As a Special Needs and Estate Planning attorney and as a mother, I work empathetically with parents all the time to make sure their minor children will be protected in case of incapacity or the death of one or both of the parents. At the Law Offices of Laurie Ohall P.A., one of the ways [...]
Important Information for All Seniors and Patients in Florida: Retroactive Approval for Medicaid Will Be Eliminated Effective February 1st!
The state of Florida is changing the rules that dictate when Medicaid benefits must be applied for while eliminating retroactive coverage that was once available for sick or disabled individuals facing healthcare challenges with limited means. Starting February 1, 2018, Florida will no longer allow patients to receive three months of retroactive coverage for Medicaid. [...]
Have Family Heirlooms in Your Possession? Plan to Include Them in Your Will and Trust to Avoid Squabbles When You Are Gone.
The holidays are upon us, and many of us are blessed to have families that gather to celebrate. As you sit with your family this season, think about the traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Many of these traditions involve material possessions such as your grandmother’s china that you use for [...]
As a Tampa estate planning attorney, I get this question a lot! Although it may seem like one that’s easy to answer, when it comes to the creation of estate planning documents, my answer always is… “It depends.” Estate planning is rarely something that fits neatly into the “one-size-fits-all” category. Every family has different needs [...]
Tampa Trust and Estates Lawyer Answers, “What Happens If I Receive an Inheritance During Bankruptcy?”
For some families, bankruptcy is the only way out from living under a mountain of debt. Filing for bankruptcy is a not a decision most people enter into lightly as the process can have a number of long-term and severe consequences. One such consequence that tends to go overlooked is the possibility that a [...]
It is extremely important to get the details of your life insurance policy correct. While this may seem like a “no-brainer,” many well-meaning policyholders make mistakes that end up hurting the people they love. Read on to learn about the 5 most common errors people make when naming life insurance beneficiaries and how to [...]
The divorce rate among parents who have a child with special needs is very high. In fact, some estimate the rate to be between 80% to 90%. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you understand this. You know that even though you both love your child very much, the [...]
by Laurie Ohall, Tampa will and trust lawyer It is true that any assets that are owned jointly with rights of survivorship in Florida will pass directly to the joint owner without having to go through Hillsborough County probate when the first owner passes away? Technically, this means that there is no need to have [...]
As a Tampa Elder Care lawyer, I’ve worked with families facing many different estate planning situations. A circumstance particularly relevant to elder care law is dementia. Unfortunately, dementia can take quite an emotional and financial toll on the entire family. Alzheimer’s and related illnesses are typically degenerative and slow-progressing, and the patients require considerable care. [...]
When some people think of estate planning, they picture over-the-top Hollywood-type scenarios where a very rich old man has passed away and the self-serving, over-indulgent heirs greedily wait to see what they will get. Usually, in the movies, there is at least one unhappy heir, otherwise, the movie would be very boring. While this may [...]