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Older Veterans May Be Entitled to Additional VA Benefits to Cover Long-Term Care Expenses | Tampa Elder Lawyers

Tampa elder lawyers have good news for wartime veterans and their spouses that a little- known benefit from the VA exists to help cover costs associated with long-term care. Understanding the Aid & Attendance Benefit The Aid and Attendance Pension is a 3-tiered tax-free benefit that is available for wartime veterans and their spouses who need financial assistance or simply need help covering the
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Tampa Bay Elder Lawyers: 5 Preventive Steps to Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Financial Exploitation

Tampa Bay Elder Lawyers often warn that elderly loved ones are at increased risk of financial exploitation. Scammers target the older generation knowing that their cognitive abilities are likely in decline and that they are not typically tech-savvy. Predators can rob your loved one of their entire life savings – we’ve seen it.  That is why we have put together this list of five
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Brandon Elder Lawyer: Think Twice Before Authorizing ALL Your Kids to Serve as Medical Power of Attorney

Any Brandon Elder Lawyer will tell you that naming someone to act as your Medical Power of Attorney is a crucial part of estate planning.  However, this is not always an easy decision.  Most people will choose an adult child for this role, but when you have multiple children, the decision can get a bit more complicated. There are many problems that can arise
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Brandon Elder Law Lawyer: “The Uncomfortable, but Essential Conversation You Should Have with Your Parents”

Brandon Elder Law Lawyer, Laurie Ohall, speaks to the importance of having a legal plan in place when you are caring for aging parents and young children at the same time. We are all very busy living life. The daily grind of work and taking care of the family keeps you hopping, I’m sure. However, there may soon come a time when your parents
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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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What is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Elder Law?

I am frequently asked to explain what I do as an elder law attorney and how that is different from estate planning.  People have heard the term, but they are not exactly sure what it means.  My response is always, “all elder law attorneys do estate planning, but not all estate planning attorneys do elder law.”  What do I mean by that? An estate
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NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law

Tampa, Florida — Laurie Ohall of The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. in Brandon attended the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys NAELA Annual Conference on Elder and Special Needs Law held from May 14-16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. NAELA members and speakers have helped define this area of law and at this year’s Annual Conference, attendees from across the country participated
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Choosing an Elder Law Attorney

You and your parents are in the process of choosing an elder law attorney.  What should you consider? Elder law is a confluence of several areas of law, such as: Probate and estate planning: The attorney should be able to discuss a will, durable power of attorney, living will, health care power of attorney and or a probate avoidance trust. At a minimum, you
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Is “Elder Law” the New Black for attorneys?

As the economy is starting to bounce back, the foreclosure and short sale market is drying up. The law of “supply and demand” is causing many attorneys who practice in those areas of law to decide to practice “elder law.”  This concerns me greatly as the laws and regulations affecting seniors are very complex (and seem to be more confusing every day). The actions
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Discussing Estate Planning Around the Holidays with Elderly Family Members

The holidays are always time to be with family and enjoy each other’s company. Many of us travel great distances to see relatives whom we may only get to see once or twice a year.  We visit with our parents and grandparents and listen to stories of past holidays and re-live family traditions.  We catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives
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