Newsletter – October 2020

  • October 14, 2020
  • Elder Law Associates

Read our October 2020 newsletter below or click here. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us or call 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850.

, Honoring Caregivers for Special Needs Law Month
Greetings!

With October being Special Needs Law Month, we want to send a special shout out and thank you to all of the caregivers out there. These largely unsung heroes, many of them family members, not only give their time, kindness, love and support willingly to their loved ones with special needs, but also serve as their chief advocates, companions, guardians, decision-makers, money managers, drivers, social directors, and so much more. We created a special video (see above) about caregiving just for you. You can watch it here. We thank you for all that you do to help enhance the quality of life for your loved ones.

Elder Law Associates PA is honored to work with many people with special needs and their family members and caregivers on special needs planning, such as setting up comprehensive care plans, so your loved ones will not be at risk from estate taxes or the long-term care costs of caregiving. We can assist your loved ones with applying and qualifying for Medicaid. We can help set up an asset protection plan, Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Needs Trust, and we can create a durable power of attorney, designation of health care surrogate and living will, as well as help you apply for guardianship for your loved one with disabilities or special needs. For more information, please contact us.

Inside this month’s newsletter, our Associate Attorney Cassandra Jelincic, Esq. discusses what happens if you die with and without a Last Will and Testament in place. We also update you on the latest scams today affecting seniors (and everyone!). Did you know that scams cost elder Americans a whopping $3 billion a year? We also created a video on one of the most important advance directives you can have – a designation of health care surrogate – a legal document that names a person who can make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to due to illness or injury. Finally, if you are buying or selling a home in Florida, you’ll want to find out more about Florida deeds here. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call (561) 750-3850 or 1-800-ELDERLAW to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. Enjoy a healthy, safe and happy Halloween! 

Ellen S. Morris, Esq. & Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP
Partners, Elder Law Associates PA
By Cassandra Jelincic, Associate Attorney, Elder Law Associates PA

Estate planning attorneys are approached daily by individuals who have lost a loved one. When I am approached by a potential client in this situation, I offer my condolences and ask the BIG question: Did they have a Last Will and Testament? That question alone will dictate the rest of the case. That’s because there are two types of estate administration:

  1. An intestate estate, where an individual dies without a will and the state’s statute will kick in to dictate how the estate should be administered; or
  2. A testate administration, or an estate that will be administered pursuant to a decedent’s wishes left in a Will.

Should someone die “intestate,” or without a Will, Florida Statutes clearly delineate .. Read More
The National Council on Aging, the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, AARP, state attorneys general and many other organizations have been writing about senior scams and elder fraud for years, but unfortunately, older adults are still being bilked out of $3 billion each year due to scams. It’s so common, in fact, that elder exploitation is now considered the crime of the 21st century. Why are our elders being targeted like this? Read More
What You Need to Know About Florida Deeds
Deeds are used to convey the legal interest in real estate from the existing owner (known as the grantor or seller) to the new owner (known as the grantee or buyer).

In order to validly convey title to real property, it must be done in writing, thus the conveyance by way of a legal document known as a deed. There are a variety of deeds used to convey real property. In the elder law and estate planning context, Elder Law Associates PA assists our clients with the conveyance of real property … READ MORE
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The information contained in this newsletter has been prepared by Elder Law Associates PA, presents general information, is for informational purposes only, and is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Before acting on any of the information presented, you should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. 

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