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Former lawmaker convicted of elder financial abuse

When people get to their retirement years, they are often counting on the savings and assets they have accumulated during their lifetime to pay for whatever they need. Unfortunately, there are those who try to take advantage of these people and victims may not have full cognitive and physical abilities due to their age. There are laws in Florida and elsewhere to protect seniors from elder financial abuse, which is often perpetrated by family members of the older person. However, one recent out-of-state case shows that sometimes elder abuse can come from outside the family as well.

How divorce impacts a credit score

Those in Florida and throughout the country who are going through a divorce have many issues that they need to resolve. Individuals may need to take steps to keep their credit scores intact before, during and after their marriages come to an end. It is important to understand that getting a divorce has no impact on a credit score. However, it can be tricky to determine who will be responsible for paying down a joint debt.

Bill to protect veterans' benefits with medical marijuana use

Those who serve the nation under a branch of the armed forces deserve the utmost respect and gratitude. One way that the United States does that is by ensuring that veterans have access to medical care and other benefits. In recent years, many states have approved marijuana for medical use. Though some veterans say that medical marijuana helps them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments, the fact that it is not legal nationwide raises their concerns as to how it might affect their veterans' benefits. One Florida lawmaker has submitted a bill in Congress that seeks to protect veterans from losing their benefits if they use medical marijuana.

Steps to take after divorce

Florida couples who are getting a divorce may not be finished with paperwork even after the divorce is finalized. From changing names to revising estate plans and more, there is usually still more work ahead. One step people should take is updating passwords on all digital accounts.

How to prevent financial elder abuse

Though modern technology has brought Florida families together in many ways, it is not without risk. The availability of information online has made everyone more vulnerable, but elderly people may be more susceptible to online scams. Some estimates say that as many as 20 percent of adults over the age of 65 have been affected by financial fraud of some kind. Fortunately, financial experts have several pieces of advice for those who want to avoid becoming a victim of this kind of elder abuse.

How to co-parent after a divorce

For some Florida parents, it's challenging to raise a child with someone they don't necessarily get along with. This is a common situation after a divorce. However, the key to parenting after a split is to understand that the child's best interest should be the top priority. Assuming that neither parent is abusive, they should both be active in the kid's life.

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