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Probate: Is Homestead Property A Probate Asset

Preparing for Probate: Is Homestead Property A Probate Asset? The answer is “yes” and “no” If a homestead property is established and meets Florida eligibility requirements, the property can be distributed to the beneficiaries of the decedent free of creditor’s claims.  If the property still has a mortgage, owes money for repairs or homeowners association liens, the homestead protection does not apply in full and those creditors can seek to reclaim that debt.   If an Enhanced Life Estate Deed or...

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015

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Welcome Our New Associate: Areesha Muzaffar

Passionate Traveler.  Determined Optimist. New Associate.   “Areesha Muzaffar is amazingly intelligent, determined, successful.  She is very modest, and hard-working.  She comes from an excellent family, and has been a stable part of our practice for nearly five years. We depend on her, trust her and she is very much a team player, plus she is very interesting and interested.”-Shannon Miller Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Areesha moved to Lake Placid, Florida when she was 10. She fits right in with her driven and...

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015

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Death With Dignity: Personal Stories You Need To Hear

The Debate About Ending Life In the Fall 2014 we posted a blog about one death with dignity story with 29-year old Brittany Maynard and her controversial decision to move to Oregon where the law allows terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of barbituates.  She had an inoperable brain tumor with only months to live and wanted to be able to control her own end-of-life care. The “Death with Dignity Act” is a controversial bill that allows for legal self-euthanasia. It is aimed towards terminally ill patients, who...

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015

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Unplug, Recharge and Watch The Sunsets

An Important Lesson for Caregivers  by Shannon Miller, ESQ http://millerelderlawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/timelapse-sunset.mp4 Last week, I went to a small island off the coast of New Hampshire in the Isle of Shoals.  Now, it may sound glamorous, but trust me, it’s not.  The doors have no locks.  Cold showers are limited to 3 times/week (it used to be one!), and every morning at 7am, singers wake you up…. sometimes with instruments! There are lots of rules on the island, but one of my favorites is NO...

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015

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Guardianship in Florida: Legislative Update

A New, More Protective Guardianship Law Several Elder Law Attorneys from around the state of Florida, including Shannon Miller, ESQ, Miller Elder Law Firm, were instrumental in the passing of this legislation that went into effect in Florida on July 1, 2015.  The overhaul was designed to better protect our most vulnerable citizens, aging adults.             Check out the news story at http://bit.ly/1LHZ64H featuring Elder Law attorney and Miller Elder Law Firm colleague Angela Warren explaining...

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

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Exploitation, Guardianship FAQ

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