Helping Veterans Pay for Long Term Care

There are currently over 25 million veterans alive in the United States. There are over 9 million surviving spouses of veterans currently living in the United States. Many of these veterans and surviving spouses are receiving long term care or will need some type of long term care in the near future, and there are […]

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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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Life Insurance Proceeds Received 180 Days After Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Is Property of the Bankruptcy Estate

The Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court in the case of In Re: Roscoe (siding with the majority view), recently ruled that Bankruptcy Code Section 1306(a) expands the definition of “estate property” (i.e. property that is available to pay creditors) to include life insurance proceeds for one of the debtors who died after the case […]

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