Can I Make Health Care Decisions for my Spouse

Can I Make Health Care Decisions for my Spouse? This questions actually comes up quite often. Spouses usually presume that, because they are married, they are allowed to make health care decisions for each other. They, therefore, question the need for a Health Care Surrogate document. A problem usually only arises when a spouse becomes…

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SSI Resource Limits

SSI Resource Limits Did you know that SSI has asset limits. A single SSI applicant cannot have more than $2,000 in resources and a married couple cannot have more than $3,000. Assets include cash on hand, money in checking and savings accounts, any cash value in life insurance over $1,500, stocks and bonds, personal effects…

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Estate Plans and Property in Other States

“Estate Plans – Properties in Other States” Did you know that if you are domiciled in Florida and own property in another State, a Florida Probate Court does not have jurisdiction to dispose of that property and an ancillary proceeding would need to be held in the State or States where the other property is…

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Estate Planning – Plan Ahead

Estate Planning – Plan Ahead Did you know that in making an Estate Plan, it is important to plan ahead. You need to carefully consider to whom you wish to leave your Estate Assets and in what percentages. The decisions you make can lead to resentment, which could ultimately end in expensive litigation. It does…

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Divorce and Life Insurance

Divorce and Life Insurance Did you know that, should you get divorced and are not required to provide life insurance to your ex-spouse as part of the divorce decree, if you do not change the ex-spouse as the beneficiary on your life insurance policies, the benefits will go to your ex-spouse when you pass away….

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Will Codicil

Will Codicil Did you know that if you have only minor changes to make to your Will, you can accomplish that via means of a Will Codicil, which is less expensive than doing a whole new Will? Any questions about Will Codicils, call us at (954)603-0045, or email us at rcsesq@att.net.

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Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income Benefits FYI: The Law Offices of Roger Craig Simmons, P.A., is available to cover Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication Review level for a set fee. Contact us at (954)603-0045 or rcsesq@att.net for additional information.

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The Special Needs Trust

The Special Needs Trust In response to a question recently posed by one of my clients, the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust can never access or control the Trust Funds, nor can she or he dictate how the Trust Funds are spent. Those tasks are limited to the Trustee or Trustees named in the…

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Per Stirpes versus Per Capita

Per Stirpes versus Per Capita In Florida, property descends Per Stirpes, unless the will or trust specifies to the contrary. [See Fla. Stat. § 732.611.] But what is the difference between descent by Per Stirpes and descent by Per Capita? Per Stirpes is translated as “by branch.” A Per Stirpes succession, therefore, means that the beneficiaries who are…

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An Inheritance’s Affect on VA Disability Benefits

Does An Inheritance Have an Affect Upon a Veteran’s Service Related Disability Benefits? One of my clients recently asked if an inheritance would have a negative affect upon her son’s service related disability benefits. In his case, he has been designated 100% disabled. Based upon my research into the issue, the answer to that question…

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The Law Offices of Roger Craig Simmons is Open for Business

Our prayers and thoughts go out to everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Irma and especially to those who sustained major damage and/or remain without power. Just to let everyone know, the Law Offices of Roger Craig Simmons, P.A. is open for business. So, if you have any questions about Estate Planning, Social Security…

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