While most of his clients are in Volusia and Flagler Counties, Scott uses his expertise and experience in Elder Law, Elder Care Law, and Estate Planning to assist clients throughout Florida. His passion is helping Florida Seniors remain at home for as long as possible, protecting them from long-term care costs so they don’t run out of money before they die, and giving them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved ones and no one else will benefit from their foresight.
His goal is to help families at all stages of their life. To this end, he helps Florida seniors with estate planning and answering critical Florida long-term care questions, such as how to find and pay for good care in a Florida skilled nursing facility. His focus is on helping the elderly remain at home for as long as possible and planning to protect their life’s savings from long-term care costs.
He also assists adult children throughout the nation dealing with Florida long-term care planning challenges for their parents. Finally, Scott also helps family members, caregivers, personal representatives and trustees on complicated Florida guardianship and probate cases.
Elder Law and Elder Care Law
Elder law and elder care law focus on the legal planning, advocacy and guidance you need as a Florida senior. For you and your loved ones, the aging process can be challenging. You need to know your options, including how to best protect yourself, your family members and your assets, in light of an uncertain long-term care future. Unfortunately, the long-term care costs continue to increase. We can work with your to develop a plan that will protect you and, if you are in a crisis, we are the experienced advocate you need who can find immediate solutions should you have to pay for a Florida skilled nursing facility right now. Call us at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to discuss your case.
Every Floridian, whether you are a Florida Baby Boomer or a senior, or somewhere in between, needs comprehensive Florida estate planning. Estate planning does not only contemplate the legacy you want to leave your family and your community, it all also allows you to grant legal authority during your lifetime to those individuals you trust should you become unable to make your own decisions. Trust agreements, wills, powers of attorney and healthcare documents, are all part of a comprehensive Florida estate plan. Ready to get planning? Call us at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to set up your first meeting.
When a loved one dies in Florida owning property without a funded trust agreement, that property may need to be processed in the Florida probate court. Florida has different types of probate that a lawyer who practices in Florida estate planning, elder care law, and elder law can help you handle. We work with families in Florida and across the nation during this challenging time to reach a conclusion for the decedent’s affairs. Do you have probate questions you need answered? Call us at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to discuss your case.
If a loved one becomes incapacitated suddenly or as a result of an extended illness without Florida advanced directives in place, there may be no person with the required legal authority to make decisions. In the absence of Florida documents such as the Florida durable power of attorney or Florida health care surrogate, you may need to file a petition for incapacity and a petition for guardianship in order to start the process to be able to care for your Florida loved one. Contact our law firm 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) about the requirements of getting started with Florida guardianship of the person and Florida guardianship of the property.
Long Term Care Planning
We know you do not want to ever leave your home to live in a Florida skilled nursing care facility. There are times, however, when our health needs will prevent us from being able to live safely at home. In those instances, we need to consider home health care, assisted-living facilities or Florida skilled nursing facilities support to make sure we are cared for and protected. The cost of these services are high but there are programs such as Florida Medicaid and VA pension that can help you pay for the care you receive each month. Don’t wait to contact our law firm at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to get started with finding ways to pay for the high cost of Florida long-term care.
VA Representation and Pension Benefits
There are tax-free, monetary benefits available to veterans, their dependants, and surviving spouses. Although many people only think of the VA disability as a possible benefit, this is not true. Priority health care and non-service connected pension, known as VA basic improved pension, are valuable resources to Florida seniors. Additional money for housebound care or aid and attendance can help you and your loved ones pay for the cost of long-term care in the home or within a long-term care facility. If you or a loved one is a veteran with active military service call us at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to discuss how this benefit may help you.
When you create a trust, you select a trustee who will manage, handle and eventually distribute the assets held in trust to the beneficiaries when you cannot. This process is called trust administration. Trust administration can take place during your life, if you are incapacitated, or after you death. Trust administration allows us to avoid the Florida probate process for the assets held within the trust. We help seniors and their family members with both the creation and administration of their trusts. Give us a call at 866-7-ELDERS (866-735-3377) to discuss your case.