Manasota Elder Law, PLLC

Manasota Elder Law, PLLC Relationship-based estate planning law firm located on the west coast of Florida.

SW Florida relationship-based estate planning, elder law, and probate law firm.

So sad. I tell all my clients that while good estate planning documents are extremely useful when families get along and...

So sad. I tell all my clients that while good estate planning documents are extremely useful when families get along and love each other, they can’t prevent legal battles - especially when there’s a lack of open communication among all parties - because too many people are selfish, greedy, and hateful. If your kids aren’t, their significant others are.

As an aside, it appears that the second will may have been executed remotely due to COVID. I foresee a lot of lawsuits coming down the pike when estate planning documents were executed without the testator, witnesses, and notary being physically in the same room. FL now allows that, but I don’t recommend it nor does my office offer it. Because no one can see what’s happening off-screen. There’s already so much litigation involving wills and trusts, why open the door to more?

A legal battle is underway over the estate of the South Dakota couple who earned millions from the sale of Sue the T-Rex.


I saw this on another post…so true.

"When my mom was cleaning out her house over 23 years ago to sell it, I wasn't very sympathetic over her attachments to things. I would go over on weekends to help her, and we would go through things...things for a yard sale, things to donate, things to throw away. I would usually get upset over how long it was taking her to decide. For instance, we were going through kitchen cabinets, and she spent 20 minutes looking at a black iron kettle with a lid. Finally I said,

“Mom, at this rate it is going to take us another 2 years.”

She told me that her mother used to make meals in that kettle and leave them at doorsteps of neighbors during the depression. Mom would deliver them, and then they would reappear back on her porch with an apron, or a wood carving; something in return for the meal. I realized that everything that my mom was going through was really a reliving of her life.

If you are reading this and are under the age of 60, you wont get it. You haven't lived long enough. Most of you have not had to move your parents into a nursing home, or broken up their home. You haven't lived long enough to realize that the hours you spend picking out the right cabinets, or the perfect tile will not be what matters in the later years. It will be the handmade toothbrush holder, or a picture that you took on vacation.

So, if your parents are downsizing, and moving to smaller places, or selling a home, give your mom and even your dad a break. Those things that you don't understand why they can’t just pitch, and why you think you know what needs to be tossed or saved, give them a little time to make their decisions. They are saying goodbye to their past, and realizing that they are getting ready for their end of life, while you are just beginning your life.

As I have been going through things, its amazing just how hard it is to get rid of objects. But, life goes on, and you realize they are just things; but sometimes things comfort us. So give your parents or grandparents a break. Listen to their stories, because in 40 years, when you are going through those boxes and the memories come back, it will be hard to get rid of those reminders of precious moments that make up a life well lived.

You just don't have a clue until it happens to you, and then you will remember how you rushed them, and it will make you sad, especially if they are already gone, and you can't say, 'I’m sorry...I just didn't understand' until it's too late."

Melissa Vaughan

Taking Charge: The Importance of a Power of Attorney for Aging Parents

Taking Charge: The Importance of a Power of Attorney for Aging Parents

With a valid POA, you can manage your loved one's financial affairs, pay bills, and make necessary decisions without having to resort to expensive and time-consuming court appointments for legal guardianship.


677 N. Washington Boulevard
Sarasota, FL

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 12:30pm


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What makes Manasota Elder Law Different?

You work hard and play hard. Maybe you’ve given your blood, sweat, and tears to build a business that’s finally providing some financial security. You love your family and care about what will happen to them when you’re not around.

You’re willing to take responsibility for what will happen to you, your family, your business, and your prized possessions when you die or become incapacitated.

You know that a legacy is about more than just leaving “stuff” to people…it’s about passing on your story and your values.

But things like wills, trusts, probate, and Medicaid are confusing. And anything to do with taxes or long-term care can be just plain scary.

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