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 

Avoiding Probate – How Do You Do It?

Wondered about avoiding probate?  One of the easiest ways to avoid probate (which is a court proceeding that takes six months to a year, and must happen in order to transfer assets to loved ones if a person dies owning assets solely in their name) is to have beneficiary designations.  For instance, when you purchase a life insurance policy, you list a beneficiary on
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Social Security is Making Some Changes

Effective August 1, 2014, Social Security has announced it will discontinue providing Social Security Number printouts in order to prevent against fraud and protect the integrity of the Social Security Number. In order to request a replacement Social Security card, one must file Form SS-5, and you must provide a document to prove your identity, which can include a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. State
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Who Should I Name as an Agent Under My Durable Power of Attorney?

This is a very good question. We discussed earlier in the month Executor Blog about who one should name as the personal representative of their estate, and you would think the answer would be the same. It is and it’s not. While both the personal representative and an agent under a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) should both be fiscally responsible and be able
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