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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...

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016

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Estate Planning

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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...

Posted by on May 22, 2016

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Elder Law

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Health Care Surrogate: A Legislative Update

This is the first part of a series of blog posts about the changes in elder law during this year’s legislative session with many of these laws going into effect on or before October 1, 2015.  The update presents changes in the law regarding designation of Health Care Surrogate. Background Information about Advance Directives by the Florida Bar: The Florida Legislature has recognized that every competent adult has the fundamental right of self-determination regarding decisions pertaining to his or her own health, including...

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

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In The News

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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...

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What “Alice” Wants To Tell You About Alzheimer’s

As an Elder Law attorney in Gainesville, I always seize the opportunity to increase awareness as it relates to dementia and Alzheimers.  With the media attention on the movie “Still Alice” as Julianne Moore wins the best actress Oscar, it’s the perfect time to discuss the fear, confusion, panic, and dread that Alzheimers brings and lessons we can take away.  I would also note that Glen Campbell has also been nominated for an Oscar. He is in the final stages of his Alzheimer’s disease, but what an...

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