Nursing Home Costs See Biggest Increase in 13 Years

The cost of long-term care just keeps going up. Those are the findings of the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey, released last month by Genworth Financial. “Our population is aging, living longer, and not prepared,” said David O’Leary, President and CEO of Genworth’s US Life division. […]

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Estate Planning Tips For Families That Include Persons With Disabilities

Estate Planning for families that include persons with disabilities requires special attention, and will typically include preparation of a trust that is designed to supplement available government benefits. These trusts are often referred to as Supplemental Needs Trusts. Understanding the pitfalls associated with supplemental needs planning is […]

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Memory Loss and Lack of Capacity

According to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative,* approximately 12% of Florida’s senior population has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Obviously, the number of undiagnosed cases, and the number of persons dealing with other memory disorders is much higher. I frequently have interactions with […]

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Happy Senior Citizens’ Day

Yesterday, August 21, 2017, was a day not only to be an eclipse watcher, but also a day to honor your friends and family members that have earned the right to be known as a Senior Citizen. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation creating National […]

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“Should I Quitclaim My House to My Kids?”

“Should I Quitclaim My House to My Kids?” I was asked this question recently at a social event, followed by the explanation that “someone told me that if I just add my adult kids to my house with a quitclaim deed, I can avoid probate.” Like most […]

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Lessons Brought Home

Lessons Brought Home I learned some lessons recently, which I would like to share. I grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, in a house on 12th Avenue, next door to my parents’ business, the Manning Funeral Home. Living with a funeral home next door, and being raised by […]

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Homestead – A Legal Chameleon

Homestead – A Legal Chameleon Clients often raise questions about homestead law. This is hardly surprising. Homestead is very confusing. In a 2007 case, homestead law was described as “the leading cause of cerebral herniation” and a “legal chameleon.” Homestead law is actually a series of laws, […]

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Learning Lessons From Real Cases

Learning Lessons From Real Cases I am repeatedly advising clients that an estate plan’s purpose is likely to fail if the plan is not maintained. Continued attention to proper titling of your assets is vital. A case recently decided in the Florida District Court of Appeal (First […]

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Welcome to the Miami Estate Plans Blog

Welcome to the Miami Estate Plans Blog Please visit us often as we will be posting useful information on a regular basis.

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