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Becoming a guardian for an incapacitated individual

Becoming a caregiver for a family member often goes beyond helping elderly parents or taking care of someone with emotional issues--such as the case with Britney Spears that we discussed a few weeks ago. Millions of people in Florida and across the country have siblings with lifelong special needs, and more and more of them are finding themselves in the position of caring for them after their parents are gone.

A divorce trust is a way to protect assets from the ex

When a couple gets married in Florida, they don’t want to think about the possibility of the marriage ending and any marital assets being disputed. For that reason, many couples don’t write up a prenuptial agreement, as they might find the idea of drawing up a prenup too unpleasant or contentious.

Your heirs should also know about plans for your pets

If you’re like most pet owners in America, your pets are your family members. And like any of your other beloved family members, you’d want your pets to be taken care of after your death. As we discussed a few weeks ago, setting up a trust for your furry family members can greatly benefit your pets and those you’ve entrusted to their care. It’s also important to include your pets in your will, so your heirs or someone else you want to care for them won’t have any problems following through with your wishes.

Living wills and directives can give family peace of mind

It’s understandable that people might want to put off writing their wills or drafting an advanced directive. The idea of being put in the position of having someone else make your medical decisions can be scary. It can also be uncomfortable to think about leaving your loved ones with the burden and heartbreak of dealing with your affairs, so it’s easier to say you’ll do it later. But it’s important for Florida residents, especially those nearing retirement age, to create their living wills in order to make a difficult medical situation easier for loved ones.

Florida senior one of many targeted by Jamaican scams

Florida is a haven for millions of senior citizens who love our state's beauty and wonderful weather. Sadly, all too often aging comes with mental disorders and the inability to make decisions on one's own. If a senior citizen has the incapacity to make sound financial decisions on his or her own, it can be easy for scam artists to zero in. Florida residents have lost millions of dollars to foreign scammers who prey on vulnerable seniors.

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