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What is the Gift Tax?

21. January 2013

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The gift tax is something that surprises many. Many people assume that you can give away money or property freely, to whomever you want, without consequences except to your personal wealth. Unfortunately, the IRS does not see it that way. (Florida does not currently have a state gift tax; this is a federal tax issue.) […]

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What is Elder Law?

12. January 2013

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Elder law is of particular importance on Florida’s Suncoast. Sarasota, Florida and Bradenton, Florida have a large percentage of the elderly in their population. Attorney Christopher D. Smith with SmithLaw Attorneys is an Elder Law Attorney and handles elder law issues such as estate planning, gift planning, guardianship, and elder exploitation cases. What is elder […]

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Should I Make a Will?

18. August 2011

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Yes-everyone over the age of 18 should make a will. Most people who do not create a will feel it is too expensive, too time consuming, irrelevant for their situation, or just do not get around to making one. Wills are important because they allow your property and financial assets to be passed to the […]

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home for your Parent

19. July 2011

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What should you consider when choosing a nursing home for your parent? There is much to consider including costs, insurance coverage, location, staff, doctors, services, amenities, the patient’s condition, and much more. It is an overwhelming process to be sure. Nursing homes can also be called long-term health care facilities, skilled nursing facilities or assisted […]

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The Lowdown on Geriatric Care Managers

10. June 2011

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Overwhelmed by elder care? It’s easy to find yourself in a daunting position when trying to make the best decision for care of an elderly parent. Geriatric Care Managers are available to help. They can be invaluable sources of aid when faced with difficult decisions about situations you are unfamiliar with, and perhaps emotionally unequipped […]

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Why Everyone Should Look Into Estate Planning

7. June 2011

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Nobody wants to think about what would happen if they were severely disabled or incapacitated but it could happen to anyone. It would be very helpful to your family if you had developed Florida Estate Planning before the event in case something might happen. It is simple to devise estate planning with the help of […]

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