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Hurricane Season is Upon Us: Why an Estate Plan Should be a Part of Your Storm Season Readiness

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Living in Florida, it’s not a matter of if a hurricane will hit, it’s when. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and usually peaks in September.  Weather experts are expecting the 2024 hurricane season to be busier than average. The Florida Division of Emergency Management reminds Florida residents to begin taking… Read More »

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Tips for Having “The Talk” with Aging Parents

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Talking about aging, loss of independence, and estate planning is difficult. These topics are emotional but are an essential conversation for every family. Unless you are certain your parents have an up-to-date estate plan for what should happen in the event of their incapacity or passing, you shouldn’t assume everything will be taken care… Read More »

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Will My Advance Healthcare Directives Work in Another State?

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Making sure your end-of-life wishes are followed, no matter where you reside, is extremely important. If you move to a different state or split your time between one or more states, you should make sure your advance directives are valid in all the states you live in. Did you know that you are considered… Read More »

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Boca Raton Estate Planning Lawyers

Step-by-Step General Guide on What to Do When a Loved One First Passes Away: Entities to Contact

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Coping with the loss of a loved one is challenging, especially when faced with the responsibility of ensuring their legal and financial matters are taken care of. Often, people are overwhelmed and unsure about the necessary steps to take. This may sound like a daunting process, so we have created a general checklist of… Read More »

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Step-by-Step General Guide on What to Do When a Loved One First Passes Away

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

It is never easy to experience the loss of a loved one, and it is especially challenging while handling the urgent responsibilities that arise when someone passes. It is not uncommon to be unsure of what to do after a loved one passes away. While it may seem daunting to navigate a loved one’s… Read More »

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Living Trust

The Value of Consulting an Elder Law Attorney for Your Estate Planning Needs

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Estate planning is a critical aspect to ensure your assets are properly protected, your wishes are met, and your wealth is preserved. While estate planning can benefit individuals of all ages, estate planning becomes especially vital as we age.  In these circumstances, consulting an attorney that specializes in elder law can offer unique advantages… Read More »

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Boca Raton Special Needs Trust Lawyer

Special Needs Trusts

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

When you have a loved one with physical or intellectual disabilities, it is essential to establish an estate plan that considers their long-term care needs and abilities. While needs-based government benefit programs assist in covering the cost of certain types of medical care, they may not cover all the specific needs and services that… Read More »

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Medicare Lawyers

The ABC’s of Medicare

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Medicare versus Medicaid Medicare is federal health insurance for people aged 65 or older, and some people under age 65 with certain disabilities that have paid into the social security system for at least 10 years.  In sum, Medicare is “short term” coverage for health events including hospitalization, doctor visits, therapy, home health care… Read More »

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Qualified Income Trust

What is a Qualified Income Trust?

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Paying for long-term care can quickly deplete an individual’s assets due to how expensive long-term care services are. In Florida, the average price of a private nursing home room is $10,809 per month. However, additional expenses such as the cost of medications and medical supplies are likely to increase that average to $12,000 to… Read More »

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Boca Raton Medicaid Planning Lawyers

What is a Personal Service Contract?

By SAMUELS WOOD PLLC |

Under Florida’s Medicaid program, individuals must meet specific income and asset eligibility requirements to qualify. Individuals applying for long-term care cannot have countable assets that exceed $2,000 (individual applying) or $3,000 (married couple applying). However, an individual may become Medicaid eligible by creating a Personal Service Contract. Personal Service Contracts are a strategic way… Read More »

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