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End of Life Options: New Developments

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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End-of-Life Conversations: Difficult for Doctors Too

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

We all know end-of-life discussions are difficult for families.  We recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day to bring awareness to advance care planning and encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.  And the urgency for these end-of-life conversations is sooner rather than later. Doctors Struggle With End-of-Life Discussions NPR presents an article that tells the other side of the story: the struggle for the doctors that are caring for...

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Advance Directives: Promoting Awareness on April 16

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Planning For Care At End Of Life With Advance Directives The Miller Elder Law Firm brings awareness to April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance directives planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for April 16, 2016 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” A key goal of NHDD...

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Taxes: Tips for Seniors

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in In The News | 0 comments

Learning About Taxes Relevant to Seniors An Article From Elder Law Answers. Taxes are due April 15th and it is time to finish crossing T’s and dotting I’s in completion of your taxes. You want to make sure you file all the proper forms and take all deductions you’re entitled to. Following are some things to keep in mind as you prepare your tax form. Gifts. Did you give away any money this year? The gift tax can be very confusing. If you gave away more than $14,000 in 2015, you will have to file a Form 709, the gift tax...

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Seniors: Helping Them With A Budget

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Exploitation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys publishes a monthly newsletter for consumers, ElderSmarts, to give seniors and their families tips on how to recognize and protect themselves from financial scams. It also offers budgeting tips.The Miller Elder Law Firm is a member of AFELA and would like to share this information with the seniors in our community. Why Do Seniors Need A Budget? Budgeting is often seen as a scary word and a very complicated practice. Yet budgeting is a great tool for ensuring financial stability and protecting...

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