fast, percentage wise, as in other states. In fact, it doesn’t even crack the top ten. The…

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Can you disinherit an adult child?.
February 18, 2013

Not all parents enjoy a warm relationship with all their children. I’ve met with many parents – some pained, some resigned, others angry – who have been estranged from their children for years. They may have tried reaching out and been…

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Money in Trash Can
Do-It-Yourself Estate Plans: Saving Money or Throwing it Away?
September 10, 2012

We often warn readers about the dangers of using do-it-yourself websites and pre-printed forms to create wills and trust. Experienced estate planning lawyers do more than put together a pile of papers for you to sign and take home: We…

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Divorce Pending
Florida Durable Power of Attorney for Property: New law terminates spouse’s powers when dissolution of marriage is pending
August 13, 2012

There have been changes to Florida Statute 709.2109 governing the Durable Power of Attorney. Under the new law, in the event of divorce or annulment, or when an action is filed for divorce or legal separation, your spouse loses the…

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Will Medicare pay for your Florida nursing home?
July 7, 2012

Are you one of the many Florida residents relying on Medicare to pay your way if you ever need nursing home care? Depending on what you mean by “nursing home,” you, your family and your pocketbook could be in for…

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Your flesh-and-blood estate planning lawyer
January 30, 2012

A shout-out to Attorney Greg Herman-Giddens, who posted this excellent piece on his North Carolina Estate Planning Blog. It’s easy to tell horror stories about the trouble clients get into with do-it-yourself estate planning forms. His post instead concentrates on all the positive…

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elder abuse
Taking Elder Abuse Seriously
June 15, 2011

In the public consciousness, elder abuse is where child abuse was years ago. It is under-reported. Poorly understood. And off the public’s radar. Fortunately, many efforts are being made today to bring this problem into the light of day. That’s…

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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…

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