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Estate Planning

If You Don’t Have an Estate Plan, It’s Not Too Late

If you know that having an estate plan is important, but you don’t have one, you aren’t alone. Most Florida residents are aware that they need an estate plan. But many of those Florida residents who know they need an estate plan, don’t actually have one. If you don’t have an estate plan, don’t worry. It’s not too late to call an experienced Florida estate planning attorney and protect your family and your estate. When you are creating an estate plan later in life, it is often even more important that you do so with the assistance of an experienced Florida...

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Why Should You Use Trusts in Your Estate Plan?

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Estate planning is all about controlling your assets. It offers control of your assets during your life as well as control of your assets after your death. The most basic way to establish this control is through a will, but for most people, the will needs to be followed by additional estate planning documents and tools. One of the most common is the trust. The trust can be very handy for individuals who want to control their assets. The need for a trust is driven by the level of control you would like to maintain over your estate. The trust offers...

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Estate Planning: Is Your Family Prepared for a Late-Life Health Emergency?

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When we get in a vehicle, we have seat belts. We are all aware that they are provided for our safety. Almost every time we get in a vehicle and drive to a destination, we do so without incident, yet we wear seat belts while we are in a vehicle as a precaution for the rare instances when there may be some type of car accident. This is similar to planning for unexpected medical events and emergencies. Proper estate planning can help manage the financial implications that are associated with unexpected health problems and the potentially long-term care needs that...

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Are You Struggling to Find the Prices for Nursing Home Care?

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Have you noticed that prices for nursing home care are impossible to find? Individuals and families searching for assisted living and other facilities quickly notice how rare transparency in this area. When you are searching for an independent living facility, assisted living community, nursing home, continuing care retirement community, or other care facility for seniors, it’s likely that you’ll see a lot of pleasant photography and wordy descriptions of the location. What you probably won’t see is the price for care at the facility. The public holds most industries to a transparency standard with great success, but one industry that seems...

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Is Your Florida Power of Attorney Valid?

Do you have a Florida durable power of attorney? If so, did you have it created or reviewed by an experienced elder law planning attorney? Too often, Florida durable power of attorneys are no good for long-term care planning purposes. If you are concerned about long-term care planning, please consider having your power of attorney reviewed by an attorney experienced in elder law. Why You May Need to Update Your Durable Power of Attorney: As of October 2011, the Florida Power of Attorney Act made the possibility of a general, all-encompassing durable power of attorney a complete fiction. An all-encompassing power of...

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5 Tips for Seniors Considering Selling Their Home

Many seniors seeking to prepare for their future through elder law planning and Medicaid planning struggle with the idea of selling their home. Selling a home they spent many years living in or raising their family in can become a very emotional experience. And emotions are bound to run even higher if they are moving into an assisted living facility or to live with a family member who will provide care or assistance. If you are a senior considering selling your home or if you have a loved one who is a senior selling their home, consider these tips to...

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Lady Bird Deed vs. Traditional Life Estate Deed

To understand the unique benefits of a Lady Bird deed (or enhanced life estate deed), you must first become familiar with the traditional life estate deed. The conventional life estate deed allows a property owner (Grantor) to reserve the right to live on a property until their death. Upon the Grantor's death, the property goes directly to the designated beneficiary (Grantee) without going through probate. When using a traditional life estate deed, the Grantor gives up their right to sell or mortgage the property. When using a Lady Bird deed, the Grantor is also able to retain the right to live...

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Does Your College-Age Child Need Estate Planning Documents?

When children leave for college, families often have a lot on their minds. They worry about their college students classes, their major, their housing, their roommates, their extracurricular life, the distance from home, the extra expenses, and their grades. But there is one thing that families typically don’t worry about that should probably outweigh all the other items on this list: their college student’s estate plan. Most college students leave home without any estate planning documents in place. Why Does Your College-Age Child Need an Estate Plan? Most college-age children have already turned or are about to turn 18. In most...

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Is a Special Needs Trust Beneficial for Public Benefits Applicants?

Many assume that the use of a special needs trust (SNT) is limited to medical items or items directly related to the disability of the beneficiary. This is actually not accurate because the phrase “special needs” is used with a fairly broad definition. The actual legal phrasing used in virtually all special needs trusts that limits the use of funds to special needs with “special needs” defined as anything that is not provided by the Trust beneficiary’s public benefits programs. Public benefit programs are designed to provide for critical items/essential needs, not supplemental items to improve the quality of life. This...

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What Are the Duties of an Executor or Administrator?

An executor is a person or institution appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of their will and administer the estate. An administrator is a person legally appointed by the court to manage and administer the estate of someone who died without a will. So while the two roles are not the same, they do fulfill the same duties and responsibilities once they are in position. In Florida, a deceased person’s estate is administered by the Personal Representative. Duties & Responsibilities: Gathering Estate Assets: The first task on the Personal Representative’s agenda is to identify and secure the estate’s...

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