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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My father is in ICU in Orlando FL due to covid. He has been in ICU and on a ventilator since 8/28. He has a DNR, but n

But no living will or advance directive. They took him off sedation 3 days ago, and have called us to tell us he has lesions on his brain and that they “believe” he’s brain dead. But when asked the doctor cannot say for certain he sees brain damage. Today is Sunday 9/26. They want us to agree... View More

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Sep 27, 2021

It depends on whether your father designated health care surrogate or proxy. If he did not, the law provides a pecking order of person to make decision on his behalf. The first on the order is court appointed person, followed by the spouse. If you have reason to believe that your step mother is not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: Is airfare reimbursed if you travel to handle estate business, like hiring an Estate lawyer in Florida?

I travel from New York to Ft.Lauderdale to get the probate of deceased relative started.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Aug 3, 2021

Very sorry for your loss and the passing of your relative, please accept my condolences and sympathy for you and your family at this difficult time. It in most instances is not necessary to travel to Florida to hire an attorney, start a probate or really do anything related to the probate initially... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: My mother had 5 beneficiaries on her annuity she made me power of attorney specifically to remove 3 of those beneficiari

From her annuity leaving me and my sister Do I have the power as POA to remove individuals requested by my mother She could not sign the papers herself changing beneficiary because of the coronavirus which she died from And because access to her was restricted she gave me power of attorney to take... View More

Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm
answered on Nov 15, 2020

If you have not had any luck with the insurance company, your next step is to hire an estate attorney to talk to their legal department. If that does not help, then the insurance company will file most likely file an "interpleader" and turn the proceeds over to the court, to have them... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: How would a Florida POA Principal sign a new POA if they are in assisted living under lockdown due to COVID19?

Principal wants to revoke current POA and Agent and to create a new durable POA.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Jun 15, 2020

You can contact a Florida Estate Planning Attorney and they can draft a Durable Power of Attorney and then you can mail the POA to the person at the facility and they can get the document witnesses and notarized at the facility that will surely have a notary on hand or can provide one or you can... View More

5 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Florida on
Q: Hello,My mom recently passed away in Florida. She has two IRA accounts, a 401k and life insurance with no will. She

had only two heirs, my sister and I, but I live out of the country and unable to return any time soon because of COVID-19. Her accounts total about $30k not including the life insurance. I am worried my sister will be able to take everything as I am not there. She has also already forcibly taken... View More

Seril L Grossfeld
Seril L Grossfeld
answered on Apr 14, 2020

You should hire a probate attorney to assist you. Normally assets such as life insurance policies, and retirement accounts, such as IRA accounts and 401k allow the owner of the account to name beneficiaries and these assets pass outside of an estate to the named beneficiary. If there is no named... View More

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