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Shannon Miller Earns Florida Super Lawyers Designation

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Elder Law, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shannon Miller Earns Florida Super Lawyers Designation

Florida Super Lawyers Top List Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Florida via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. The Florida lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Florida Super Lawyers Top Lists. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible,...

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Your Estate Plan For Minor Children: Why It’s A Necessity

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Estate Planning, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized, Wills | Comments Off on Your Estate Plan For Minor Children: Why It’s A Necessity

By Shannon Miller Who will raise my children upon my death? Even though only half of Americans say they have a will, couples with minor children should have a will if they wish to name who should care for their children and manage the assets. If there has not been an estate plan, a guardianship established by the court will be required and the court will decide who will have custody of the children and how the assets will be managed including how the monies will be spent. In addition, the court must distribute all funds left in guardianship to...

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Estate Planning: 5 Strategies To Start The Conversation With Our Aging Parents

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Elder Law, Estate Planning | Comments Off on Estate Planning: 5 Strategies To Start The Conversation With Our Aging Parents

By Shannon Miller, Esq. Estate planning and advance directives can be difficult topics for our aging parents. Eileen’s story will outline how to get the conversation started. Eileen contacted me to discuss concerns about her aging parent’s estate plan. She had no idea what her parent’s assets were, how the assets were titled, or if they even had an estate plan, power of attorney, or advance directives. She wasn’t sure if her parents had $100,000 or $10 million because they were very private about their assets...

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Elder Law Update: How Attorneys Can Protect Seniors

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Elder Law, Exploitation, Shannon Miller | Comments Off on Elder Law Update: How Attorneys Can Protect Seniors

Significant Updates In Florida Elder Law by Shannon Miller, Esq. It has come to my attention there are several important issues/law changes that many of you may not be aware of related to elder and special needs law and our expanding senior population of clients, no matter what area of law you practice in! I would like to detail some of these changes that may be of significance to you in your practices, as well as for you and possibly your aging parents. Our goal is to protect seniors. Protect Seniors From Exploitation The revamping of the...

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Advocating For Florida’s Aging Adults

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Elder Law, Exploitation, Shannon Miller | Comments Off on Advocating For Florida’s Aging Adults

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 | Comments Off on Your Estate Plan: 10 Reasons To Review

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 | Comments Off on Senior Safety In The Winter

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 | Comments Off on Health Care Agent: Who Not To Choose

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 | Comments Off on Power of Attorney: Who Not To Choose

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 | Comments Off on Grandparents Day: Reflecting On Their Role

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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