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Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth to Baby Boy

A 29 year old woman in a vegetative state gave birth to a son on December 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who resides in a long-term care facility named Hacienda Healthcare, has been non-verbal and incapable of moving independently since she was 3 years old due to a near-drowning accident. Caregivers did not Read More

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Sarasota Silver Alert – 83 year old man with dementia

Mr. William Ferris is 83 years old and has dementia. He was last seen Wednesday morning, January 16, 2019. The authorities believe he may be driving a beige Honda Odyssey van with the Florida license plate of DHUZ64. The van does not have GPS nor does Mr. Ferris have a cellphone. It is thought that Read More

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How do I choose who will be the guardian for my minor children if I die?

Parents of minor children can be rightfully concerned about who will care for their children if they are not able to do so. It would be expected that if one parent is unable to care for the children, custody will go to the other parent. However, what if both parents die or become incapacitated? Who Read More

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Can an estate have two personal representatives?

Some individuals may designate two personal representatives instead of one in their will. Their intentions may be to not hurt any feelings by only choosing one. But having two personal representatives, referred to as joint personal representatives or co-personal representatives complicates a probate administration. Florida probate statute Section 733.615(1) states that “if two or more Read More

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What is the Medicaid Waiver Program?

What happens when a Senior is in need of assistance but not quite ready for a nursing home? In Florida, Medicaid has a program designed for that situation for eligible seniors. The program is called The Medicaid Waiver Program. This program allows seniors to either stay at home, with the assistance of at home help, Read More

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What is the difference between an Executor and a Personal Representative?

When an individual passes away, much needs to done to settle their affairs, which may include liquidating and distributing assets, paying debts and filing tax returns. The person who is entrusted with this responsibility may be called an executor, a personal representative or administrator. These titles all refer to the individual acting in a fiduciary Read More

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What is a Silver Alert?

If you have driven on a Florida highway, you may have seen a sign above the road with the words “SILVER ALERT”.  It may be followed with the description of a vehicle, an individual or both. What is this alert informing us of? The United States has instituted a public notification system to inform the Read More

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How to get a will admitted if it is not self proving?

In a previous blog, we discussed the Florida requirement that a will be self proving. A self proving will must, in addition to the will being signed and dated by the testator, the person whose will it is, includes an acknowledgment should be prepared and signed by the testator and affidavits of the witnesses. The Read More

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Medicare 2019- Premiums and Deductibles

2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, Read More

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What is an Elder Law Attorney? Here’s a video to help

What is an Elder Law Attorney? The Sarasota Professional Group organization had the opportunity to find out. Attorney Joseph Lehn spoke to the group about how he became an Attorney and what sets him apart as an Elder Law Attorney. He educated the group about important legal documents that can assist them now and into Read More

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