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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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Who Needs a Lawyer When You Can Use DIY Legal Forms?

I like to write about topics that I feel are of interest to the public and potential clients.  I like to educate people.  And I find myself writing about this topic over and over again, because I see so many people using do-it-yourself DIY legal forms to prepare their estate planning documents.  And over and over, I see that they are doing them wrong,
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Child Turning 18 – What Are Parents Rights?

In this video blog (Vlog), Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Laurie Ohall explains what every parent should know about parents rights. 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
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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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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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Durable Powers of Attorney – Can My Agent Live Out Of State?

I have been focusing at least one blog post a month this year on Durable Powers of Attorney (DPOA)  and the many questions I get about them.  This month, I wanted to discuss whether you can appoint someone who lives out of state as your agent. First, let’s recap what is the purpose of a DPOA.  This document is used to allow you to
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Exploitation of the Elderly in Florida

The exploitation of the elderly in Florida is a continuing problem and adult protective service agencies agree that these sorts of problems are on the rise.  It is becoming an increasing problem in Florida (which has the greatest proportion of seniors who are age 65 and over).  As an elder law attorney, I see situations every day where seniors are being exploited or being taken
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