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What to expect when you call an Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney

As you may see from past blog posts, I get many ideas about what to write in my posts from the phone calls I receive on a weekly basis.  I get at least one phone call a week (usually, it is more than that) wanting to know how much it costs for a Durable Power of Attorney, or how much it costs to do
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Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms: I Can’t Afford a Lawyer

I hear it pretty regularly – “I can’t afford a lawyer” so I’m just going to do this myself.  After all, it’s just a form, right?  Well, maybe. I understand that going to an estate planning or elder law attorney can be expensive.  Depending on what you need, if you are single or married, if you have children or they are grown, the fees
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Sibling Feud: What to do when Brothers and Sisters are Fighting over Mom or Dad’s Care

This month, I am focusing my blog posts on questions I have received either over the phone or via my website (please, keep them coming!).  I regularly receive questions about what to do when there is a sibling feud and a family member tells the other siblings that they are going to put mom or dad in a nursing home (or that sibling wants
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End of Life Discussions – What Would Your Doctor Do?

I read an article recently posted by NPR entitled “Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-of-Life Discussions.” Surprisingly, almost 90 percent of doctors facing a terminal illness would forgo resuscitation and aggressive treatment. Most doctors would rather die at home, peacefully, than die in a hospital. According to this article, a majority of seniors would also rather die a gentle death, yet they often
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It Is That Time of Year Again!

It is that time of year again – time for our kiddos to head back to school.  Do you have a child that will be going to college and/or has turned eighteen?  If so, you need to remember that, once your child turns 18, you as a parent, no longer have rights to make decisions for them.  You do not have the right to
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Protecting Children With Special Needs

The Florida legislature this year actually managed to pass some meaningful legislation protecting children with special needs.  One such law was the Regis Little Act which is designed to protect children in foster care who have special needs and are aging out of the system.  Governor Scott signed this act into law on June 10, 2015.  The act came into being because of Regis
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6 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Estate planning is planning for your own incapacity or death and how you want things handled when the time comes (because it will come – nobody lives forever!).  These are the 6 biggest estate planning mistakes that I have seen in the last 20 years of practice: 1.Thinking estate planning is for the wealthy.  How many times do I hear, “I don’t really have
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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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Why a “Do It Yourself Will” becomes more expensive in the long-run

A ‘Do It Yourself Will’ may be an inexpensive route, but… A potential client called my office to discuss the probate of her mother’s home now that the mother has passed away.  She told me how she prepared a Will for her mother to sign (she’s not an attorney or paralegal – she just used a form she found on the Internet) and how
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(Un)Married with Children

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage?  Maybe not. There have been many reports over the last year discussing the increase in the number of couples that are living together, having children and are not married.  I would venture to guess that more than half of those couples do not have an estate plan.  I say this because statistics show that
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