Planning for the Elderly in Florida

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LexisNexis, Mar 2, 2016 - Law
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This up-to-date practice guide provides analysis and commentary on the laws and regulations affecting the elderly in Florida, as well as checklists and forms to facilitate counseling and drafting. A glossary of acronyms provides a handy reference for abbreviations of common agencies, programs, and other terms. Planning for the Elderly in Florida covers a wide range of issues of concern to the elderly in Florida, including:
•   Social Security benefits available to retired and disabled wage earners, spouses, dependents, and survivors;
•   Relevant federal income tax issues, including tax rates and exemptions, medical expense deductions, treatment of life insurance proceeds, and credits for the elderly and disabled and for a dependent's care;
•   Medicare eligibility and coverage as well as Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) policies;
•   Medicaid coverage and eligibility criteria, the rules governing the transfer of assets by a person who applies for Medicaid benefits in Florida, and the avenues available to Medicaid applicants who have been denied coverage;
•   Residents' rights in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes;
•   Planning for incapacity, including property management (durable powers of attorney, revocable living trusts, and joint ownership) and health care decisions (living wills, health care surrogate designations, do-not-resuscitate orders, health care proxies, as well as long-term care insurance);
•   Guardianship and its use, the procedure for initiating a guardianship, and the guardian's powers and limitations;
•   Social service programs available to seniors in Florida, the agencies responsible for their oversight, and program eligibility requirements; and
•   Elder abuse and the various remedies available to protect individuals and redress injuries.
 

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Contents

Floridas Social Service System
Ethical Considerations in an Elder Law Practice
Income
Medicare
Special Needs Trusts in Florida
General Considerations
Income and Asset Requirements
Transfer of Assets Liens and Estate Recovery
LongTerm Care Facilities
Property Management
Health Care Decisions
Guardianship
Elder Abuse
COMMON CLIENT QUESTIONS
Index
Copyright

Advocacy

Common terms and phrases

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