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 

When Should I Update My Durable Power of Attorney?

Florida Durable Power Of Attorney A common question I receive from clients is how often should I update my estate planning documents? Specifically, how often should you update your durable power of attorney? Generally, I tell clients that any time there is a major life change (birth, death, divorce) of someone who is named in their estate planning documents, they should consider having the
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Medicaid in Florida: Can you qualify for Medicaid if your income is too high?

Medicaid in Florida In order to qualify for nursing home care Medicaid in Florida, an applicant’s assets must be below $2,000 and their income cannot exceed $2,163 (in 2014). If the applicant’s income is too high, the applicant will not qualify for Medicaid without doing a Qualified Income Trust (also referred to as a “Miller Trust”). By placing the excess income over $2,163 per
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What is the difference between a Guardianship and Guardian Advocacy?

In Florida, a Guardianship is a legal way to protect someone’s health, welfare and property when that person has lost the ability to make decisions for themselves (financial decisions, where they should live, healthcare decisions, etc).  In a Guardianship, a court decides what rights are removed from an individual and the court appoints someone who will make the decisions for that individual.  The person
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