Apr 172012
 
Britney Spears' Fiance Files To Become Her Co-Guardian

Superstar artist Britney Spears, 30, has filed a request in court that a judge appoint her fiance, Jason Trawick, as her co-conservator to help oversee her personal affairs along with her father, Jamie Spears.  If a judge approves the request, Mr. Trawick would join Jamie Spears in exercising control over the singer’s personal decisions, including her food, clothing, and medical care.  Jamie Spears and an attorney have controlled Ms. Spears’ personal and financial affairs since February 2008, when he sought to intervene after months of Spears’ well-publicized erratic behavior, which culminated in her admission to a hospital for psychiatric treatment.  More…

Oct 042011
 
Falling Into the “Gap” - How A Qualified Income Trust Works

The Florida Institutional Care Program (ICP) is a Medicaid program that helps people in nursing facilities pay for the cost of their care while also providing general medical coverage.  In Florida, the ICP is managed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).  Services for ICP are provided by participating skilled nursing facilities that are reimbursed according to state formulas.  To qualify for Medicaid benefits for nursing home care under the ICP, an applicant must meet three eligibility requirements: categorical, resource, and income. The categorical requirements for ICP are as follows: individuals must (1) be a U.S. citizen or More…

Aug 122011
 
Another Use For The Revocable Living Trust - Avoid “Living Probate”

Many of us are familiar with the high price of going through the probate process after the loss of a loved one.  Court costs, attorney’s fees, and other expenses can serve as a constant strain on the financial well-being of a decedent’s estate and the probate process is both time consuming and complicated.  Oftentimes, a qualified estate planning attorney will recommend the use of a revocable living trust as an easier and less-costly alternative to probate for accomplishing the transfer assets after death. But what about probate that takes place while an individual is still alive?  Often termed “living probate,” More…