The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage

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Getting Your Affairs in Order

Getting Your Affairs in Order Making healthcare decisions for yourself or someone who is no longer able to do so can be overwhelming.  That is why I recommend that my clients make decisions and arrangements while they can participate in

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An Easy Way to Make a Charitable Gift

The 2017 Tax Season is now over, but it’s never too early to start your end-of-year planning to save taxes in the coming year. Did you know that you can use your required minimum distributions from a traditional IRA to

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Advance Medical Directives- One Size Fits All?

This week is National Health Care Decision Week.  It is a perfect time to think about making sure you have someone who can legally make health care decisions for you if you become ill and lack the mental capacity to

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Estate Planning Essentials

I have a will. Why do I need anything else? Having only a will may not be the best plan for you and your family.  A will does not avoid probate when you die.  A will must be filed and

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National Health Care Decisions Day is April 16th.  This day is designated by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. Advance care planning involves making

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How to Avoid Florida Probate on Your Vacant Land

 Probate is the name of the court process for passing ownership of a deceased person’s property to his or her beneficiaries. For real estate, there are two types of probate administration under Florida law: formal administration and summary administration. Even

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Is Your Medical Directive Worth the Paper It’s Written On?

I am often asked to review client’s existing medical directives.  (sometimes called a Health Care Power of Attorney or Designation of Health Care Surrogate) They don’t always work. Here are the most common problems with these documents: The document was

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Special Needs Trusts

It is important for estate planning lawyers to be able to assist persons with disabilities.  A common problem for persons with disabilities is unemployment or underemployment.  Therefore, their available funds may be the only resources they will have throughout their

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What is the Difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Although the names sound similar, Medicaid and Medicare are very different government programs.  Medicare is an “entitlement” health insurance program which makes health insurance available to all individuals over the age of 65 who have paid their Medicare taxes.  It

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