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Why are Advanced Directives Important?

A living will is an advanced directive

We start to think about what our life will look like as we age. There are many decisions to be made, especially if we want to do the best we can for the people we care about. Planning for this includes preparing a will and other estate planning tools. But what happens if you get sick? Who makes decisions for you then? One way to handle that is through the use of advance directives.

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Can a Bank Reject My Power of Attorney?

Bank Meeting

Though most people do not like to think about it, there may come a time in life when we are unable to make financial decisions for ourselves due to medical issues or not having the ability to keep up on things. A power of attorney can ease the burden of those situations by assigning someone as your agent or attorney-in-fact. It is essentially a legal document that allocates the right to make certain decisions on another’s behalf. The principal, or grantor, still retains the right to make decisions on their own.

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Medicare Regulatory Changes Due to Covid-19

Medicare Diagram

Covid-19 has altered many facets of our lives, from wearing masks in public to being mindful of things like social-distancing. The pandemic has changed things we don’t usually think about, as well. Some of the changes made at the federal level were to Medicare regulations, to provide health care providers, Medicare Advantage plans, and Part D plans more resources to respond to the crisis created by the pandemic. The changes gave flexibility to providers and patients alike. It is important to be aware of the changes and how they might impact you. 

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How Early Should You Start Estate Planning?

You couple meeting with an attorney. Possibly to discuss an estate plan.

Estate planning ensures that you have a say where your assets go after you die. For a lot of people, it is not something they begin thinking about until they get older. Thinking about our own deaths is not the most pleasant thing to think about, and we hardly do, especially when we are young. However, having a plan in place, no matter your age, is a sound idea and can help ensure loved ones are cared for when the time comes. You can set up a plan at any time and adjust it as you age.

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What is a Generation-Skipping Trust?

Mature couple talking to estate planning lawyer at home

If you have been planning for who you would like your assets to go to, you have probably run across trusts. There are several types of trusts and many reasons you would use one to protect your assets. Choosing the best type of trust is vital, as there are significant differences in how they operate.

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What Happens to an Estate if There is no Will or Trust?

Close up of hand signing a Last Will and Testament document

When someone dies without having a will or trust in place, it can lead to confusion over what happens to the person’s estate. In Florida, situations where a will or trust have not been established, the estate is distributed by the terms set-forth in Florida’s law of intestate succession. Essentially, this means the law decides what is a fair distribution of the assets amongst heirs. As can sometimes be the case in these instances, not everyone will always agree to the fairness of the decisions made regarding an estate. 

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What is a Revocable Living Trust?

Revocable trust on a wooden desk

If you have been planning for your assets, and who you’d like them to go to, you’ve probably run across trusts. There are several types of trusts, as well as several reasons why you’d use one to protect your assets, and ensure they go to the right entity. Choosing the right type of trust is vital, as there are significant differences in how they operate. One of the most common versions of a trust is a revocable living trust. 

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What Happens to Unpaid Bills in a Probate Matter?

When someone dies, and they do not have a trust set up, their estate goes into the probate. This is a process where the court decides how the estate is divided among heirs and creditors. Many people owe bills to credit card companies, medical facilities, and others when they die. A question many people wonder about is: What happens to unpaid bills in a probate matter?

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