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Joseph Stuart Karp

Joseph Karp’s Legal Guides

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  • Personal Service Contracts Can Avoid Jeopardizing Florida Medicaid Eligibility

    Making informal payment to compensate a child for caregiver services can jeopardize a parent's future Medicaid eligibility. A Personal Service Contract, also known as a Personal Services Agreement, is

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  • Florida Durable Power of Attorney: Here's how to make sure yours is honored when the time comes

    Don't wait until a crisis. Make sure your Florida Durable Power of Attorney for Property will be honored when your agent presents it to your financial institutions. What is a Florida Durable Power of

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  • Florida Power of Attorney Law Changes Effective Oct. 1, 2011

    Effective Oct. 1, 2011, Florida lawchanges with respect to the Florida Durable Power of Attorney.The new lawbrings Florida statutes more in line with theUniform Power of Attorney Act as drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. A Durable Power of...

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  • Nursing Home Admission Agreement: To Sign or Not to Sign?

    If you are admitting a parent, grandparent or other loved one into a long-term care nursing facility in Florida, chances are it's going to be an emotional time. For your loved one, and for you. You'll end up with a stack of papers in front of you that look awfully complicated. Th...

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  • Probate Avoidance Not Always Prudent

    What is probate? Probate is the process by which the probate court supervises the distribution of a deceased person's assets. If the decedent had a will, it is filed with the probate court; the desig

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  • Florida Nursing Home Medicaid Benefits: Spousal Refusal as a Planning Tool

    If you are Floridian whose incapacitated spouse needs long-term nursing care, you undoubtedly want to do everything possible to help your spouse. At the same time, unless you're very wealthy or have good long-term care insurance, the cost of your spouse's care may be threatening ...

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  • Legal Steps to Take When Your Spouse is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

    Don't Procrastinate The speed with which the disease will progress in any one individual is a question mark. So while you of course need time to adjust and make sense of this new reality, don't procr

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  • The Florida Medicaid Gifting Trust™: Preserve Assets and Your Medicaid Eligibility

    Medicaid Lookback Periods Have Increased Eligibility criteria for Florida Medicaid benefits for long-term nursing home care have gotten much stricter. The look back period has increased from three ye

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  • Florida Tax Advantages: Residency Required!

    Time Requirements To be considered a Florida resident, you must reside here six months plus one day each year. However, the total amount of time need not be continuous. Florida Homestead Exemption If

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