When a loved ones passes away, it can be very difficult to think of anything other than the grief you feel as a result of your loss. It may, however, be necessary for you to do so because there are a number of practical and legal steps that must follow a death. In a heightened emotional state it can be very easy to overlook important tasks that need to be completed. With that in mind, the Port St. … [Read more...] about What Legal Steps Must Be Taken after a Loved One Dies?
It has been almost half a century now since the last of the soldiers returned from the Vietnam War. That means that Vietnam Vets are now entering their retirement years. Sadly, instead of returning to a hero’s welcome, many Vietnam vets returned to angry protesters and a divided country. Consequently, many vets never talked about the war much less sought help for the psychological trauma they were … [Read more...] about Retiring Vets – Are You Suffering from PTSD?
In today's blog entry in our ongoing series on basic questions about estate planning, we are going to look at the self-proving affidavit. Last week we looked at video wills and why, though they are not a valid substitute for a last will and testament, they play a potentially important role in your estate plan. Self-proving affidavits play a similar role. Though they are not absolutely necessary, … [Read more...] about Basic Questions About Estate Planning – What is a Self-Proving Affidavit?
Estate plans are important, so it makes a lot of sense to think that you have to file or register your plan with a government office. After all, don't courts have to determine if you have created a legally valid last will and testament? Doesn't this mean that you'll need to file your will with a court? While these questions are understandable, the idea that you have to file or register your … [Read more...] about Basic Questions About Estate Planning – Do I Have to Register my Estate Plan?
An indelible piece of every estate plan is a carefully drafted and executed power of attorney. Most estate plans in Florida will include at least two of these vital documents, while some people might decide to create more. The great thing about a power of attorney is that it is both useful and incredibly flexible. However, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about these vital legal … [Read more...] about Don’t Fall For These Power of Attorney Myths
If you are like most young adults, you probably have not devoted much time to planning for what will happen to your estate when you die. Why should you? You’re young and have a lifetime in which to do your planning, right? Wrong. Just because you are young it doesn’t mean that you can afford to put this off until later. So what estate planning tools should you consider? Healthcare Power of … [Read more...] about Four Estate Planning Tools All Young Adults Should Consider
Florida residents are no strangers to the realities of disaster relief and assistance in the wake of a hurricane, and those in the New York and New Jersey area who were most affected by Hurricane Sandy are now in need of your support. ABC news.com has recently released a good list of charities and support organizations that you can donate to to assist in the hurricane relief and recovery efforts. … [Read more...] about Showing Your Support to Hurricane Sandy Victims
A report issued in late September says that state and federal authorities have made billions of dollars in recent years by settling Medicaid fraud cases. The report from the consumer group Public Citizen states that in the first half of 2012 alone the federal and state governments have recovered an estimated $6.6 billion. Many of these cases involve drug makers accused of defrauding Medicaid by … [Read more...] about Report: Medicaid Fraud Settlements Makes Billions for Governments
This September 9th, families can get together and celebrate Grandparents Day, an officially recognized date, even though it is not considered a holiday. Grandparents Day was officially recognized on August 3, 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation declaring that the holiday would fall on the first Sunday following Labor Day. The proclamation which recognized Grandparents Day … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Generations with Grandparents Day
After more than two decades, the program designed to assist military personnel leaving the service with finding employment in the civilian world is getting what many believe is a much-needed, and long overdue, overhaul. In late July, President Obama announced that the Transitions Assistance Program, known as TAP, will soon be revitalized to provide new services to personnel leaving their military … [Read more...] about Veterans Job Assistance Program Changes Announced