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EPPN.jpgDavid Goldman of Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC, Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog, and NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog became a member of the Estate Planning Professionals network (EPPN) of the NRA. The next EPPN event will be held in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2010.

As a member of the EPPN, David can modify wills and trusts with language that can be added to Florida Wills and Trusts to make bequests to the national Rifle Association or any of the NRA charities or endowments.

Many of my Jacksonville Estate Planning clients ask me when and how often they should review their Florida Estate Plan. I like to recommend that people take a look at their situation on a yearly basis and if they notice any of the following, they should make an appointment with their Florida Estate Planning Lawyer.

1. Change or contemplation of change in Marital status;

2. Death of spouse;

3. You or your spouses’ health changes;

Florida Estate Planning Documents can be lost during a hurricane or tropical storm. Just when a Florida Will, Power of Attorney, or Florida Living Will, Designation of Health care Surrogate & HIPAA release.

You should protect your original signed documents by keeping them in with in waterproof container and if possible off the floor or at a bank in a safety deposit box A scanned copy of these documents should be keep with your and made available at an off site storage facility like Google or any free document storage provider.

If you home is damaged and is inside a Florida Revocable Trust you may have to provide an original copy of the trust to the insurance company.

Yes, the Privacy Rule generally allows a parent to have access to the medical records about his or her child, as his or her minor child’s personal representative when such access is not inconsistent with State or other law.

There are three situations when the parent would not be the minor’s personal representative under the Privacy Rule. These exceptions are:

1. When the minor is the one who consents to care and the consent of the parent is not required under State or other applicable law;

2. When the minor obtains care at the direction of a court or a person appointed by the court; and 3. When, and to the extent that, the parent agrees that the minor and the health care provider may have a confidential relationship.

However, even in these exceptional situations, the parent may have access to the medical records of the minor related to this treatment when State or other applicable law requires or permits such parental access. Parental access would be denied when State or other law prohibits such access. If State or other applicable law is silent on a parent’s right of access in these cases, the licensed health care provider may exercise his or her professional judgment to the extent allowed by law to grant or deny parental access to the minor’s medical information.

While Florida generally recognizes wills created in another state that were valid at the time they were created, it is often a good idea to have your will reviewed by a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer when you move to Florida.

One problem we often run into is that guardians for minor children who reside in Florida must be a close relative or a resident of the state of Florida. Often people designate non-relatives that do not reside in Florida and these are not effective.

While it is possible to create a trust or other legal instrument to allow a non-resident to manage the property of a minor, this should not be done in a will as it may be ineffective.

Roy Doppelt, a California estate planning lawyer, wrote an article on HIPAA and Advanced Health Car Directives. Much of his information applies to Florida Advanced Health Care directives. Roy states that an Advance Health Care Directive appoints a family member or friend to make health care decisions for you if you become physically or mentally unable to make them for yourself.

The person appointed is your Agent and many people appoint backup agents to help make decisions. We typically draft these documents in conjunction with a living will and a HIPAA release so that your Agent cannot show one document without the other in an attempt to avoid your desires.

Google Health just began offering personal health records on the Web. They are joining WebMD, Microsoft, and Revolution Health.

These services are designed to help consumers manage their health care and medical spending records.

Google record allows users to send personal information to some clinics or to pull records from the clinic into the Google personal file. One clinic that has begun working with Google is the Cleveland Clinic.

It could be happening again in Florida, The Palm Beach Post has a report on a similar case. If you do not have a Florida Living Will now is the time to get one.

Karen Weber did not have a Florida Living Will when she suffered a seizure back in November. Her husband wants to disconnect the feeding tube that has kept her alive for the past 7 months.

The courts have not ruled on Ms. Weber’s condition and it is Mr. Weber’s intent to keep it a private matter.

Often clients do Florida Estate Planning in anticipation of an overseas trip or international relocation. They often ask if they should make special considerations because of their anticipated location.

Generally we advise clients that the planning is basically the same even if they will be living overseas for an extended period of time. The one area where there may be differences is in their Durable Power of Attorney where it might be advisable to make changes.

These changes require an evaluation of the current and anticipated needs of the individual client and cannot be generalized.

The other day, I wrote an article on the pitfalls of using a Free Florida Durable Power of Attorney. I have been thinking of a way to provide a good power of attorney for my readers. I have been unable to come up with a generic form that I feel comfortable publishing because of the huge liability associated with the Power of Attorney in Florida. Perhaps I will figure a way to accomplish this in the future. In the mean time, I have created the second most important document to any Florida Estate Plan – the Combination Living Will, Designation of Health care Surrogate and HIPAA Release.

You may ask what is a Combo Living Will and how is it different than my existing document. The biggest difference is that this document contains a HIPAA release which is necessary for your agent to obtain medical records, and the power for your agent to make decisions when you are unable to.

Many lawyers provide these as 3 separate documents. I find that my clients like to have them in a single document because it avoids the ability for your agent to show one or more but not all of the documents to achieve their desired results and circumvent yours. By having a single document you can make sure the objectives of Florida Living Will are preserved and consistent with any actions taken by your medical agent.

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