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February 2019 Archives

Advance directive makes incapacitated patient's wishes known

When people consider the end of their life, they often think about things like how their personal property will be managed or how they might like their remains to be handled. Many do not realize that those are only part of the picture. Other aspects that Florida families may want to consider involve health-related decisions, such as whether they approve of using life support or who will make decisions for them if they are incapacitated. Experts say that an advance directive is the best way to address these concerns.

Older couples should consider prenuptial agreements

When an older couple in Florida considers a subsequent marriage, a prenuptial agreement or 'prenup" should be given serious consideration. For those who have accumulated substantial assets prior to the marriage, a prenup can be a versatile tool when considering financial matters.

Owner of assisted living facility convicted of elder abuse

Older adults are a vulnerable group of people. Their loved ones often worry for their safety and will do whatever is needed to ensure they receive a proper level of care. When Florida families make the choice to put the elder in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they trust that the caregivers will treat the elders with the same level of attention to detail as they would themselves. Sadly, that doesn't always happen, as illustrated by a recent out-of-state trial where one man has been convicted of elder abuse and manslaughter.

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