October 12, 2020

Top 10 Florida Medicaid Application Mistakes

When applying for Florida Medicaid to help pay for assisted living costs, submitting an accurate and truthful application is critical in determining eligibility. Below are the top ten mistakes that often lead to a denial of such benefits. #1 Out-dated or Inadequate Durable Powers of Attorney Documentation One of the top mistakes that many make […]

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April 26, 2021

Medicaid Planning

As medical technologies continue to extend our lives longer than ever before, the need for long-term care has reached a fever pitch in our country. Millions of Americans rely on Medicaid to help afford the costs related to such care. This strain on the system has forced the government to enact more stringent requirements for […]

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May 26, 2021

What is a Personal Services Contract?

Under Florida Medicaid program guidelines, individuals have to meet specific income eligibility limits to qualify. Those who own a significant value in assets may need to find more creative ways to plan ahead and not exceed these limits. This is often accomplished through the creating of irrevocable trusts to hold this property to make them […]

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January 10, 2022

What is a Miller Trust?

When a Medicaid application exceeds the income limits for Medicaid, a Miller trust can provide a solution to help them still qualify. These are typically drawn up by an experienced Florida Medicaid planning attorney so that you can set it up at your bank. The primary function of this trust is to hold the excess […]

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January 19, 2022

Income Sources That Count Toward Your Medicaid Eligibility in Florida

When you or a loved one need long-term care benefits provided by Medicaid, you have to pass several tests to qualify. You will first undergo a medical-necessity test to verify that you actually need long-term care during your application process. This usually requires your doctor to certify that the assistance you’re applying for is necessary […]

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February 3, 2022

Advance Directives and Why a Designation of Healthcare Surrogate is so Important

Time and time again, it has been said that it is better to “have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” Advanced directives are one of those things. Advance Directives include a Designation of Healthcare Surrogate, Power of Attorney, Living Will, and HIPAA Release. According to Florida Statute 765.10, […]

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February 10, 2022

Are Handwritten Wills Valid in Florida?

If you have not thought about planning for the future with a will yet, your first thought may be to just write one down and store it away. That should work, right? Well, not quite! Writing your own will and signing towards the end is sometimes called a “holographic will.” One may think, if it […]

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February 23, 2022

How To Find the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved Ones

In life we have many choices – luckily, when it comes to choosing the right nursing home for your loved one, there are several to choose from! Nursing homes are able to provide around-the-clock care to seniors who may need specialized assistance or cannot live on their own anymore and making this decision is extremely […]

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March 10, 2022

Estate Planning for the Aging Population

You are never “too young” or “too old” to think about or begin estate planning. No matter your age or how many assets you have, estate planning is for everyone.  However, certain times in an individual’s life may create more of an urgency to begin the planning process, such as retirement or being diagnosed with […]

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March 10, 2022

What is an Elder Law Attorney?

Most individuals do not know what an elder law attorney is, what they do or when they will need one.  Surprisingly, an elder law attorney is able to help you in more ways than you think!  We are experienced in creating estate plans but the focus isn’t just on what happens when you’re gone – […]

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