Dealing with the death of a loved one is painful enough. Even though grief can bring people together, it can also drive up feelings of tension, resentment, and overall conflict within a family. Making arrangements for after one’s death can be unnerving, but it is essential to ensure civility amongst family members and to not [...]
If something were to happen to you and/or your spouse, would the police or medical authorities know that you have minor children at home waiting for you? Picture this: your children are at home and growing more frightened as each hour passes without your return. Their babysitter is scrambling to locate you and figure out [...]
One of the most common questions that I’m asked as a Tampa probate lawyer is, “What are the most important steps I need to take after the death of a loved one?”. Every situation is different, but in the days and weeks following the loss of a loved one, there are 8 tasks that [...]
Tampa Will and Trust Lawyer Discusses Important Estate Planning Considerations for Married Same-Sex Couples
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Now same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. Unfortunately, estate planning laws are still targeted toward opposite-sex marriages, so that means that LGBTQ couples should still plan their estates carefully. Here are a few [...]
Any type of co-parenting relationship can be complicated, especially when the relationship ends in divorce. Divorcing parents of a special needs child, even one that has reached adulthood, may have questions about their rights and obligations as guardians when it comes to making decisions for their adult child. While laws may vary from state to [...]
By Tampa Special Needs Planning Attorney, Laurie Ohall Special Needs Trusts are put in place so an individual with special needs is taken care of in the event their primary caretaker can no longer do so. In order to ensure the trust funds are used properly, a trustee is chosen to be in charge of [...]
These Federal and Florida State Benefits Can Help Pay for Care Costs if Your Child Has Special Needs
Finding the right resources to help offset healthcare costs for children with special needs can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of government programs that may be available to help pay for services if your son or daughter qualifies as a Child with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). A CSHCN is typically defined as living with conditions such as attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD and ADHD), Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, or autism. Here are the three benefits your child may be eligible to receive...
Brandon Elder Lawyer Says: “Talk to Your Elderly Loved Ones About IRS Scams Making the Rounds Again”
It’s tax season, which means that elderly people here in Florida and across the United States are being targeted by IRS Scammers. Essentially, unscrupulous people are posing as IRS agents and taking advantage of senior’s fears of the government or owing any kind of debt. One of the most prominent ways that seniors are being [...]
If you are just beginning to think about protecting your family by way of estate planning, you probably have several questions about what the process involves. One of the most common questions we get is whether a simple Last Will and Testament is enough or if a living trust is better suited to meet a [...]
So, you’ve decided to finally create your estate plan. Good for you! One of the best things you can do to streamline the planning process is to get your finances organized. This may sound challenging, but it is much easier than you think. Just gathering a few documents will put you in the perfect position to get the most out of your meeting with your Tampa estate planning attorney.