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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
|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.
|The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has declared the month of May as “National Elder Law Month” as an effort to call attention the the legal rights and legal resources available to educate older Americans within their communities.
Unlike traditional lawyers, elder law attorneys deal with their clients “holistically” – helping with the issues that affect a particular segment of the population rather than a narrow area of law.
When clients visit an elder law attorney, they generally present problems beyond the need for a will or a power of attorney. Elder law attorneys are familiar with the network of services and providers who assist clients effectively.
NAELA devotes much of its resources to education of its members. Elder law attorneys must constantly monitor the ever-changing statutes and regulations to which older adults are beholden for their daily existence.
Contact our office and schedule an appointment to address your elder law needs.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK LIVE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020, AT 11:00AM FOR A Q &A SESSION WITH DAVID SLONIM, ESQ.
To help our community answer your life planning legal questions, we are putting on Facebook live-stream sessions every Friday, starting 4/24, 11:00A-11:30A EST. The community is invited to participate w/Q&As. Recordings will be available on Instagram & YouTube.
Get your life planning questions answered as we discuss estate planning, probate, guardianship, and medicaid questions. (This does not constitute an attorney-client relationship)