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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...

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020

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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...

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020

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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...

Posted by on Jul 29, 2020

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Elder Law, Estate Planning, Shannon Miller

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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...

Posted by on Jul 20, 2020

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Elder Law, Estate Planning, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized

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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...

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020

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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...

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018

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Estate Planning, Shannon Miller, Uncategorized, Wills

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