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End-of-Life Conversations: Difficult for Doctors Too

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...

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

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Taxes: Tips for Seniors

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,...

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016

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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan established National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month which is recognized in November.  At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. We are fortunate to have the National Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) who mission is a world without Alzheimer’s. Advancing research, providing care and support for those...

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

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Helping Older Drivers: CarFit Program

Our goal at The Miller Elder Law Firm is to provide resources for aging adults, not only legal information, but also quality of life issues to help this population lead healthy lives. Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seat belts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. CarFit is an educational program created by the American...

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015

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End Of Life Choices: Brittany Maynard One Year Later

You may remember our blog post last year sharing the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old young woman with aggressive terminal brain cancer and a prognosis of death in the following few weeks. She decided to relocate to Oregon from California to take advantage of Oregon’s death with dignity law which allows terminally ill Oregon residents to obtain and use prescriptions from their physicians for self-administered, lethal medications. Brittany’s message was clear– death with dignity gave her a choice about end of...

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015

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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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