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Will Need a Qualified Income Trust?

Will Need a Qualified Income Trust?

If you or a loved one needs long term care, you might have to rely on the Medicaid program to pay for most of the cost of that care. Since nursing home care on average costs over $10,000 per month in Florida, most people do not have enough income to pay that without...

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Understanding UTIs in Aging Adults

Understanding UTIs in Aging Adults

As we age, our bodies go through various changes, and one common issue that can affect older adults is urinary tract infection.  UTIs might not always be easy to recognize in aging adults, but they can have serious consequences if left untreated.  It is important for...

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When to Use Beneficiary Designation Forms

When to Use Beneficiary Designation Forms

A client asked this week whether and when he should use the bank’s offered beneficiary form for his investment account.  While this might seem like an easy question, the answer is “it depends.”   Filling out a beneficiary designation form can change your entire estate...

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Misconceptions About Medicaid

Misconceptions About Medicaid

On a regular basis we meet with families facing long term care issues who make decisions based upon an incomplete understanding of the laws and rules concerning Medicaid. Sometimes the information is obtained from friends and relatives who have navigated the Medicaid...

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Does Medicaid Pay for Memory Care?

Does Medicaid Pay for Memory Care?

Memory care services go beyond traditional long-term care, offering specialized support for individuals experiencing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive impairments.  These secure environments are designed to minimize confusion and maximize resident...

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Incapacity Planning in Florida

Incapacity Planning in Florida

Have you thought about how you would handle a sudden illness or life-threatening injury?  More people are thinking about the implications of the possibility of a bad bout with COVID-19 and where that would leave them legally and financially.  The good news is there...

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How to Declare Florida Your Domicile

How to Declare Florida Your Domicile

Each year it seems that more people move to Florida to enjoy their retirement in our warm weather and low tax rates.  Many come from higher-tax states and may hope to be “let go” by their old home state.  The question of domiciling has two prongs- based on the rules...

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Mental Health in Seniors

Mental Health in Seniors

We’ve reached a time where taking care of your health no longer refers solely to your physical self.  However, for many, addressing mental health as a senior doesn’t come as naturally or easily as physical health.  When it comes to physical health, we know that...

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Holiday with Families

Holiday with Families

We are officially in the time of the year for gathering with our loved ones, including extended families and elders.  While the holidays are a time for celebration, we must be mindful of the potential changes in our older loved ones’ well-being.  Paying attention to...

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Senior Holiday Gift Guide

Senior Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday season is a time for joy, remembrance and the spirit of giving.  Whether you are shopping for a beloved grandparent or parent, this guide will help you find thoughtful and practical gifts that will brighten their holiday season and make their lives more...

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Increases in Long Term Care Costs

Increases in Long Term Care Costs

The aging population is growing at an unprecedented rate worldwide, and with it comes a rising demand for elder care services.  While providing the best possible care for aging loved ones is a top priority for many families, the rising cost of elder care can be...

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Plan Ahead for Aging Alone

Plan Ahead for Aging Alone

An often-overlooked aspect of the aging process relates to those without close relatives.  According to a 2021 Census Bureau report, there are 22.1 million seniors living alone.  Furthermore, the trend has been growing in recent years.  The same report found 15.2...

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Questions about Medicare Open Enrollment?

Questions about Medicare Open Enrollment?

This month, we are in the midst of the open enrollment process for Medicare.  This Medicare blog can clear up some myths, answer some basic questions and get you headed in the right direction.   Enrolling in Medicare Some people get Part A and Part B...

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Informal Estate Plans Bring Problems

Informal Estate Plans Bring Problems

Have you ever thought you could just skip estate planning documents? There are potential traps in trying to DIY your legal work. Often, clients think they have solved their division of assets (after their death) by making up an informal estate plan of their own...

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Elements of Healthy Aging

Elements of Healthy Aging

Elements of Healthy Aging   When we talk about successful or healthy aging, what exactly do we mean?  Who defines that?  Healthy aging has been defined in numerous ways.  Definitions usually include things like disease prevention, high physical and cognitive...

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Don’t Want to Live in a Nursing Home? Then Plan Ahead!

Don’t Want to Live in a Nursing Home? Then Plan Ahead!

Don’t Want to Live in a Nursing Home? Then Plan Ahead! As we age, most of us do not envision ourselves living in a nursing home during the last chapter of our lives.  We assume we will be healthy until our final moments or will have family care for us or hire...

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Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

Estate Planning is one of the crucial steps you can take to help secure your family's financial security.  Many people unknowingly make costly mistakes during this process.  You must understand the risks and pitfalls in order to avoid these errors.  In this blog we...

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DPOA and Medicaid Planning in 2023

DPOA and Medicaid Planning in 2023

 How a Florida Durable Power of Attorney Helps in Medicaid Planning A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is a document that gives a trusted person of your choosing, the “Agent”, legal authority to act on your behalf regarding financial matters.  A DPOA withstands...

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2023 Medicaid Numbers

2023 Medicaid Numbers

How Much Can I Keep if My Spouse is On Medicaid? Nursing home residents receiving Medicaid must meet very strict asset and income limits.  Assets for a nursing home resident on Medicaid may not exceed $2000. But the "well-spouse" or community spouse is not limited to...

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The Hidden Disadvantages in Medicare Advantage

The Hidden Disadvantages in Medicare Advantage

 The Hidden Disadvantages in Medicare Advantage Soon we will be in Medicare “open enrollment” season. Expect to be overwhelmed with all those ads trying to convince you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.  Medicare Advantage, also called a Medicare Part C Plan, is...

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Pet Trusts in Florida

Pet Trusts in Florida

Pet Trusts in Florida Have you given any thought to providing for your pet in case you die? If you are an animal lover, there is a good chance that at some point you will outlive your animal(s). Luckily in Florida we have a statute on point to allow you to pre-plan...

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Common Signs of Elder Abuse

Common Signs of Elder Abuse

Elderly individuals often go through health issues they did not experience when they were younger and may have been unprepared to deal with.   Other seniors might have few living friends, and relatives scattered far from Florida.  This makes aging difficult both...

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