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Court Approves Structured Settlement for a Minor That Extends Beyond the Age of Majority

The Fifth District Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court’s ruling that it could not approve a structured settlement proposal for a minor.  In Hancock v. Share (Case No. 5D10-2069) the minor’s Mother was appointed her Guardian. The Guardian petitioned the Court for approval of the proposed settlement and purchase of the structured settlement payable over…

A Settlement Which Needed To Be Protected By A Special Needs Trust (SNT)

If you have ever had a settlement which needed to be protected by a special needs trust (SNT) then you probably know that federal law requires the Medicaid lien to be repaid at the death of the beneficiary.  No one has a crystal ball to forecast the size of the Medicaid lien or, the value…

All Special Needs Trusts are Not Created Equal: Buyer Beware!

For those unfamiliar with the complex nature of government benefits and the laws governing special needs trusts (SNTs) it might be assumed that it is a ‘forms practice.’  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Draft the SNT correctly the first time and the benefit is a happy client who maintains eligibility for government benefits…

Florida’s Proposed Medicaid Reform: Stop It In Its Tracks!

There are three bills pending in the Florida Legislature concerning Medicaid reform. Each of them contain flaws and demonstrate that our representatives and the Governor do not understand or appreciate the necessity for an improved health care system or, why families should not be impoverished to provide basic medical care to their loved one. 1.…

Another Interpretation of the Ahlborn Decision Limiting the Medicaid Liability Lien

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the state Medicaid agency can recover no more than the portion of the Plaintiff’s settlement that represents recovery of Medicaid payment made less costs of litigation. Southwest Fiduciary v. Willingham. The case consolidated two case. Rhonda Lundy was injured in a car accident and her conservator filed suit.…

Domestic Partner (LGBT) Planning

Advance Estate & Long Term Care Planning for Domestic Partners & Same Sex Couples It is human nature to avoid issues of illness, death and mortality. Yet, procrastination can result in fewer options or less desirable options for resolving those issues. The laws in Florida as well as the United States generally do not provide…

The Business Of Aging Boomers, Seniors Planning Now To Simplify Late-In-Life Legal Issues

Premium content from South Florida Business Journal – by Jeff Zbar Debra Giblin-Davis, worked with attorney Stephanie L. Schneider, left, to make plans that would protect her son, who has multiple sclerosis. Debra and Robin Giblin-Davis were traveling several years ago when they had an epiphany. Both were in their 50s. Sean, the youngest of…

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