Elder Law & Long-Term Care Planning Blog

We keep you updated with Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, and Medicaid news that affects you and your loved ones in Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida, and beyond.

The Importance of Living Wills

A Living Will, also known as an advance directive, is a legal document that outlines your preferences regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care if you become unable to communicate your wishes. In Florida, having a clear and legally valid Living Will is vital to ensure your healthcare decisions align with your values and beliefs.

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What You Need To Know About Guardianships and Conservatorships in Florida

Over the past few years, the scenario of guardianships and conservatorships have been front line in the media and news. It’s important for the public to understand the differences between the two, and not be misguided by other information.  Guardianships and Conservatorships in Florida deal with two completely different situations and can not be used interchangeably.  Guardianship In Florida Family members or other parties may petition a Florida court for control over an adult that

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Types of Trusts in Elder Law

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to safeguard our assets and ensure their smooth transition to our loved ones. Trusts offer a versatile and effective tool in achieving these goals.

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Tax Deductions in Elder Law

As we navigate through the intricate landscape of elder law, it’s essential to stay informed about tax deductions associated with assisted living and estate planning, especially considering our Florida-based clientele.

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Life Before Legacy Estate Planning

We’re here to shed light on a fundamental aspect of estate planning that often gets overlooked – Long Term Care. In our journey through life, anticipating and addressing the need for long term care is not only a financial consideration but a compassionate and strategic approach to securing a comfortable future. Let’s explore together why long term care planning is a crucial part of our comprehensive estate planning services. 1. The Changing Demographics: Our society

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Navigating Tomorrow: Signs, Planning, and Your Future 

As the seasons change, it’s a timely reminder to reflect on the transitions in our lives and those we care about. At Friedman Elder Law and Estate Planning Department, we understand the importance of recognizing signs and planning for the future. Noticing Signs: A Key to Informed Planning Life’s journey unfolds in unpredictable ways, and subtle signs can signal changes in our health, family dynamics, and financial situations. In this edition, we delve into the

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The Medicaid Five-Year Look-Back Period: A Guide for Families 

As we age, long-term care costs can become a considerable financial burden for individuals and their families. Medicaid, a joint federal and state program, can cover these costs for a person who could not otherwise afford care. However, applying for Medicaid benefits is a complex process and overwhelming for most.  One of the more well-known but often misunderstood policies is the Medicaid Five-Year Look-Back Period. Before applying for Medicaid benefits, it is important to understand

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Navigating Nursing Home Care Costs: What does Medicaid Pay When you Need Care in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living?

As we age, it is important to consider the possibility of needing long-term care, especially as health changes may eventually make it challenging to live independently. Nursing homes can provide the necessary care and support, but the costs associated with nursing facilities can be overwhelming for many families. There is an option for those concerned about the cost of long-term care and looking to protect their own or a loved one’s assets.  Medicaid, a government

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Can a Nursing Home Evict a Resident for Nonpayment?

As parents age and require special care, many families turn to nursing homes to make sure their loved ones get the support they need. However, concerns about the possibility of eviction, discharge, or transfer can add stress to an already challenging time. In this article, we explore the legal aspects of nursing home evictions in Florida, focusing on the rights of residents, when a nursing home can evict a resident for nonpayment, and when a

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Getting Paid as a Caregiver for Elderly Family Members in Florida

When it comes to providing care for elderly family members, many family members or friends step in to offer their assistance. Some potential care providers may not know that there are opportunities for financial assistance and you can get paid as a caregiver. In Florida, these rules intersect with state Medicaid and the complex regulations surrounding the state’s Medicaid home and community-based care programs. It is essential to navigate these legalities carefully, as improper handling

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