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Prevent Isolation By Accessing Loved Ones In Facilities in Florida

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Prevent Isolation By Accessing Loved Ones In Facilities in Florida

Governor Desantis’ Order 20-009 Allows Us To Visit Loved Ones Again–And Help With The Devastating Effects of Isolation. The pandemic has been especially hard on our special loved ones in facilities, who are missing their family and friends.  The isolation is hitting those in memory care units and skilled nursing especially hard. Of course, we suffer as well with not being to hold and visit with our loved ones. Sadly, my amazing grandmother was a victim of the isolation during the pandemic. She was 102 years young and the light...

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Durable Power of Attorney: The Document You Need Right Now

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in Estate Planning, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Durable Power of Attorney: The Document You Need Right Now

The Durable Power Of Attorney is the most important document that we, as attorneys, draft for our clients.    If you reach the age of 70, you have an 80-85% chance of becoming incapacitated before you die (yes, for women, it is 85%, sorry gents!). This means you need a trusted person as your Agent under your Durable Power Of Attorney to take care of financial decision-making if/when you cannot. If you do not have a Durable Power Of Attorney, and bills need to be paid, or managed (let’s say you get the corona virus and...

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Asset Management: Avoid Adding People Onto Your Accounts As A Joint Account Holder

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Estate Planning, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asset Management: Avoid Adding People Onto Your Accounts As A Joint Account Holder

How To Title Your Assets So They Are Distributed The Way You Intend   Unfortunately this happens on a regular basis. And it may cause some unexpected problems with maintaining control of your assets. Here is a scenario: You are having health care issues or lost a spouse and need some help. Your banker, trying to be helpful, suggests adding your daughter to your accounts. These accounts may hold the majority of your assets. You may not realize making her a joint account holder gives her unlimited access to the accounts. In...

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Use An Enhanced Life Estate Deed To Avoid Probate

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in Probate FAQ, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Use An Enhanced Life Estate Deed To Avoid Probate

  Why You Want To Avoid Probate Almost all of our clients at The Miller Elder Law Firm want to know how to pass assets, including property, to their children (or other beneficiaries) without the expense or delay of a formal probate process in Court. The goal is to avoid probate. We often recommend the use of an enhanced life estate deed, which is unique to Florida. A Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed can avoid probate for your real property, speed up the transfer of a property to loved ones upon your death, maintain your continued...

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Wills Or Trusts: Which Is The Right Fit For You?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wills Or Trusts: Which Is The Right Fit For You?

Questions To Answer “Wills Or Trusts?” To make the right choice, there are some very important questions and discussions that need to happen to make the right decision. Questions We Ask To Determine If You Should Do A Will Or Trust: Is this a second marriage? Do you have kids by a first marriage Do you have property in another state? Do you assets exceed 3.5 million? Do you have a special needs child? Do you have a child in financial difficulty or a shaky marriage? These answers will help us determine if a trust is the best fit...

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The Aging Brain: The Reason Seniors Are Most Vulnerable To Scams

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Exploitation, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Aging Brain: The Reason Seniors Are Most Vulnerable To Scams

by Shannon Miller, ESQ. The Snake Oil Salesman has existed in society from the beginning preying on those who were old, weak, or compromised in some way. Unfortunately, the increased demand for Alexa, Zoom and social media as delivery methods for the snake oil sales pitch coupled with a thinning of the cortical insula in the brain as we age has created the Perfect Storm for exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens. And these attacks can be devastating– 80% of our nation’s wealth is held by those over the age of 65, which can be...

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What To Do And Not To Do With Your Estate Planning Documents

Posted by on Jul 29, 2020 in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Shannon Miller | Comments Off on What To Do And Not To Do With Your Estate Planning Documents

Shannon Miller, founder of The Miller Elder Law Firm, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney talks about what to do with your estate planning documents. A common question I get in my practice is “I have an estate plan in place, my affairs are in order, now what do I do with it?” First of all, congratulations! 50% of Americans do not have an estate plan. You are on the right track for planning many events you will experience as an older adult. The better the planning, the easier the decision making process will...

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Legal Documents You Need If You Get COVID-19

Posted by on Jul 20, 2020 in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Legal Documents You Need If You Get COVID-19

Elder Law Attorney Shannon Miller Walks You Through The Legal Documents You Need   Shannon Miller, Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney and founder of The Miller Elder Law Firm talks about steps to take during COVID-19 to get your legal documents in order. We have had many phone calls at our office asking “What do I do if I get the virus?” and I would like to address these issues head on to help you through the process. As we know, the older population is at higher risk to become sick which could result in...

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Nursing Home Facilities: Family Communication During COVID

Posted by on Jul 15, 2020 in Elder Law, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nursing Home Facilities: Family Communication During COVID

    Tips On Staying In Touch With Loved Ones In A Nursing Home During COVID -19 “Help, I have not heard from my Mom in three weeks and I normally hear from her every day. What should I do?” Some of our clients have contacted the firm regarding not being able to get in touch with their loved ones or the nursing home facility staff. This prompted us to put together some tips on how to make sure they are safe and cared for properly. 1. Request a care plan meeting This meeting involves the staff that care for your loved one...

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Estate Planning: A New Process During COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Estate Planning | Comments Off on Estate Planning: A New Process During COVID-19

No Contact Options For Signing Estate Planning Documents COVID-19 is a very serious threat and we understand the need to protect our clients, who are often more vulnerable than others due to their age and pre-existing conditions. We are getting many inquiries about estate planning stimulated by the “what if” scenario.  “What if I get sick, have to be on a ventilator for weeks at a time, or die–how will my family know how to handle my affairs?”  We encourage everyone to use this time to work through estate...

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