A new Florida elder financial exploitation law is coming soon. Florida has some pretty good legal protections for our elders. We have civil and criminal laws protecting the vulnerable. The Department of Elder Affairs has an Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation hotline (800-96-ABUSE) and also offers online and fax options for reporting suspected elder abuse,
Sarasota estate planning and elder law attorney Cindy Clark will be host Chuck Emglund’s guest on Suncoast Speaks, AM 930 The Answer, on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. Or, you can listen live online at www.am930theanswer.com. Cindy will discuss various estate planning and elder law topics.
Many of you know that we moved our Sarasota office in December. Our Sarasota office is now located at 2801 Fruitville Rd, Suite 220, Sarasota, FL 34237 (in PenWest Park at Fruitville & Tuttle). But here are some things you might not know: We’re sharing our Sarasota office space with two other lawyers, Jeff Young
by Cynthia M. Clark, CFP(R), JD Weed seems to be on everyone’s lips today – pun intended. 🙂 As a Certified Financial Planner professional, I have to stay on top of financial information. And, as you know, financial planning and estate planning go hand-in-hand; you can’t do one without the other. So when I read
By Cynthia M. Clark, Esq. Every few months I’m contacted by people in their late 20s or early 30s who wants to sue their parents for stealing money from their 529 and UTMA accounts. The conversation usually starts like this: “I just found out that my grandmother left money for me in a 529 or
Most people think of elder abuse as actual physical abuse of an elderly, dependent person. But it’s so much more than that. It can be verbal, physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial. It can also be neglect – either intentional or unintentional. In Florida, EVERYONE (not just medical professionals) has a duty to report
So many people I talk to are shocked to find out that having a Will doesn’t mean you’ll avoid probate. In fact, unless you die with no debt and no assets, a Will makes it very likely your estate will be subject to probate. So, why have a Will? If you die without a valid Will,
Most people who have loved ones with special needs have heard horror stories about a well-meaning grandparent who left a modest inheritance to a disabled grandchild. The grandchild promptly loses her government benefits and has to struggle to regain them again once the money runs out. The disabled person didn’t really benefit – she ended
Where Should I Keep My Health Care Advance Directives? So, you did the responsible thing and spent a good amount of time and money creating your estate plan. Your lawyer spent a good deal of time with you and understood what was important to you – what makes you and your family unique. She used that knowledge to prepare
I’m often asked, “Can a gun trust protect my guns in a divorce?” The short answer, like most legal answers, is “It depends.” Estate planning isn’t about the documents – it’s about the plan. It’s about planning for the four D’s we don’t want to think about: death, disability, dementia, and divorce. Yes, divorce. Quick!