Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog


Florida Durable Power of Attorney
Want Florida Medicaid Benefits For Nursing Home Costs? First You’ll Need The Right Power of Attorney
October 21, 2020

Every Florida adult needs a valid Durable Power of Attorney. This essential legal document gives one or more people – your “agents” – the authority to handle financial matters on your behalf. It provides you with important protections, one of…

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Medicaid Spousal Allowance
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…

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Will Stimulus Funds Affect Your Medicaid Nursing Home Benefits?
April 30, 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  (CARES Act) passed on March 27, 2020, most Americans are receiving stimulus checks. If you are earning under $75,000 annually, your check will be $1,200. If someone resides…

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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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Medicaid Eligibility Rules Have Changed
January 1, 2020

Florida Medicaid has revised several eligibility criteria that must be met to receive benefits for long-term nursing home care. These changes went into effect on January 1, 2020. The Medicaid applicant’s gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,349 per month (was…

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2020 Social Security Benefits Increase
October 11, 2019

Americans collecting Social Security benefits are slated to receive a cost of living increase in 2020. Benefits will increase by 1.6%. The average retiree’s monthly benefit will increase about $24, from $1,473 to to $1,503. Also, the Social Security tax…

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Will the state take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits?
Will the state take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits?
September 27, 2019

Adele Small Harris Frequently I get the question, Is the state is going to take my home if I go on Medicaid benefits? The answer is no. Homestead property is protected under Florida law, even while you’re on Medicaid. Once…

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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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Boomers More Prepared For Dying Than Living
Boomers More Prepared For Dying Than Living
April 16, 2019

The values of the Baby Boom generation seem to have have changed over the years. Once it was all about flower power. Now the focus includes financial power – specifically, leaving a financial legacy. A March 25, 2019  Financial Advisor…

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Congress Considering Raising ABLE Account Age Threshold
December 16, 2018

In prior blog posts we told you about the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act. The 2014 legislation allows individuals with qualifying disabilities to save in tax-advantaged accounts. The main advantage of the account is that it allows eligible…

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