What’s the deal with Medicaid claims?

In Probate Creditors by Long

Of the many initial questions I ask a prospective client is whether or not they anticipate a Medicaid claim against the estate. Here’s a brief primer on “Florida Medicaid Estate Recovery“: Florida Medicaid Estate Recovery Program The Medicaid Estate Recovery Program is a federal-state program designed to recover some or all Medicaid-funded medical costs from the Estates of certain Medicaid …

How NOT to expedite probate in Florida.

In Probate Nightmare Stories by Long

DADE CITY — Sheila Morgan led a hard, but straight, life before she landed in jail in March. That’s when authorities say she stole a court seal and forged a judge’s signature to speed up the paperwork on a $15,000 inheritance. She had never been arrested in Florida before. Details of her curious crime came to light today in court, …

Do I need a Will?

In by Long

(source: Florida Bar Consumer Information) WHAT IS A WILL? A will is a written direction controlling the disposition of property at death. The laws of each state set the formal requirements for a legal will. In Florida; 1. You, the maker of the will (called the testator), must be at least 18 years old. 2. You must be of sound …

Decedent only left Florida homestead? Summary Admnistration is available!

In Common Florida Probate Questions by Long

Florida homestead is generally protected from the claims of creditors, even after death. It’s quite typical for clients to call me and tell me “all that mom left behind was some real estate”. My first question is always: “Was it her homestead? Her principal place of residence or domicile?” If yes, then the estate is eligible for Summary Administration in …