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As we enter 2022, take some time to think about the future and whether you’ve prepared for certain future events, such as incapacity and death.  As an elder law attorney, preparing for incapacity means you’ve thought about, and made arrangements for, potential future incapacities.  Take stock of your choices and documents Preparedness means choosing trustworthy […]

Recently, a potential client called and asked if she needed to hire an attorney to administer an estate. Her mother had passed away, and she was named personal representative in her mother’s will. She told me friends had informed her they were able to act as personal representatives of estates without an attorney. After some […]

If you’re spending this holiday season with elderly parents, it’s probably not a bad idea to discuss pre-incapacity planning. Potentially uncomfortable but important discussions If you and your siblings (assuming you have siblings) have not spoken to your parents about who will make financial and healthcare decisions for them when they are not able to, […]

If you’re new to Florida, you may be hearing a lot about a “homestead exemption,” and how it can save you money on your annual real property taxes.  How does a homestead exemption work? In Florida, applying for a homestead exemption can provide a tax exemption of up to $50,000 per year.  The first $25,000 […]

Buzz Feed News recently released a scathing piece titled “Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, and Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry.” The piece is a three-part semi-deep dive into guardianship abuse throughout the country.  (I encourage you to read the article yourself).  The authors of the piece cite egregious examples of abuse of individuals under guardianship. In […]

Two new documentaries came out recently, chronicling the much-publicized saga of pop princess Britney Spears.  One is by The New York Times, called Controlling Britney Spears. The other is from Netflix, called Britney v. Spears.  Britney Spears documentaries have similar focuses Each documentary briefly touches on her early fame and success and dives deep into […]

I was surfing the Hulu app a few weeks ago looking for the next binge watch options. I stumbled across a very interesting, and disturbing, documentary series: “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.” The four-part series explores NXIVM, the infamous company that was part multi-level marketing, part make your life better with thousand-dollar self-help courses, and […]

I’ve shared a glimpse at the background of Law Powered By Women®. But as with all good things, we’ve evolved. Christy and I always planned that as our practice grew, we would broaden the firm’s horizon.  As it happened, we did grow and thrive. And so a couple of years ago, we embarked on our […]

There’s developing news in the saga of everyone’s favorite female pop star, Britney Spears. Britney and her boyfriend of four years Sam Asghari are officially engaged.  Latest development in Britney’s push for change According to people.com, a source stated that Britney is “ecstatic” about the proposal. The newsmagazine’s website featured pictures of the happy couple […]

Recently, a growing number of my estate planning clients have told me they are worried about challenges to their estate planning documents. Is there reason to expect a challenge? Admittedly, I’d expect this type of concern from a 75-year-old male client leaving the majority of his estate to his 30-year-old girlfriend that he met at […]