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Brandon Guardianship Lawyer Asks Parents to Answer 3 Questions Before Naming Your Children’s Guardian. Even if you think you know!

Many parents put a lot of thought into who would be best suited to raise their children if they were unexpectedly incapacitated or passed away. Most of the time, parents will choose someone that the family is “close to” and that can meet the emotional needs of the child. While these traits are certainly important, one thing that is often overlooked is the financial
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When an Autistic Child Turns 18

Many parents of special needs children, including those with Autism, are shocked to find out, when their child turns 18, that they do not have the authority to act on their behalf anymore.  Although many school districts are getting better at educating parents, it can still come as a surprise that the parent does not have the right to participate in their autistic child’s
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Why Do I Need To Name a Guardian for my Children?

Ever asked yourself why do I need to name a guardian for my children? When our children are young, our goal is to see them grow up to graduate high school, maybe go to college, get married and one day have children.  Unfortunately, that may not be the case for some of us.  That is why it is important to do your planning to make
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Guardian Advocacy for Disabled Adult Children

I receive many questions on a weekly basis about different issues facing parents of disabled adult children.  One common question is about filing for guardianship over the disabled child after they have turned age 18.  Did you know that, after a child turns 18, parents lose their rights to speak for that child, and to make financial and health care decisions?  This can be
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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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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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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Understanding autism is very near and dear to my heart because I have a niece who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and two of my daughter’s step-siblings have been given the same diagnosis.  Not only is it important that we try to understand what it is like to have such a disability (and have more caring and empathy), but
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What Happens If I Do Not Have A DPOA?

What happens if I do not have a DPOA? I understand it is difficult to think about your own incapacity or even death.  However, incapacity can happen at any age, and anyone over the age of 18 should know what happens if they do not have a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA).  I always point to the example of Terri Schiavo when explaining to
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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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Top 7 Elder Law, Senior Care Experts to Follow on Twitter

I thought it would be fun to create my own list of top Elder Law and Senior Care related twitter feeds that I enjoy following.  These are people that I follow from around the country who are the top in their field of law or who have business that help the elderly.  So, without further ado, here are my top picks (in no particular
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