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Elder Law

At Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC, we help our clients with all forms of elder law including guardianship, trust administration, probate administration, estate planning and pre-incapacity planning. Our attorneys have efficiently obtained legal solutions to even the most complex issues in a cost-effective manner. We give all clients the one-on-one attention they deserve, helping to navigate struggles that arise.

Whether you are of retirement age and looking to get your estate in order, the child of an aging parent in need of guidance, or a younger person just starting a career or family, Attorney Neil T. Lyons of Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC, can assist.

Serving Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton for all of your Elder Law services

Elder law attorneys assist individuals with (among other things) estate planning, asset protection and pre-incapacity planning. As our loved ones age and become seniors, we have many questions about many aspects of life, including finances, assets, estates, health care and long-term care. Florida law attorneys understand the unique needs of this particular group and can address concerns such as:

  • What will happen to my assets? What is the best way to execute my estate planning?
  • I want to execute a will or a trust but an unsure of the advantages and disadvantages of either.
  • Who will take care of me if I’m unable to take care of myself?
  • Who will make decisions for me if I’m incapacitated?
  • Can my family avoid probate? If so, how?

Why do I need an Estate Planning Attorney?

Estate planning, as with any other elder law services, is a difficult matter to discuss with your family. It is, however, necessary to plan. A complete estate plan will explain your intentions regarding your assets as well as your long-term care. Preparing your legal documents and discussing your intentions can remove an enormous amount of stress from your family. In the event of an emergency or long-term illness, your loved ones will be able to focus on their time with you. They will know what you want and need, and they will not question your intentions.

An estate plan is a lot more than just a list of your assets and who gets them when you pass away. Even if your needs are relatively simple (i.e. "I want everything to go to my kids"), making sure those wishes will be legally binding can sometimes be more complicated than you might imagine.

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About Legal Guardianship in Florida

The Florida Guardianship Association defines the term Guardianship as “a legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.”

Because of the increasing population in the United States of people living much longer lives, the number of “vulnerable” or incapacitated persons has grown exponentially, and therefore the need for guardianship attorneys, lawyers and or law firms has exploded in the last two decades. Florida, like many other states, has been required to address this growing need and has developed an entire body of law for guardianships.

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Court Requirements for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Adult

In order to initiate a guardianship proceeding in Florida for an incapacitated adult, the Probate Court requires that a letter from a doctor be provided to the Court giving the Court the appropriate information to demonstrate that the individual is, in fact, incapacitated. A copy of the standard Doctor’s Form Letter typically used for these purposes is provided for your reference.

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch Guardianship Attorney at Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC

Guardianship attorney Neil Lyons at Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC, provides comprehensive services to our clients in both minor and adult guardianship cases. We recognize that Guardians many times serve out of a love for their Ward, but at the same time, the Guardian often does not have the time or energy to fully understand the requirements of the Guardianship. To the greatest extent possible, Neil Lyons stands ready to assist his clients in the guardianship process.

Whether you are seeking to obtain guardianship of a friend or family member, or you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to contest some aspect of an existing guardianship matter, we will be glad to assist you in those matters. Please contact us so that we can discuss these matters with you in more detail.

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