Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch

Neil Lyons

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six people over the age of 60 experience abuse each year. Elder abuse is also more prevalent among senior citizens in nursing home and long-term care facilities. Types of elder abuse There at least six major types of elder […]

I often receive calls from clients who own real property jointly with another individual who has passed away.  Typically, the potential client is curious about how to title the property solely in their name. In some cases, changing the ownership interests to the sole survivor is as simple as filing the deceased owner’s death certificate. […]

Have you been the recipient of a conditional gift? Or, perhaps, you’ve considered distributing a conditional gift but aren’t sure what is involved. Here are some important things to know about conditional gifts. Conditional gifts can be confusing A conditional gift usually requires the occurrence of an event before the gift is distributed. It can […]

Did you know two out of three Americans age 85 or older are women? In honor of Women’s History Month, and as a member of a law firm that’s powered by women, here are a few reasons why women should be thinking about long-term care insurance. Women live longer than men As stated previously, women […]

If you’ve executed a power of attorney, give your agent as much information as possible. Important directive must give direction The durable power of attorney is an important advance directive that allows a principal to choose an individual to act on behalf of the principal if the principal is not able to manage his or […]

Do you have an existing estate plan? Did you recently get a divorce? If yes and yes, it is wise to visit an estate planning attorney.  Typically, estate plans involving spouses include clauses in the will that leave everything to the recently divorced spouse.  Additionally, advanced directives such as a power of attorney and health […]

“I heard that if I don’t have a will, the state will inherit my estate.” I’ve heard that refrain in estate planning consultations several times over the past few months. To be honest, I am not sure why it’s taking hold. Let’s clear up the matter. Estate unlikely to go to state If you’re a […]

How old do you have to be to have an estate plan? It’s a question I often hear. I typically give the simple answer: “Old enough to sign a contract.” Why it is important to create an estate plan When we think of estate planning, we don’t typically think of couples in their thirties and […]

As we enter 2022, take some time to think about the future and whether you’ve prepared for certain future events, such as incapacity and death.  As an elder law attorney, preparing for incapacity means you’ve thought about, and made arrangements for, potential future incapacities.  Take stock of your choices and documents Preparedness means choosing trustworthy […]

Recently, a potential client called and asked if she needed to hire an attorney to administer an estate. Her mother had passed away, and she was named personal representative in her mother’s will. She told me friends had informed her they were able to act as personal representatives of estates without an attorney. After some […]