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September 2019 Archives

How pets fit into estate planning

Many people realize how important it is to ensure that they have a plan in place for the end of their lives. They know to designate who will own their house, inherit their finances or other property. One thing many Florida families neglect to consider is what will happen to their pets when they pass away. Experts say there are several ways for people to ensure that their furry loved ones will receive proper care if they should unexpectedly pass away and include them as part of estate planning.

Nursing home abuse rampant in low-ranking facilities

It is not uncommon for older people in Florida to live in a nursing home when that becomes the best option for their health care. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens all too often to elderly residents who may not have the ability to communicate what is happening to them. Yet, there are ways that a family can reduce the likelihood of abuse happening to their loved one. This is evident after a report from out of state concluded that nursing home facilities with low ratings from Medicare also had the highest number of health-related citations.

Paralyzed soldier denied claim for veterans' benefits

Those who serve in the armed forces here in Florida and elsewhere deserve the gratitude of every citizen. When they are unable to care for themselves, veterans' benefits can ease the financial burden of having to pay for their own care. These benefits have to be handled carefully, however, as they can impact a person's estate plan and what they leave behind for their loved ones. One retired soldier is grappling with that exact issue after her claim for veterans' benefits was denied.

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