A Brief Guide to Special Needs Trusts

When going through the estate planning process, it can become overwhelming to see all the different types of trusts, and determining which ones you will need. Taking a moment to learn about what special needs trusts are, and how they can be used, is essential for many families. This blog post is written specifically to give individuals and families a good introduction to this particular type of trust. Who Needs a Read More

Elder Law and Estate Planning: What’s the Difference?

In all legal fields there are a lot of complicated and confusing terms that are used, and the meanings are often confused by people who aren’t familiar with the law. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to elder law and estate planning. These two areas of the law are often mistaken for each other or used interchangeably. However, they are actually distinct from each other and each has different practical Read More

5 Common Signs of Dementia

Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to give any specific medical or legal advice. If you have any questions about dementia or any medical condition, you should consult with a licensed medical professional. Dementia is a condition that many people fear as they get older. While there is currently no cure, with an early diagnosis there is quite a bit that can be done to help slow its progress and ensure proper Read More

Understanding Florida Do Not Resuscitate Orders and its Place in Estate Planning

Just about everyone has heard of do not resuscitate orders, also known as DNRs. These are important legal documents that can prevent unwanted medical intervention from being performed as you or a loved one is approaching the end of life. While most people have at least a general understanding of what DNRs are, it is important to ensure you have accurate information so you can decide when it is right to have one in Read More

Estate Planning 101: The Powers of Attorney

When going through the estate planning process, you will likely hear about “powers of attorney” as an important part of a good plan. Having a good understanding of what it is and why it is important can help ensure you are prepared to make the right decisions for you, your family, and your estate. Read on to get answers to some common questions about this important legal process. What are powers of Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Estate Planning NOW!

Many people have the mistaken idea that estate planning is only for the very rich, or those who are approaching the end of their life. The reality is, however, that nothing could be further from the truth. The sooner you start your estate planning, the more options you will have available to you. Whether you are 20 or 80, now is the best time to start your estate planning, and here are some key reasons why. As Read More

Youth is Wasted on the Young: 5 Tips and Tricks on How to Age with Grace

Each year billions of dollars are spent by people on anti-aging products, plastic surgery, and many other products in an attempt to stay the aging process and to look younger than they are. Billions more are spent fighting diseases that would have been preventable if people had lived a healthier lifestyle while they were younger. Whether you’re still in your youth, or you are getting up in years, now is the best time Read More

Why Draft a Living Will?

When it comes to estate planning, almost everyone knows what a will is. Most people, however, aren’t really familiar with a living will. A living will is a fairly simple document that lays out your wishes for what should happen should you become incapacitated. In essence, what a normal will does when you’re deceased, a living will does while you’re still alive but unable to convey your wishes. There are many Read More

A Brief Guide to Obtaining a Guardianship in Florida

When an adult is unable to make decisions on their own, either due to mental disability, severe injury, or other circumstances, Florida courts can appoint someone as their guardian. A guardian is able to make personal, medical, and/or financial decisions on behalf of their ward. The type of decisions that a guardian can make will depend on the severity of the impairment of their ward. In some cases, guardians only Read More

Estate Planning 101: What is a Revocable Living Trust?

A revocable living trust, which is often just called a living trust, is a legal tool that is created to ‘hold’ the assets of an individual. This individual, known as a grantor, can control and manage all the assets placed within the trust, or they can assign another party to do this on their behalf. Having assets held in a trust like this can provide a variety of different benefits both now, and after the grantor has Read More