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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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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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What Is An Advanced Healthcare Directive?

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

Making decisions about your healthcare wishes if you are seriously injured or ill and end-of-life care is difficult for everyone. Whether you are young or old, serious illness or injury can strike at any time. It is not something that anyone looks forward to doing, but making decisions about your healthcare if you are incapacitated and end-of-life wishes is an essential part of any comprehensive Estate Plan. Talking through your Advanced Healthcare Directive options with an Estate Planning Attorney can help to determine what steps you can take to plan for these possibilities, communicate your wishes and protect your family...

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Planning For Your Incapacity

Seeking estate planning in case of incapacity? The Siegel Law Group can assist your family. Get in touch today by calling (561) 955-8115 for a free consultation or browse our website for more information. Most people prepare wills and trusts to plan for their death. But what happens if you become seriously ill, or injured, but you don’t pass away? Who will take care of you and your affairs? How can you make sure that you have the help you need and can trust? It’s advisable to discuss planning for incapacity with an experienced estate planning...

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Living Will vs. DNR


Often-times, clients get confused and are not aware that a Florida Living Will, commonly called an “Advanced Directive” is not the same document as a “Do Not Resuscitate Order” (DNR). Nor, is a Living Will the same document as a Will. A Florida Living Will is used for health and a Will is used for money. While the Florida Living Will and the DNR are both health related documents, the Florida Living Will and DNR are not necessarily interchangeable. Clients believe if they have one document filled out, they do not need to worry about the other, but it is...

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Why You Need Disability Protection

If you operate a business, consider a succession plan a necessity in the event that you cannot return to work. While many clients already have Powers of Attorney in place, it is equally as important to have a comprehensive disability protection plan set in order. Typically, your representative under a Power of Attorney is someone you can trust, but not necessarily someone with the right experience to strategically operate your business. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a disability protection plan ready, so that your business can continue to run efficiently even in your absence. Real Estate Without proper protection, a...

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Is Estate Planning a One-Time Thing?

Over 60% of Americans do not have an Estate Plan. So if you have an Estate Plan, you have taken a key step in preparing for your future and that is an important accomplishment. However, once started, an Estate Plan can grow and change throughout your life. The following events are just some examples of life changes that might require an update to your estate plan: Changes in your finances or estate If your estate plan involves a trust, it is important that all of your assets are covered by the trust. If you have a major change in finances or your estate, for...

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Are Your Health Care Wishes Known?

Imagine being faced with the difficult decision of whether or not a suffering parent or loved one should be placed on life support or IV nutrition to keep them alive… In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is unable to give informed consent about a medical procedure, there is still a way to communicate your health care wishes: a Living Will. A Living Will, also known as a Health Care Directive or Advance Directive, is by definition, “the legal document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care.”[1] Not to be confused with a Will that outlines property...

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Protect Your Family Property and Your Favorite Memories

Summer is here and the last thing on your mind is probably asset protection. You’re more likely thinking about an upcoming vacation or getaway, and we don’t blame you. Many families have a cabin, cottage or vacation home: a place that is not only a favorite vacation spot, but is also connected to many vivid, happy memories. While recalling all the wonderful times you’ve shared at your cabin, have you ever considered that this property is a substantial financial asset? It’s one that needs to be protected. Whether it’s been in the family for several generations or is recently acquired, chances...

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