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May is National Elder Law Month

May is National Elder Law Month | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

Haven’t heard of National Elder Law Month? You’re not alone. It’s actually an awareness day created by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the goal is to make sure that seniors and those who care about them know about this largely underutilized area of law. Elder Law provides those over 65 years of age with help for all of their legal needs, and the unique issues that older adults face in planning to age with dignity. While Elder Law encompasses the need to plan for their end-of-life wishes, it’s actually about providing all forms of legal support to those...

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 | Florida Estate Planning Attorney Barry D. Siegel | The Siegel Law Group, P.A

National Healthcare Decisions Day is Friday, April 16, 2021.  NHDD is an initiative to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advanced care planning and to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The COVID-19 crisis during the past year has forced us to consider health care decisions in a different light. Churches, synagogues and mosques around the country will support the NHDD effort by highlighting the importance of advance care planning with their congregations. What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?  An Advanced Healthcare...

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What Is A Florida Elder Law Attorney?

What Is A Florida Elder Law Attorney? | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

As people age, they often face new legal issues such as health care concerns, long-term care planning, adult guardianship, retirement issues, Social Security, Medicaid planning and other important matters. A Florida Elder Law Attorney advocates for aging adults and their families. Older adults often have unique issues that they did not have when they were younger and want to age with dignity and respect. What Is An Elder Law Attorney? Elder Law Attorneys handle the financial and Estate Planning legal issues that affect older adults, their caretakers and their families. Elder Law Attorneys have experience handling the sensitive and often stressful emotional...

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This Valentine’s Day Give Your Loved Ones Peace Of Mind

This Valentine's Day Give Your Loved Ones Peace Of Mind | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

It's important to show the people we love how much they mean to us. For Valentine's Day this year, flowers and chocolates show that you care, but gifting Peace Of Mind will last long after the chocolates are eaten and the flowers have died. No one likes to talk about their future illness or death, but the best gift you can give your loved ones this Valentine's Day is to protect their futures. Telling your loved ones what's important if you become seriously ill or are at the end of your life will protect them from unnecessary stress and provide...

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New Year’s Resolution: Update Your Estate Plan

New Year's Resolution: Update Your Estate Plan | Florida Estate Planning Attorney Barry Siegel

Many people optimistically make a list of New Year's Resolutions on December 31 with promises to get healthy, learn a new language or stick to a budget. In the flurry of ending one year and starting a new year, most of those resolutions are quickly forgotten and broken during the 1st week of January. It's not too late to make an important New Year's Resolution: one that you can actually keep! In 2021, resolve to update your Estate Plan. And if you don't have a Will or an Estate Plan - resolve to make one! Make an appointment with an experienced Estate Planning...

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Siegel Law Group Named 2020 Law Firm 500 Honoree for Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S.

Siegel Law Group Named 2020 Law Firm 500 Honoree for Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S. | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

Celebrating Four Years of Continued Growth We are pleased to announce that The Siegel Law Group has been named a 2020 Law Firm 500 Honoree awarded to the Fastest Growing Law Firms in the US. Our team at Siegel Law Group is dedicated to providing excellence in customer service resulting in many happy clients. In doing so, our commitment and focus have taken us on a journey of growth – both personally and for our business.  We are proud to be ranked 86 on the 2020 Law Firm 500 and our firm has grown 109% over the last year. This is the...

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What Life Events Should Trigger an Estate Plan Review?

What Life Events Should Trigger an Estate Plan Review?| Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

You have an Estate Plan in place, so your property and family are protected, right? Not exactly. Sudden, and even planned, life events commonly result in a situation where your Estate Plan may not meet your intentions when you pass away. It is important to review your Estate Plan periodically, and, especially, after certain “trigger” events happen in your life. Why is an Estate Plan Important? A comprehensive Estate Plan is an essential part of protecting your assets and providing for future generations. It’s important to understand, however, that it’s not enough to simply create an Estate Plan and forget about it....

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Real Estate Ownership: Options for Owning a Primary Residence, Vacation Home or a Rental Property in Florida

Real Estate Ownership: Options for Owning a Primary Residence, Vacation Home or a Rental Property in Florida | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

Real estate encompasses not only one’s primary residence but also other real estate such as a vacation home or a rental property. The ideal form of ownership varies depending on the type of real estate you own. Below, we take a look at the different types of real estate ownership and offer advice about the best form of ownership for each. Primary Residence  Because your primary residence receives special tax treatment, you should carefully consider how your home is owned. In some states, tenancy by the entirety offers married couples creditor protection from the creditors of one of the spouses (with a...

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National Estate Planning Awareness Week: 13 Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

National Estate Planning Awareness Week: 13 Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know| Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

National Estate Planning Awareness Week is October 19 -25, 2020. Estate Planning is often overlooked, and it is estimated that  56% of Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and do not understand many commonly used Estate Planning terms. Estate Planning—it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber-wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, Estate Planning is something every adult should do. Estate Planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing guardians for minor children, choosing healthcare agents to make decisions for you should you become ill, minimizing taxes so you can...

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How Does a Florida Lady Bird Deed Help With Medicaid Planning?

How Does a Florida Lady Bird Deed Help With Medicaid Planning?| Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

Many people think they have too many assets to qualify for Medicaid assistance to help pay for healthcare, and they pay out-of-pocket for their long-term care until they have sold their home and all their other assets. But with careful Medicaid Planning, you may be able to receive the financial help you need without losing your home. A Florida Lady Bird Deed, also called an Enhanced Life Estate Deed, allows you to avoid probate and pass your property to your loved ones while maintaining eligibility for Medicaid assistance. 4 Benefits Of A Lady Bird Deed A Lady Bird Deed as part of your Estate...

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