7 Tips for Helping Families with Special Needs

Families with children, grandchildren or other family members (such as parents) with special needs have unique planning requirements. There are numerous misconceptions in this area that can result in costly mistakes when planning for special needs beneficiaries.  Understanding the pitfalls associated with special needs planning is a must for all of us who assist families […]

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Do I Need A Living Will, A Do Not Resuscitate Order, Or Both?

In our estate planning practice, we encourage our clients to make important advance decisions as to their own health care.  This involves “advance directives” such as designating a Health Care Surrogate (and back-up persons) to make health care decisions if you become incapacitated and can no longer make those decisions for yourself; and, preparing a […]

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PARENTS NEED TRUSTS FOR MINORS

It is not unusual for someone to name their children, or a niece or nephew as beneficiaries, or contingent beneficiaries on their life insurance policies.  Sometimes an employer may offer group life insurance coverage and in haste, the employee names minor children as beneficiaries of that policy.  “I want them to have that money for […]

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Be Careful How You Title Your Car (Or Whom You Loan It To)

How a motor vehicle is titled can have serious liability ramifications. Florida follows the “Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine” which basically recognizes that driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous things that we do.  Therefore, if an owner of a vehicle voluntarily allows another person to drive that vehicle, and they negligently injure someone, the […]

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Who Can Help You When You Need It The Most?

We often tell clients that effective estate planning doesn’t just involve handling matters after your death, but, more importantly, involves making provisions for your care while you are living, but suffer a disabling event which prevents you from acting for yourself. Every adult should have a Designation of Health Care Surrogate to designate someone (and […]

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Elder Law Attorney Discusses Long Term Care Planning with Caregiver Support Group

On April 11, 2017, the firm’s elder law attorney, Elizabeth Allen, gave a presentation on long term care planning to members of the Alzheimer’s Support Group at Hyde Park United Methodist Church hosted by Jennifer Green of Right At Home. This group is comprised of caregivers to individuals with Alzheimer’s.  They meet every second Tuesday […]

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