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What is the difference between dementia and alzheimer’s disease?

What is the difference between alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Dementia is a group of symptoms characterized by impairment in at least two or more domains of cognitive function such as loss of memory or judgment. Dementia is a clinical syndrome that can result from many different diseases including huntington’s disease, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s disease and Read More

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Can the Homestead Exemption Apply to a Mobile Home in Probate?

The homestead exemption in Florida can protect a home from creditor claims when it meets certain requirements. Pursuant to the Florida constitution in Article X, Section 4(a), real property can qualify as a homestead “if located outside a municipality, to the extent of one hundred sixty acres of contiguous land and improvements there […]; or Read More

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2018 Year in Review – Lehn Law, P.A. is Wrapping up 2018 and Ready for 2019

While you are spending time reading online about 2018 lists, reviews, and top this and that, Lehn Law, P.A. enjoyed a year end luncheon to wrap up our 2018. We hope you had as good of a 2018 as we did. We started out the year at new office locations for both our Port Charlotte 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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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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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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What if the Will is Not Self-Proving?

In a previous blog, we discussed the need for a will to be self-proving. In other words, that the will include an acknowledgment or affidavit by the person whose will it is and two witnesses. But what if the will you need to probate isn’t self-proving? It depends on the circumstances. If the decedent, person Read More

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