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CMS Releases New Memorandum Providing Guidance on Exception to Liability Medicare Set Aside

On September 30, 2011, CMS issued a new memorandum concerning liability Medicare set-aside arrangements. The memorandum states that Medicare’s interests will have been considered in a liability insurance settlements and awards if the treating physician for the plaintiff opines in writing that: the plaintiff has completed treatment by the date of the settlement: future medical…

Durable Power of Attorney Law

The new Durable Power of Attorney law which became effective October 1, 2011 contains many sweeping changes that are intended to conform Florida’s law to the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. A few of these changes include: Requiring that specific types of financial authority delegated to an agent (i.e. gifting; create or change a beneficiary…

The Affordable Healthcare Act

Here are some of the highlights of the law passed in 2010: Health care coverage will be available to individuals who are denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions through 2013. In Florida, the Pre Existing Condition Insurance Program (PCIP) is run through the federal government. You must be a citizen or national, uninsured for six…

Time for a Legal Checkup!

I have recently observed a client concern that I would like to share with you. When a person does not take the time to make pre-need funeral arrangements, if can cause conflict among the survivors. In certain situations the conflict may require resolution by a Court. To benefit our clients and help ensure that their…

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…

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