Property Tax Relief

On January 29, 2008, voters passed Amendment No.1 which significantly changes our property tax exemptions.  The Amendment provides tax relief in a number of ways. Double Homestead Exemption The previous $25,000 exemption will now be $50,000 for all homesteads valued...

Personal Service Contracts

What is a Personal Service Contract? When an elder is either already in a nursing home or will need long term care in the near future, the Personal Service Contract (“Contract”) is a planning tool to preserve a lump sum of the elder’s assets in exchange for personal...

Are You a Florida Resident?

Perhaps a better question to ask is “Does the state you left still consider you a resident there?” Florida is considered a tax-friendly state.  Many people wish to avoid the state income, gift, inheritance, capital gains, or estate taxation imposed by their...

Qualified Income Trusts

Medicaid News What is a Qualified Income Trust (QIT)? A QIT is sometimes referred to as a Medicaid Income Trust or a Miller Trust.  It is a legal document which allows individuals who are over the state-imposed income cap to qualify for Medicaid’s institutionalized...

Free Seminars

Jennifer R. Howell donates her time to local support groups, clubs, churches and other organizations to educate the community regarding elder law issues.  Some seminar topics include Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, and Florida Residency. Please contact...