We're thrilled to announce the opening of a new branch office on Amelia Island in order to better meet the estate planning and related needs of Northeast Florida residents! The office is located at 5211 South Fletcher Avenue.
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around the need to fix the rules governing “professional guardians” (i.e., persons who have been appointed guardian over three or more legally incapacitated individuals) in order to protect Florida’s elderly from predatory practices. (See here, here, here, and here.) While the Florida legislature is taking steps to address the issue, you can mitigate your risk of becoming a victim by implementing anticipatory provisions in your estate planning documents.
Unfortunately, older Americans as a group are prime victims for con artists due to their stable financial situation, trusting nature, and declining cognitive and/or sensory abilities. Although we have written about scams targeting seniors in a previous blog, this type of fraud is increasing, especially this time of year, so we wanted to address it again.
The number of seniors (Americans aged 65 or older) who drive is on the rise. In fact, from 1999 to 2009, statistics show a 20% increase in senior drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety predicts that this trend will continue; seniors will make up 25% of the drivers on the road by 2025 and there will be at least 60 million senior drivers by 2030.
We recently came across a wonderful article about a man with Alzheimer’s disease and his continuing passion for soccer. Most of us have seen, or at least heard of, the havoc that Alzheimer’s wreaks on the memory of its victims. This man, John, is no different; he is progressively losing the ability to remember who he is. However, he somehow remembers that he loves soccer.
Alzheimer’s disease is currently attacking more than 5 million Americans and remains the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. We at Cramer Law Center have seen the devastating effects the disease can have on our clients, both those who suffer personally and those who are caregivers. Some of us have lost our own loved ones to Alzheimer’s disease.