Eligibility for needs-based programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) depend upon meeting certain financial requirements, such as the recipient with disabilities or special needs having no more than $2,000 in assets at any time. However, if a person with special needs stands to inherit assets, say after a parent dies, it could cause [...]
Going through a divorce is often stressful. Aside from the emotional turmoil, you're also dealing with the legal and financial decisions that are often part of the process. You may be looking forward to the day when everything is finalized so that you can move forward with your life. But there's one last thing that needs to be done, and it’s a task that is often overlooked by people going through a divorce. It's time to update your estate planning documents.
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the responsibility for their care often falls into the hands of their loved ones. For many seniors, their adult children are expected to step into the caregiver role, even while raising children of their own. These adult children may not live near their aging parents or they may be in the process of finding an assisted living facility for their loved one. For some seniors, there's simply no one available to make sure that their financial and medical needs are being met. As a result, the decision-making is being placed into the hands of court-appointed guardians.
As a Tampa estate planning attorney, I can tell you that the fact that you can potentially avoid probate is one of the biggest benefits of having an estate plan in place. But what is probate here in Florida, and why do you want to avoid it in the first place? Probate here in Hillsborough [...]
One of the hardest parts of the aging process can be giving up one’s mobility. At a certain point, it’s just not safe to operate an automobile. Sometimes, it’s hard for seniors to admit this to themselves, and that can leave it up to their adult children to step in and have the necessary conversation. [...]
Tampa Special Needs Lawyers: Tips for Staying in Control of Your Disabled Child’s Affairs When He or She Becomes an Adult
In the eyes of the law, a child becomes an adult when he or she turns 18. However, if your child’s disability prevents him or her from making adult decisions and managing personal affairs, you may need to petition the local court for legal guardianship. Our Tampa special needs lawyers want to share some important [...]
As a Tampa will and trust lawyer, clients often ask me to explain what a basic estate plan involves. There’s no simple answer to that question, though. An estate plan all depends on the situation and the needs of each individual. For one person, that could involve a Revocable Living Trust. For another, it might [...]
Working with a Tampa special needs planning attorney gives you the opportunity to set up the best possible scenario for your child with special needs after you’re no longer able to provide care on your own. A special needs lawyer in Florida can help you determine how to pay for your child’s expenses after your [...]
For most people living with dementia, the symptoms progress gradually over time. Depending on how rapidly their cognitive functions are on the decline, there will be time to prepare for their care. In the early stages, family members may be able to provide the care that the person with dementia needs. As the dementia symptoms [...]
One of the most common questions Tampa probate lawyers are asked when it comes to settling a loved one’s estate is: “How long is this going to take?” The answer to that question is, of course, going to vary depending upon several factors. In some situations, probate may just take several weeks or a few [...]