Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

It’s A Felony to Fudge Facts on a Medicaid Application
April 12, 2024

The Karp Law Firm attorneys helps clients seeking seeking long-term care Medicaid benefits for their loved one. In addition to being distraught about their loved one’s welfare, our clients also fear losing their economic security to nursing home costs. Unfortunately,…

Florida Medicaid Rules For Income, Assets, Home Equity Change in 2024
January 14, 2024

Florida’s Medicaid eligibility rules change frequently. Our attorneys stay on top of all changes, so you can be sure you will always get the most up-to-date guidance from us. Consulting with our attorneys may enable you to retain a good…

Long-Term Care Planning Is A Middle-Class Necessity
November 22, 2023

The article below appeared originally in The New York Times. It explains why long-term care planning is essential for middle-class Americans.  The Karp Law Firm has been assisting clients and their families to meet this challenge for over 25 years,…

Nursing Home Resident’s Well Spouse Entitled to Bigger MMMNA
August 9, 2023

Florida has made another change to its Medicaid rules for nursing home benefits. The rule change applies to married couples when one spouse is in a nursing home and receiving Medicaid benefits. The spouse who is not in a nursing…

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Florida Medicaid Increases Personal Needs Allowance For Nursing Home Residents
July 10, 2023

Florida has just announced an increase in the Personal Needs Allowance for individuals receiving Medicaid benefits for custodial nursing home care. The new figure is $160 per month, up from $130. The updated figure went into effect on July 1,…

How To Keep Medicaid Benefits Flowing to a Nursing Home Resident If The Well Spouse Dies First
June 27, 2023

It is a common assumption that an incapacitated person receiving long-term nursing care will pass away before his/her well spouse does. However, statistics show that is not necessarily the case, particularly when you consider that many “well” spouses are left…

Will Medicare or Medicaid Pay For Nursing Care? It Depends on The Type of Nursing Care
May 10, 2023

Our office frequently receives calls from adult children whose parents have entered or are about to enter long-term nursing care. Accustomed to Medicare covering their parent’s medical bills, they now face a frightening fact: Medicare will not cover their parent’s…

Is a Lady Bird Deed Right For Your Estate Plan?
January 25, 2023

Clients often ask us about creating a lady bird deed for them. They have heard that this type of deed can be useful for both Medicaid planning and probate avoidance. While it is true that a lady bird deed confers…

Changes to Florida Medicaid Eligibility Rules in 2023
December 9, 2022

Medicaid law changes frequently. Our elder law attorneys carefully monitor changes in order to properly advise clients seeking Medicaid nursing home benefits. We can often recommend legal steps that allow clients to protect their assets and retain a good portion…

Don’t Take Florida Medicaid Planning Advice From Non-Lawyers
November 27, 2022

In recent years there has been a proliferation of individuals who refer to themselves as “Medicaid planners” but who are not licensed to practice law. They claim to have the expertise to help clients become eligible for Medicaid nursing home…