This is something that I hear constantly from clients who have relatives that didn’t have their affairs in order. Let’s take a prime example for which I get regular inquiries: a daughter, son, or some family member calls and wants to know what can be done for a relative who has severe dementia and is incapacitated… am I able to draft a power of attorney in order to take over the relative’s affairs? The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding “no.” Once the person is incapacita
Florida’s state laws are very specific regarding the relationship between a landlord and tenant, the obligations of each, and what they may or may not do and when they may/may not do them insofar as various legal actions. The legal process starts with the landlord and the agreement, and ends when the lease is terminated or fulfilled. Florida law provides very specific guidelines for landlords and tenants in regards to the rental/lease agreement. This consists of basics suc
Florida, as many know, is a state that many people choose for retirement. Our warm weather and sunny views make it a great place for anyone and everyone. Each state has its own legal requirements for estate law, wills, trusts, living wills, and designated health care surrogates. This is why it is important to inform people who are moving from another state exactly what our laws require when it comes to the very important designation of health care surrogates here in Florida.
A Power of Attorney is a commonly-used legal document that enables one person to delegate powers or legal authority to another person. The person creating the Power of Attorney, or the document’s “principal” uses it to grant another person the right to act on their behalf. The document can be written broadly or with very specific authority granted. People routinely request these documents in the event of a medical or business emergency so that items may be purchased or accoun
No one particularly likes to think about the end of their own life, but being prepared well before you or a loved one needs to deal with the inevitable will save your family money, time, and difficulty later. The goal of estate planning should be to minimize decision-making later and to create a pathway and structure for things like asset disposition and end of life decisions. Having an experienced Florida estate attorney to review your situation and help guide you through th
Many clients become confused when discussing Estate Planning. A big source of confusion is a Living Will. A Living Will is NOT a person’s legal will., which has to do with what happens after a person dies (disposing of property, etc.). A Living Will is what the name implies, it has to do with a person while they are still living. A Living Will is a document that gives the medical provider directions on how to handle life-prolonging procedures in the event that a person has a