Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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Your Power of Attorney Is Not Enough for Medicare, Social Security
February 28, 2021

You may be surprised to learn that Medicare and Social Security will not automatically honor your Durable Power of Attorney or Health Care Surrogate. These are powerful legal documents that everyone should have in their planning toolkit, but when it…

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Attorney Joseph Karp Receives Client Champion Award
February 6, 2021

Attorney Joseph S. Karp has been awarded the Martindale Hubbell 2021 Silver Client Champion Award in recognition of  superior service provided to clients. The award is based on both quantity and quality of client reviews. Martindale Hubbell bestows this honor…

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What Happens If You Die Without An Estate Plan? The Family of Zappos Founder Anthony Hsieh Is Finding Out
December 20, 2020

Tony Hsieh, founder of online shoe retailer Zappos, died the day after Thanksgiving at age 46. He died without an estate plan.  His life, marked by enormous business success and wealth, was marred by drug addiction and mental illness. His…

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Estate Planning Tips From The Extraordinary Life and Death of Steve Bing
December 1, 2020

Movie financier Steve Bing died June 22, 2020 when he threw himself off the 27th floor balcony of his Los Angeles apartment building. He was 55. Bing’s life was one of wealth and celebrity, vastly different from the lives most…

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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 Nursing Homes Still Locked Down: When Can You Visit Your Loved One Again?
August 17, 2020

Our Florida elder law attorneys advise many families who have a loved one residing in a long-term care nursing facility. While the coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive and burdensome for everyone, it has created additional, brutal realities for these families….

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Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Lawyer Joseph Karp named 2020 Super Lawyer
July 31, 2020

Congratulations to our firm’s founder, Attorney Joseph S. Karp. Thomson Reuters has once again recognized Mr. Karp as a “Super Lawyer.” Super Lawyers are selected based on their expertise and contributions to their legal field, and the evaluations of their…

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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…

Florida cohabiting couples need legal plans to protect themselves, one another
June 18, 2020

Many of our clients “cohabit.” They are committed to one another and share a home, but are unwilling to marry, usually for legal and financial reasons. If this is your situation, for all intents and purposes you may consider yourselves…

Valentine’s Get-Together
Valentine’s Get-Together
February 14, 2020

Karp Law Firm lawyers and staff shared some love on Valentine’s Day.  We gathered at Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens to enjoy tacos, guacamole and margaritas (it was the end of the day, so drinks allowed!). L-R: Steve and…