Laurie Ohall, Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Brandon FL

Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Brandon FL

Ms. Ohall is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, and is also a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.  For almost 20 years, Laurie Ohall has been serving the legal needs of Tampa Bay area families.  It is her mission in the practice of law to protect, honor and educate her clients.  She advocates on behalf of her clients in the areas of Medicaid Reform and resident’s rights (in ALFs and nursing homes). She also provides clients with comprehensive estate planning including wills, trusts, and advanced healthcare directives, and gives Tampa area seniors and their children peace of mind as they navigate Florida Elder Laws. Her blog is updated regularly to educate Florida residents about the laws affecting seniors, estate planning and probate.

Elder Law     Estate Planning    Guardianship     Probate     Special Needs Planning 

Is my Durable Power of Attorney still valid if I move to Florida?

Florida has many transplants from other states and it is very common for people from another state to ask whether their Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) will still be good in Florida.  The answer is – maybe.  The better answer is – let me take a look at it before I can tell you whether you can use it in Florida.  I know you
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Why do I need a Durable Power of Attorney?

Last month, I answered the question of what is a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA).  This month, I’d like to discuss the reasons for why someone needs to have such a document. First of all, many people believe that they do not need to do their estate planning until they are “old”.  Ask my twelve year old what “old” is… and she’ll tell you
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How to Avoid Probate of the Homestead or other real estate

In my last blog post, I discussed the pitfalls of real estate having to go through the probate process.  Even though we learned that a homestead is protected, in Florida, in most situations from creditors’ claims, there may still be reasons to avoid probate of the homestead.  What is the biggest reason?  Attorney’s fees and costs. A probate of just the homestead property could
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