Your Local Elder Law Attorneys

The Slonim & Lemieux Law Firm attorneys are focused on Elder Law (Probate, Guardianship, Estate Planning & Medicaid Planning) in Brevard county (Melbourne, Viera, and Palm Bay) and Osceola county. We take pride in working closely with our clients to ensure that they obtain the best representation for the value. Helping people is our job. Preserving our client’s rights and interests is our focus.

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Elder Law

Areas of Practice

Elder law consists of the several areas of practice including the Florida Probate Administration (Formal, Summary, and Ancillary) of an estate; Guardianship of an incapacitated person or minor; Trust and Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts; and Advance Directives such as Powers of Attorney, Health Care Surrogates, Living Wills, and Pre-need Guardianship Declarations), and Medicaid Planning.

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Trust & Estate Planning

You don’t need an “estate” to have an estate plan. The attorneys at Slonim & Lemieux, we prefer to think of it as LIFE planning, as it’s more important to have a plan in place if you or a a loved one is incapacitated. This time in a person’s life is not the time to start figuring out who can pay the bills, file or defend a lawsuit, or a variety of other daily legal, financial, and medical factors. Have the estate planning lawyers create a Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, Living Will, and Pre-Need Guardianship Declaration when you don’t need them, so your loved won’t stress when you need them most.

Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the decedent's assets, paying taxes, claims and expenses and distributing assets to beneficiaries. The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes.

Probate

Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the decedent’s assets, paying taxes, claims and expenses and distributing assets to beneficiaries. The probate attorneys at Slonim & Lemieux turn probate administration into a process you can understand. Probate is simply the process of following the instructions set forth in the Florida Statutes, if there’s no Last Will and Testament, or if there is a Will, then the instructions set forth in the Will. The three typical types of administration are Formal, Summary, and Ancillary.

Medicaid Planning Attorney

Medicaid Planning

Through Medicaid planning, the attorneys at Slonim & Lemieux can assist families in addressing the needs of long term care.Unfortunately, many nursing home residents end up exhausting their assets on long-term care. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s crisis planning or creating an exhaustive “what if” plan and executing it, you can rest easy knowing the assets you or your loved ones have worked their whole lives for, can be properly safeguarded.

Guardianship Law Attorney

Guardianships

A guardian is someone appointed by the court to oversee and manage a person legal, financial, and/or medical affairs.

A guardian is usually appointed because the Ward is incapable of managing themselves, either through incapacity or age (minors).

Remember, this removes a person’s Constitutional Rights. It is the MOST restrictive means possible of caring for someone. Contact the guardianship attorneys at Slonim & Lemieux to learn more.

Digital Asset Estate Management

Digital Estate Management

Dealing with as loved one’s physical assets after death is hard enough, but then having to manage the closure or change of that person’s Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, and other accounts can only add to the stress of the process. We can help our clients close such accounts and ensure that the deceased’s data is safely removed from the online world, thereby preventing unwanted identity theft or other malicious actions.

Coast to Coast

We are able to attend to the areas of Estate Planning, Probate law, Guardianship law, and Medicaid Planning needs of clients coast to coast, from Florida to California. David Slonim is available to help clients throughout Florida, including Melbourne, Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, Jacksonville, Daytona, Miami, and Palm Beach. We are also proud to work with Adam Slonim, a family estate planning attorney in San Diego, California.

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      Repetitive negative thinking linked to dementia risk

      June 26th, 2020|

      Persistently engaging in negative thinking patterns may raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, finds a new UCL-led study.

      In the study of people aged over 55, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, researchers found ‘repetitive negative thinking’ (RNT) is linked to subsequent cognitive decline as well as the deposition of harmful brain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s.

      The researchers say RNT should now be further investigated as a potential risk factor for dementia, and psychological tools, such as mindfulness or meditation, should be studied to see if these could reduce dementia risk.

      Lead author Dr Natalie Marchant (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Depression and anxiety in mid-life and old age are already known to be risk factors for dementia. Here, we found that certain thinking patterns implicated in depression and anxiety could be an underlying reason why people with those disorders are more likely to develop dementia.

      “Taken alongside other studies, which link depression and anxiety with dementia risk, we expect that chronic negative thinking patterns over a long period of time could increase the risk of dementia. We do not think the evidence suggests that short-term setbacks would increase one’s risk of dementia.

      “We hope that our findings could be used to develop strategies to lower people’s risk of dementia by helping them to reduce their negative thinking patterns.”

