Question 1: Where do I file my will in Florida? There is no Florida law that requires you to file a last will and testament with any state, federal, or local agency. Making a last will is completely optional. If you choose to make a will in Florida, that document has to contain specific elements as outlined in Florida law. Once you’ve made the document you must then make sure that someone files … [Read more...] about 3 Questions About Last Will Registries in Florida
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
Question 1: What is a HIPAA release? HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This federal law limits who can view your medical information. While your doctors, insurance providers, and other healthcare workers can view your medical records as part of providing care, other people are prevented from viewing confidential information. A HIPAA release is a form you … [Read more...] about HIPAA Release FAQ
Renowned newsman Mike Wallace died in April at the age of 93. His legacy includes a lifetime of hard-hitting journalism and overcoming a personal battle with depression. It also includes living with dementia in his final years. Though not widely known, the tough-as-nails reporter suffered an ailment that 1 out of every 8 people will suffer from, and one that robs people of their cognitive … [Read more...] about Learning From Mike Wallace – Journalist and Dementia Sufferer
Many people interchange the terms Living Will and Living Trust, but they are much different from each other. A Living Will is a used to make your wishes known in case you become incapacitated from an illness or an accident. Typically a Living Will includes directives relating to one’s health care, treatment by a doctor, or perhaps a do-not-resuscitate order. A Living Will is very helpful to the … [Read more...] about The Living Will as Compared to a Living Trust
After a loved one passes away, the family is often left to deal with not only the grief of the loss, but also the confusion over what the person wanted as their final arrangements. You can help to ease the burden for your loved ones by leaving specific instructions and information to make the whole process smoother and easier. First of all, make sure that you leave written final arrangements so … [Read more...] about Lessening the Burden on Your Family After You Die
A Living Will is an indispensable estate planning tool, but it covers limited circumstances. In Florida, a Living Will is used to direct your health care provider concerning what life-prolonging medical treatments or procedures should be used or withdrawn if you are in a persistent vegetative state or death is imminent and you’re not capable of directing your own health care. A Living Will can’t … [Read more...] about What’s the Purpose of a Florida Living Will?