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Alzheimer’s And Dementia Issues In Estate Planning

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are more common than most of us think. Currently, over 6.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and related types of dementia. These are most common among those over 65 years old, but over 200,000 people under 65 in the U.S. also experience dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. As people continue… Read More »

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Overview Of The Probate Process In Florida

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Generally, probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and distributing the deceased’s assets to their beneficiaries. This also involves identifying debts or creditors and paying those claims if they exist. Probate can be confusing, stressful, and time-consuming for those involved, especially if the deceased has no estate planning in place. Some of the main… Read More »

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Preparing A Will In Florida: 5 Things To Know

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

You aren’t alone if you don’t have a will or don’t think you need one. According to one recent study, about 60% of Americans don’t have a will. Most people without a will believe they don’t have an “estate” to plan for or have simply put off planning for end-of-life issues. Admittedly, it is… Read More »

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Crisis Medicaid Planning In Florida: What To Do When Long-Term Care Is An Immediate Concern

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

We tend to think about nursing-home, and special-needs care as a distant prospect to be dealt with at some future time. It is human nature to put off decisions on these matters because there is always more time to plan – until there isn’t. First and foremost will be your concerns about a family… Read More »

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Planning For Special Needs Trusts In Florida

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

For most people, qualifying for Medicaid and SSI can be painstaking and complex, as these “means-tested” programs require an individual to fall below a certain income threshold. These income standards are very low. Anything over essentially poverty-level income can disqualify a person from receiving critical Medicaid or SSI benefits that cover healthcare expenses and… Read More »

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Durable Powers Of Attorney And Estate Planning In Tampa, Florida

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

You are probably familiar with the idea of wills and trusts when it comes to estate planning. After all, we usually frame the concept of estate planning is what happens to our property when we pass on. However, just as important is what happens in the months and years leading up to the distribution… Read More »

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Revocable V. Irrevocable Trusts In Florida: What Are The Differences?

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

In addition to wills, trusts can effectively transfer assets and achieve specific goals for your beneficiaries. Unlike a will, trusts do not need to pass through the probate process, and their assets can reach your beneficiaries quickly and cost-effectively. Trusts also have certain benefits for tax and asset protection that other estate planning methods… Read More »

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How Do You Get Started On A Living Will?

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Assess Your Goals Near the End of Life This is a problematic roadblock for most of us since it requires us to consider terrible “what-if” scenarios such as: You can no longer think or speak clearly You can no longer recognize or interact with family or friends You are in severe pain that high… Read More »

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Living Wills In Florida – Where To Begin And What Steps To Take

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

When making financial considerations as part of your estate plan, you also want to consider healthcare issues and end-of-life care to make that process easier for you and your family. These health considerations are covered under an advanced healthcare directive, commonly known as a living will. What is a Living Will?   A living will… Read More »

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Whom Should You Choose As Your Personal Representative?

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Your personal representative will play a critical role in the probate process once you die and, for this reason, must be selected with care. Choosing the wrong personal representative can be disastrous for you and your family. This person could not only fail to pay off claims but could endanger your estate by not… Read More »

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