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What Can You Do If You’re Denied Visitation With An Incapacitated Loved One?
May 7, 2018

Recent news is replete with stories about spouses, guardians and caregivers accused of turning away family members who want to visit an incapacitated loved one. These stories have made headlines because they involve celebrities. Among them were disc jockey Casey…

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Parents of Minor Children – Make These Plans for Your Peace of Mind
March 20, 2017

Sara Hankins made sad headlines recently. The Illinois mother of four was diagnosed last year with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and lost her life on March 13, 2017. She was just 36. Her primary concern during her last months was not…

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Services a Florida Elder Law Attorney provide you and your family
March 15, 2017

Just what does an elder law attorney do? What are our services? Why would you want to consult with an elder law attorney? Can younger people use our services? Are our services different from those that an estate planning lawyer…

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Bad Medicaid advice and a questionable guardian equal a double nightmare for Palm Beach County resident
December 18, 2016

We frequently remind blog readers of two important planning steps to take: First, get guidance from a Florida Bar Certified Elder Law Attorney when pursuing long-term care Medicaid benefits. Second, make plans to avoid court-ordered guardianship in the event of…

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Beyond the Power of Attorney: Protect yourself from yourself with a pre-need guardian
September 1, 2016

“Gloria” came to my office, convinced her 82-year-old mother was “losing it” after visiting her the previous week. Her mother had always been a fastidious homemaker, but now dirty dishes were piled up and enough trash was on the floor…

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Is there common law marriage in Florida?
November 6, 2015

In my estate planning practice, I advise many clients who have been living together for a long time, sometimes for decades. They are committed to one another, take care of one another, and often refer to each other as spouses….

Estate Planning for Childless Couples: Matters of Life, and Death
Estate Planning for Childless Couples: Matters of Life, and Death
March 2, 2015

Search the web for “estate planning” and you’ll find a vast number of articles directed at married couples who have children. But what if you areĀ  married and do not have kids? You might think that not having “lineal heirs”…

A joke that may not go over well with your financial institutions!
June 19, 2013

A colleague from the American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys recently reported a true story that’s well worth passing on to you.: Hi Everyone,I had a very interesting case last week. Dad (88) had been a client…

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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…