Tag: estate planning

Please beware! Legal v. Medical Powers.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney? Is it enough to make medical decisions? First and foremost, a Durable Power of Attorney and a Health Care Power of Attorney (also known as Health Care Directive or Health Care Proxy) are two different documents. A…

102 years-old and counting . . .

About two years ago I had a client walk into my office with very little difficulty. He was 97 years old. He was ready to put his estate plan in place. The conversation turned more into his cardiologist (the one who over twenty years…

Is a Living Will and a Will the same thing?

So often people come to my office because they want a “Living Will.” After questioning what they want, it happens that what they want is a “Will” or also known as Last Will and Testament. A “Living Will” and a “Will” are not the…

Moms, are you Ready for Summer?

School is almost out! I do not know about you, but for me, the year flew by very fast. This was Daniela’s first school year and although it was challenging and tedious at times, it was also rewarding and very productive.  But now ….

A gift for you on Mother’s Day!

Five years and five months ago I was blessed with the biggest, most wonderful gift of all: motherhood.  My daughter was born December of 2012 and as I always say, it is the most demanding but most rewarding job of all. Is it really…

Paying back or paying forward?

I was in Court yesterday morning and I genuinely had the opportunity to introduce two professionals. I met my client’s daughter who is a psychologist involved with dependency cases. I also met my opposing counsel who is a Board Certified Juvenile attorney dealing with…

My dog is a piece of property!

I know it sounds horrible. My dog is like my child and she is treated as such. Besi, my seven-year-old chihuahua has never thought herself a dog. She feels human. She does not fetch or do doggy things. She sits and cuddles and loves…

Hurricane Irma and Legal Documents

We are under imminent threat of being under the damaging forces of Hurrican Irma.  What do you do with important legal documents during these circumstances? Some tips to follow: If you are going to a shelter, make sure to take the most important legal…

Question: What happens if I leave real estate property or money to an underage child?

Answer:  As a minor, the child will need a guardian of the property if he or she receives any property to his or her name. In Florida, if the child is under 18, then the parent or guardian of the child will need court…

A reflection on Death . . .

The view of a peaceful beach with white sands and and bushes in the background.

The saying usually goes, the only thing certain in life is death and taxes. I have to defer somehow from the saying and say that the only thing certain in life is death.  The only thing you need in order to die is to…

Is your Child a Graduate? Then you must read this!

It was just a year ago that I was graduating! Well, that’s not really a true statement even though I feel very young. It was 18 years ago that I graduated from High School. Wow! Yes! I said it! 1999 was the year when…

How to Live Before You Die

In Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, he said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” When Jobs was 17, he read a quote that made…