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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.

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.

Florida family falls prey to elder financial abuse

It's common for aging parents or family members to sign a power of attorney agreement. These legal documents allow a trusted person (the "agent"), usually a close family member such as a child, grandchild, or sibling, to act upon the principal's behalf when the owner of the estate becomes incapacitated, most often due to age or illness. Unfortunately, there is great potential for powers of attorney to be abused. When an older person is facing incapacity, it's important to understand the risks and how to prevent financial abuse.

Healthcare proxies can make end-of-life decisions easier

For many people in Florida, thinking about estate planning can cause mixed emotions. While planning for the disposition of one's estate after death is necessary, it can be uncomfortable to think about one's mortality. However, not all estate planning decisions will have an impact only after you should die.

Britney Spears' father is her sole conservator again

Certain life situations can make it difficult for a person to manage his or her own assets. When this is the case, family members may set up a conservatorship. While people may often associate conservatorships with older populations, one celebrity's conservatorship demonstrates that some younger people also have conservators managing their finances.

Establishing power of attorney for a parent

Watching one's parents get older can be challenging, as many Floridians probably know. It can be especially difficult if they lose the ability to manage their own finances and legal matters on their own. One woman, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, learned through first-hand experience what details need to be arranged before a parent loses the ability to make decisions for him or herself.

Father of three disabled children worries about their future

Many parents worry about their children. They may worry that their children will not make smart life decisions, could get into dangerous situations, or will become ill. One father of three children with disabilities has many worries about his children's futures. The man adopted three disadvantaged children with his wife, who died two years ago. The children are now 18, 14 and 11 years old.

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