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“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old…”

My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. […]

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Can’t I Just Add My Child’s Name to the Title of my House to Avoid Losing my Home to Medicaid recovery?

Estate recovery is a process in which the government tries to recover funds paid out by Medicaid for long-term care costs or other medical expenses. Medicaid is a program designed to provide medical coverage for the poor, but it has become widely used by seniors to pay for nursing home costs. After a senior dies, […]

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How is My Property Transferred if I Die Intestate

Creating a will is important to ensure that you have control over where your property and your assets go upon your death. A will is a simple yet essential estate planning tool and, upon your death, the distribution of property in your will should be carried out through the probate and estate administration process. If […]

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What is the Difference Between a General and a Limited Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a grant of authority to someone else to act on your behalf. For example, if you are selling a house and you need to be away at the time of the closing, you can grant someone power of attorney to sign the papers on your behalf during the sale. Power […]

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Can Probate Be Avoided?

Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a decedent.  The probate process occurs in court.  If the decedent left a Will, the process involves proving that the Will is valid, resolving creditor claims against the estate, filing any necessary tax returns and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries according to the terms […]

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Should I Have a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare in Florida?

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare can grant someone else the authority to manage your health and medical affairs and make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.  A Declaration of Health Care Surrogate although named differently has the same effect. A Durable Power of Attorney can give someone the right to act […]

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Florida Medicaid Planning: Can’t I Just Give My Assets Away and Qualify for Medicaid Benefits?

As you become older, you may incur significant medical expenses, even when you are covered by Medicare. Medicare, the insurance designed to cover all elderly Americans, provides some coverage but requires you to pay a percentage of expenses and may not offer full payment for things like assisted living or nursing home care. Fact is […]

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What Are The Alternatives for Managing Property When a Person Becomes Incapacitated?

When a person becomes incapacitated due to illness or injury, their property and assets must still be managed in an appropriate manner.  Ideally, it is best for the individual property owner to plan ahead for this possibility, as there are several different options that can be elected in determining who will be responsible for managing […]

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Is There a Need for Guardianship?

When a health event occurs or someone becomes ill, that individual could become incapacitated and unable to manage his or her own property or issues facing his or her health or personal matters. In this unfortunate situation a trusted family member or friend or possibly a professional would need to take control of the individual’s property […]

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Avoid Blowing Veteran’s Benefits

Check out this article from WealthManagement.com.  It talks about how selling trusts and life insurance to war veterans can be tricky.  Dealing with both Medicaid and VA rules can be very complicated.  One misstep could disqualify a veteran from important benefits.  Click on the following link to read the article: Avoid Blowing Veteran’s Benefits

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