      For the Alzheimer’s Society-supported study, the research team from UCL, INSERM and McGill University studied 292 people over the age of 55 who were part of the PREVENT-AD cohort study, and a further 68 people from the IMAP+ cohort.

      Over a period of two years, the study participants responded to questions about how they typically think about negative experiences, focusing on RNT patterns like rumination about the past and worry about the future. The participants also completed measures of depression and anxiety symptoms.

      Their cognitive function was assessed, measuring memory, attention, spatial cognition, and language. Some (113) of the participants also underwent PET brain scans, measuring deposits of tau and amyloid, two proteins which cause the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, when they build up in the brain.

      The researchers found that people who exhibited higher RNT patterns experienced more cognitive decline over a four-year period, and declines in memory (which is among the earlier signs of Alzheimer’s disease), and they were more likely to have amyloid and tau deposits in their brain.

      Depression and anxiety were associated with subsequent cognitive decline but not with either amyloid or tau deposition, suggesting that RNT could be the main reason why depression and anxiety contribute to Alzheimer’s disease risk.

      “We propose that repetitive negative thinking may be a new risk factor for dementia as it could contribute to dementia in a unique way,” said Dr Marchant.

      The researchers suggest that RNT may contribute to Alzheimer’s risk via its impact on indicators of stress such as high blood pressure, as other studies have found that physiological stress can contribute to amyloid and tau deposition.

      Co-author Dr Gael Chételat (INSERM and Université de Caen-Normandie) commented: “Our thoughts can have a biological impact on our physical health, which might be positive or negative. Mental training practices such as meditation might help promoting positive- while down-regulating negative-associated mental schemes.

      “Looking after your mental health is important, and it should be a major public health priority, as it’s not only important for people’s health and well-being in the short term, but it could also impact your eventual risk of dementia.”

      The researchers hope to find out if reducing RNT, possibly through mindfulness training or targeted talk therapy, could in turn reduce the risk of dementia. Dr Marchant and Dr Chételat and other European researchers are currently working on a large project to see if interventions such as meditation may help reduce dementia risk by supporting mental health in old age.

      Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Understanding the factors that can increase the risk of dementia is vital in helping us improve our knowledge of this devastating condition and, where possible, developing prevention strategies. The link shown between repeated negative thinking patterns and both cognitive decline and harmful deposits is interesting although we need further investigation to understand this better. Most of the people in the study were already identified as being at higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, so we would need to see if these results are echoed within the general population and if repeated negative thinking increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease itself.

      “During these unstable times, we are hearing from people every day on our Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect line who are feeling scared, confused, or struggling with their mental health. So it’s important to point out that this isn’t saying a short-term period of negative thinking will cause Alzheimer’s disease. Mental health could be a vital cog in the prevention and treatment of dementia; more research will tell us to what extent.”

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      Medicaid FAQ

      June 23rd, 2020|

      Is it possible to get Medicaid in Florida if, for example, the Applicant’s income is $3,000.00 per month? Yes, it is. The best thing to do is to discuss the options with an Elder Law Attorney. One option may be to look into having a Qualified Income Trust (aka Miller Trust) created for such a purpose. Be aware that even if such a trust is created, the state is still likely to be the beneficiary of any funds remaining in such a Trust after the applicant is approved and passes away. Appointments are available via video conferencing or in person. Contact us  and schedule an appointment today!

      Estate Planning Carpe Diem

      May 16th, 2020|

      As we experience the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic many of us are seeing the consequences of being unprepared. Like most matters in life, preparation is a key component to success, and proper estate planning is no different. Engaging an attorney to prepare your estate plan ensures that you have a strategy in place to protect those that you care about most.

      Many people mistakenly believe estate planning is reserved only for those that are entering retirement or the wealthy, which could not be farther from the truth. Without adequate preparation, you and your love ones are at risk of having your financial, medical and end of life decision decided by the Court instead of your directives. A properly executed estate plan enables you to select trusted individuals to manage your financial, medical, and end of life decision during times of mental incapacity. Furthermore, it allows you to direct the transfer of your assets upon your passing, and safeguard against potential spendthrift children. It is common that I am presented with families that wait until the last minute to create an estate plan.

      Unfortunately, many times these families are unable to implement their plan due to capacity issues, which results in the court determining who will manage your financial and medical decisions. Failing to plan typically costs families additional professional fees and results in a default estate plan according to Florida law that is not unique to their circumstances. Now is the time to act and place you and your family first and implement of plan to ensure there is certainty during uncertain times. Stay safe, and we wish you and your family good health.