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New Estate Tax Law Passed

The new estate tax exemption, signed into law by President Obama, is $5 million dollars per person. A married couple can pass on wealth of $10 million. The law is retroactive to January 1, 2010. This means that any anyone owning total assets valued under $5 million at death will not incur an estate tax.…

Florida DCA Rules State Law Prohibiting Homosexuals From Adopting Is Unconstitutional

On September 22, 2010 the Third District Court of Appeal in an unprecedented opinion held that Florida Statute 63.042(3) is unconstitutional as the classification does not have a rational relationship to the governmental objective.  That statute states: “No person eligible to adopt under this statute [the Florida Adoption Act] may adopt if that person is a homosexual. …

Special Needs Trusts Can Successfully Protect Child Support Payments For Minor And Adult Children With Disabilities

Imagine this scenario: You successfully obtained a settlement for a couple whose child was severely injured.  You collaborated with an elder law attorney to create a special needs trust to protect the settlement proceeds and preserve the client’s government assistance.  Several years later you get a call from one of the client’s that the couple is divorcing and asking…

Don’t Let Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits be a Well Kept Secret! Learn if Your Clients Qualify for this Government Benefit

Stephanie L. Schneider has been a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney since 1997. Stephanie is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide clients with guidance and assistance about qualifying for veteran benefits. Stephanie and her team will primarily focus on assisting veterans and their spouses with becoming eligible to obtain benefits under…

THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY ON MEDICAL, LEGAL AND FINANCIAL DECISION-MAKING

The Influence Of Cultural Diversity On Medical, Legal And Financial Decision-Making

Published in Families of Loved Ones (FOLO magazine) By Stephanie L. Schneider Health care professionals and elder law attorneys provide information to caregivers and people with disabilities regarding long term care planning, options and advance directives. It is important to communicate and understand different cultural beliefs and practices in the medical decision-making process for all parties…

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