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Living Wills and Health Care Directives

Advance Directives inFlorida – Living Wills and Health Care Surrogate DocumentsFlorida provides for Advance Directives known as a Living Will and Designation of Health Care Surrogate. An advance directive is a witnessed document made by a competent adult which gives instructions and expresses desires concerning future health care treatment. There are plenty of forms available on the internet, but a Florida attorney can help you add specific information to the forms, making them fit indivi...

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Debra G. Simms 8/4/2013 9:31:00 AM Comments(0)

How Not To Die

How Not To Die I am writing this because I help people make decisions about end of life medical care. I am not a doctor; I am a lawyer. I constantly hear from my clients about how their loved ones were tortured before they died. That’s right. I said tortured. Not suffered. What they are telling me is that their parents were given useless care, wasteful care, and futile care. And, for many of them, unwanted care. Unwanted treatment seems especially common near the end of life. I bel...

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Debra G. Simms 6/9/2013 11:57:00 AM Comments(0)

Unmarried Parents and Paternity Laws

I know from experience that parenting is the toughest job there is and being a single parent can be even tougher. In addition to the responsibility for one's child, an unmarried parent may often find themselves in conflict with the child's other parent. If you are a single parent, you might need legal help in understanding your rights, especially when it comes to the complexities of paternity law. In addition to dealing with paternity disputes (for example, the identity of the child's father i...

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Debra G. Simms 4/28/2013 4:47:00 PM Comments(0)

What Happens to your Google Docs When You Die?

Ever wonder what happens to your emails and posts on the Web when you die? As more of our lives are lived online, it's a problem that's becoming increasingly important. Google has now come up with a solution for Google date such Gmail, You Tube, and Google Docs. It's a new tool called Inactive Account Manager. Simply go to preferences in settings and select to have your data deleted after a period of inactivity, from 3 - 12 months. Or you can ask that your date be sent to selected contacts. ...

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Debra G. Simms 4/21/2013 8:56:00 AM Comments(0)

Hope for Restoring Bankruptcy Discharge for Student Loans?

Efforts to find relief for people crushed by private student loan debt are buried again in the halls of Congress.Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin re-introduced the Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2013 on Jan. 23, and it apparently is going nowhere. The bill would provide a bankruptcy escape for people unable to pay back college loans issued by private lenders. Those loans account for about $150 billion of the estimated $1 trillion in outstanding college loan debt.The bill was co-sponsored by...

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Debra G. Simms 3/31/2013 6:56:00 PM Comments(0)

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