Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Brandon FL
Thank you for visiting Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. Our mission, as estate planning and elder law attorneys, is to protect, honor and educate our clients. We advocate on behalf of our clients in the areas of Medicaid Reform and resident’s rights (in ALF’s and nursing homes). We also provide clients with comprehensive estate planning including wills, trusts, and advanced healthcare directives. Additionally, we work with the families of special needs children to ensure not only that the parents’ estate planning is in order, but that planning for their special needs child is also in order. Our firm aims to give Tampa area seniors and their children peace of mind as they navigate Florida laws. Our blog is updated regularly to educate Florida residents about estate planning, probate and the laws affecting seniors.
Laurie E. Ohall is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, and is also a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. She has been serving the legal needs of Tampa Bay area families for over 20 years.
Dana C. Kemper began her career in law as a paralegal in 1992, and has been practicing as an attorney in Florida for almost 10 years. She has worked in the field of Elder law for 15 years (both as a paralegal and an attorney).
Both Laurie and Dana believe in the importance of making the legal process as understandable and comfortable as possible, and they will even make house calls for clients that are unable to come to the office. We invite you to contact us by phone or email with questions or to set up an initial consultation.
New Numbers for Medicaid in 2017
For those who are receiving SSI or nursing home Medicaid, there are new numbers to know for 2017. SSI is Supplemental Security Income which is a stipend paid to those individuals who are low-income and are either 65 or older, blind or disabled. The maximum benefit increased in 2017 from $733 per month to $735 per month. If you are an individual who receives
No Name-Calling Week is January 16 to January 20
Totally off the topic of legal news, did you know that January 16 to January 20, 2017 is No Name-Calling week? Given the Presidential campaign which we had to endure for the last year and a half, wouldn’t it be nice to experience some kindness from our President-elect? Do you wonder if he can tweet kind tweets for an entire week without any name-calling?
What Is Medicare Observation Status?
Over the last several years, there has been a trend towards placing Medicare hospital patients who are receiving “medically necessary” treatment, which was ordered by their doctor, under Medicare observation status. What this does is makes the person an “outpatient” as opposed to admitting them as an “inpatient”. Some patients have even been in the hospital receiving treatment and testing for weeks and never