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Phone Scam Warning for Floridians

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Exploitation, In The News | Comments Off on Phone Scam Warning for Floridians

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 | Comments Off on Financial Scams: Fake Checks

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 | Comments Off on Financial Exploitation: Interview About The New Law

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 | Comments Off on Power of Attorney: Serve Responsibly

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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End of Life Options: New Developments

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in In The News | Comments Off on End of Life Options: New Developments

This past week we saw a few developments involving end of life options, one a local story and the other a national story out of California.  Our job is to keep you informed of issues impacting us as we age so we can be prepared, take action, and experience the quality of life we desire. A Local End of Life Story “After enduring great physical pain for several years, Jean lost the strength to keep on living … And, Joe, watching his beloved Jean suffer, was unable to imagine life without her; so they both chose to end their lives...

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Fraud Against Seniors: Top 10 Scams

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fraud Against Seniors: Top 10 Scams

Fighting Fraud-A Special Report For Consumers The United States Senate Special Committee On Aging presents “Fighting Fraud: The Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors” in a 44-page report for consumers.  We will highlight some sections.  For the full report, click here. Our nation’s seniors worked hard their entire lives and saved for retirement. Unfortunately, there are many criminals who target them and seek to rob them of their hard-earned savings. Far too many older Americans are being financially exploited by...

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Elder Abuse: How To Stop It

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Exploitation | Comments Off on Elder Abuse: How To Stop It

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone’s Problem One story: Prosecutors in Seattle charged Christopher Wise with the murder of his mother, Ruby. His crime? Letting her rot to death with eight huge pressure sores, several to the bone, while he played Internet poker and lived off her pension. His excuse? She didn’t want to go to a nursing home or a doctor; he was just respecting her wishes. This is only one example of elder abuse. REPORT ELDER ABUSE – IT’S A CRIME! Call: 1-800-962-2873 | Online at: ReportAbuse.dcf.state.fl.us MISSION of...

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Power of Attorney for Health Care

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Elder Law | Comments Off on Power of Attorney for Health Care

Steps For Establishing Your Power of Attorney A power of attorney allows you to choose someone to make health care decisions for you if you can’t. If you name a health care agent when you are healthy, you will make sure that someone you trust can make health care decisions for you if you become too ill or injured to make them yourself. We would like to share the highlights of the American Bar Association publication to educate our readers about the significance of a power of attorney. The mission of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging is...

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Right To Die or Right To Choose?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Right To Die or Right To Choose?

An Important End of Life Question A provoking conversation with NPR’s host Diane Rehm about her husband’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. When John Rehm could not legally receive medical aid to die comfortably, he followed his doctor’s suggestion and starved himself to death. The experience set Rehm on a path to better understanding medically assisted death and the right to die, which is only legal in a handful of states. Rehm is also preparing to retire this fall, after she turns 80. Her new book is “On My Own.” Diane...

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Older Adults: Celebrating Them In May

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in In The News | Comments Off on Older Adults: Celebrating Them In May

Miller Elder Law Firm recognizes Older American’s Month (OAM) in May along with the Administration for Community Living. OAM acknowledging the contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. The Administration for Community Living will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Older Adults Contribute Older adults are a growing and increasingly...

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