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Advocating For Florida’s Aging Adults

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Elder Law, Exploitation, Shannon Miller | 0 comments

Introducing the North Central Florida Senior Advocacy Network As an attorney advocating daily for the rights of our aging adults, I often utilize the programs of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs through Elder Options, the ombudsman program and various other programs supported by this state department.  The services they provide make a significant impact on a group of aging adults who may fall through the cracks based on income and assessability. The mission of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is to help Florida’s aging...

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Your Estate Plan: 10 Reasons To Review

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Include An Estate Plan Review Since tax codes, health, relationships, and assets can change, all affecting the integrity of your estate plan, you need to review it every five years. And, since January is often a time to review, reflect, and do, it’s the right time to re-assess your estate plan. to make sure it still meets your goals. Here are some reasons you may need to modify your estate plan: There has been a change in your marital status (many states have laws that revoke part or all of...

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Senior Safety In The Winter

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seniors Vulnerable During Winter Season Although winter in Florida doesn’t bring snow and ice (that’s why we live here), senior safety is still important. Seniors and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during this season and should take extra precautions to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature conjures up. Senior Safety Tips for Caregivers and Friends: Check-in on elderly family and neighbors. If you’re at all concerned about someone’s safety, don’t let him or her put you off. Stop by if you can. Check...

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Health Care Agent: Who Not To Choose

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Carefully Select Your Health Care Agent by Shannon Miller, Esq. Since aging is inevitable along with the physical, mental and emotional changes that come with it, we must be prepared to take care of business if we become incapacitated.  I believe that everyone deserves an end of life that is defined by them and in order for this to happen, you must have some legal documents in place. Having a well thought out plan listing who you want to act in your stead (your agent) and the guidelines you wish to be followed are outlined in a health care...

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Power of Attorney: Who Not To Choose

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Estate Planning, Shannon Miller | 0 comments

Carefully Select Your Power Of Attorney Agent by Shannon Miller, Esq. Though many of us fight aging, we know it’s inevitable. We all wish to move through the process of aging with a sense of security that our wishes will be carried out properly.  We fear the consequences of aging like loss of mental clarity, chronic health conditions and the inability to live life independently.   These situations can leave us unable to handle the business of life: paying bills, managing investments, and making key financial decisions .  Having a...

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Grandparents Day: Reflecting On Their Role

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Shannon Miller | 0 comments

What Makes My Gramma So Special By Shannon Miller, Granddaughter To celebrate National Grandparents Day, I want to share my “Gramma” with you as I reflect on her influence in my life. I am so happy that my grandmother moved to Florida in 2014 for the last few years of her life.  She is 98.  She and I are here together weathering Hermine. Grandma’s first Hurricane.     My grandmother was an amazing influence on me during my childhood, insisting on my learning names of flowers, trees and birds.  I am now a bird nerd to...

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Phone Scam Warning for Floridians

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Exploitation, In The News | 0 comments

Department of Elder Affairs Warns Floridians of Phone Scam Beware of aggressive callers posing as senior service providers In a press release dated August 30, 2016, Department of Elder Affairs located in Tallahassee issued a warning for Florida residents about a recent phone scam. Florida residents need to watch out for scam artists who are allegedly making calls pretending to be the Department or an organization they refer to as Senior Services. These callers are using a method known as “spoofing” to make it appear on Caller ID as if the...

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Financial Scams: Fake Checks

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Exploitation | 0 comments

How To Avoid Financial Scams Although many times we read about scams happening to other people, we never think it will happen to us.  Here’s a local story that will make us aware of scams in our own backyards. Last week one of our clients sent us an email about a check she received in the mail. This is her inquiry to Miller Elder Law Firm. “Yesterday in our mail I received the check you see below.  We thought it might be something from one of our investments so I wrote to our financial advisor and sent him a copy of the check....

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Financial Exploitation: Interview About The New Law

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Exploitation | 0 comments

Sharing Her Expertise in Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Miller Elder Law Firm Founder, Shannon Miller, ESQ., was recently interviewed about her expertise in financial exploitation of the elderly by Juan C. Antúnez for his blog “Probate & Trust Litigation Blog.”  Mr. Antunez is a partner with Stokes McMillan Antúnez P.A., a boutique trusts and estates law firm located in Miami, Florida. Shannon M. Miller of The Miller Elder Law Firm, PA, in Gainesville, Florida is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney and...

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Power of Attorney: Serve Responsibly

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Help for Agents Under a Durable Power of Attorney in Florida Like many people, you may never have been an agent under a durable power of attorney before. Managing Someone Else’s Money: Help for agents under a durable power of attorney in Florida is a guide published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help you understand what you can and cannot do in your role as an agent. In that role, you are a fiduciary. For this guide, a fiduciary is anyone named to manage money or property for someone else. You’ll find brief tips to help...

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