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Why Comprehensive Special Needs Planning is Critical for You and Your Family

You know there are many legal considerations involved when you are planning for a loved one with special needs. From government benefits and accessing specialists to care management and advocacy, you may find yourself pulled in a myriad of directions. The secret to success? Don’t put off the comprehensive special needs planning you need. We

 

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Estate Planning Essentials For LGBTQ+ Families

Did you know that, on June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage, thereby requiring states to provide same-sex couples with the same access to estate planning, tax, medical and other important benefits as heterosexual couples? While this decision may have made estate planning

 

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Why a Prenuptial Agreement Does Not Matter to Medicaid Planning

A common question, which arises as couples conduct Medicaid planning is, when one spouse is placed in a nursing home, will the couple’s prenuptial agreement shelter the non-care receiving, community spouse’s assets? In a nutshell, the answer to this question is no, but the topic warrants further discussion. The state is not a party to

 

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Congratulations, Danielle, on Being Named a Super Lawyer for 2021

Did you know that Attorney Danielle Faller has been named a Super Lawyer for 2021? An honor bestowed only on those who undergo a rigorous selection process, Super Lawyer status is something to be celebrated. With its patented multiphase selection process, Super Lawyers uses both peer nominations as well as independent research to find the

 

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Congratulations Emma on Your Inclusion in the Top 50 Florida Women Super Lawyers List

Have you heard that Attorney Emma Hemness has made the Top 50 Florida Women Super Lawyers List for 2021? A great honor granted to a limited number of practicing attorneys, Super Lawyers are nominated by peers and undergo a rigorous selection process. The professional honors and accomplishments of each nominee are thoroughly scrutinized as are

 

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Three Ways You Can Help Keep The Disabled And Elderly Safe In Florida

Did you know that, unfortunately, every year about 5 million older adults are abused or neglected? It  is estimated that annually, older adults lose an estimated $2.6 million as a result of financial abuse and exploitation. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 and it can be an important time to concentrate our efforts

 

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VA Announces Great News for Early Vietnam Veterans (and Their Survivors) Affected by Agent Orange

The Veterans Administration announced that it will begin reviewing previously denied claims for disability for a specific category of Veterans arising from their service during the early years of the Vietnam Conflict.  These veterans are known as the Blue Water Navy Veterans.  These soldiers were denied service-connected disability compensation because they did not have “boots

 

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Are You Personally Liable for Acting as a Power of Attorney?

In my opinion, the single most important legal document one can have while alive is a Durable Power of Attorney. It is a necessary part of everyone’s estate planning. It is the document designed to help one avoid having to be placed under a court-ordered guardianship if one loses his or her mental capacity and

 

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