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  • I am already on ssi but need help

    I get ssi currently and I was told I have to wait till 2016 for my medical review but I have severe medical problems I have just been diagnosed with that I won't be able to work and neurological problems in just don't know why they won't accept m...

    Carol’s Answer

    I think you are misunderstanding your benefits. SSI is a fixed amount, it doesn't matter how ill you are, that is NOT the criteria for determining the amount you will receive - so, even if you are now more medically in need, it will NOT affect your SSI payment amount. That is why there is no benefit to you to give SSA the information before they request it. Just wait until your review comes up and submit your copies of your records to confirm that your condition has not improved.

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  • What assistance is there for my elderly grandparents?

    My grandparents are in their mid-70's and need a lot of help with transportation, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. I usually do all of this for them and I do my apart time job. Its becoming too much. My grandparents have medi-car/Humana but every t...

    Carol’s Answer

    If they don't qualify for government assistance programs, and they don't have enough social security retirement income to pay for someone to come in, there are some non-profits that provide free services, such as your parents are needing. I would first look to that, also Meals on Wheels, while not free, does provide nourishing food for seniors that cannot get out. Have they considered purchasing a unit in an assisted-living residence? They almost always provide in-home care (when needed) and other assistance.

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  • I'm being sued for elderly abuse

    I just moved into this house and there is a mother in law suit behind my house. I do not have the power turned on to their house because they are not living there and refuse to sign an agreement saying that they will pay for some of the power bill...

    Carol’s Answer

    If no one is living in the MIL suite, then why would it matter? However, you cannot arbitrarily shut power off to a unit that is supposed to have it. The only way elder abuse would come in to play is if the person living there, or having the right to live there, is elderly and you are trying to force an agreement on them and withholding power to force them to sign. Yes, you do need a good lawyer and they do NOT come cheap. The other option is to play by the rules and not withhold power.

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  • I need to give social security my new medical records

    How do I give social security my new medical problems they affect my life tremendously I can never work again I have neurological problems and others they said I had to wait till 2016 but I've been having financial problems cause some medication I...

    Carol’s Answer

    Who are these "others" you are talking about? If they are the SSA claims rep, or an SSA Attorney, why are they telling you to wait? Typically, if the SSA needs medical records, you should provide them otherwise you risk being denied further benefits. If you are still in the process of claiming disability, there is a two year waiting period after the first date on which you qualified for benefits, after which full benefits become available, but Medicaid can be used to fill in. Your question is unclear, so we don't really know what to tell you to do.

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  • What does a personal representative have control of if the original representative is deceased?

    My dad has a settlement but passed before it was distribute to him I received a letter telling me to sign to give my aunt authorization to represent his case but i don't understand why she has to be in control of the claim if all of his kids as be...

    Carol’s Answer

    I don't know what you mean by "original representative" - in Florida a Personal Representative is appointed to probate an estate. As to your Aunt, without knowing more, I can only guess that she doesn't HAVE to be in control, but she WANTS to be in control, for some reason. That would be good to find out. If she is an attorney, then she may have the legal skills warranted to act as the representative in the legal settlement, otherwise, your guess is as good as mine.

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  • How soon after a death should a person that is listed in a will get a copy of said will from the exec of the estate

    the will is in south carolina

    Carol’s Answer

    Once probate is opened in SC, and the executor has been appointed, you should get a copy of the will and an accounting of the assets. If you don't want to wait, you can also get a copy from the Probate Court in the county where the deceased resided at the time of his / her death.

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  • I still live in my mother's house after her passing. It is still in probate. It was left to me and my younger sister.

    My brother is the executor. Can he take the house from me or make me move?

    Carol’s Answer

    It depends on the content of the will. No one can say unless they have a good look at the will. What do the Final Orders from the Probate Court stipulate? Your brother needs to understand that it is NOT his estate - it is your mother's and her wishes need to be carried out as directed in her will. Note that you will owe some rent to your sister since you are sharing the ownership of the home. You cannot just live in it for free - she owns it, too. That may be where the controversy is coming from.

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  • Can I fill out and submit the forms requesting Summary Administration of my Grandmother's estate without an attorney?

    My mother was my grandmother's beneficiary. I was my mother's. My mother predeceased my grandmother. No probate filed because my grandmother died in Maine in a nursing home. No bills, and no property owned. I found some unclaimed property (in...

    Carol’s Answer

    It's really hard to say from what you say here. If your mother predeceased your grandmother, it will depend on what your grandmother's will states will happen if the beneficiary does not outlive her. If there is no provision, and your mother was your grandmother's only relative, then the inheritance MOST LIKELY passes directly to you. You will have to sign an affidavit to the effect there are no other heirs. Leon County MAY require that a probate be started in Maine and then an ancillary here in FL to transfer the property, but some places will accept a "small estate affidavit", in lieu of a probate filing. You can ask the clerk for help with this, but understand that they cannot give legal advice.

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