I have 15+ years experience in probate, guardianship (adult, minor and guardian advocacy) and estate planning (wills, power of attorney, health care surrogates & preneed guardian designations). I am a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated attorney, which is a peer review rating and is the highest possible rating for ethics, skill and professionalism.
My passion is people and giving them a voice. Whether it's working to stop elder exploitation or creating a custom estate plan so that you make your wishes known, my job is to help my clients.
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- Sherri M. Stinson, P.A.
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- Pearse & Stinson, P.A.
- University of Florida
- J.D. (2003)
- Emory University
- B.A. (1999) | English
- The Florida Bar  # 0716456
- Sherri M. Stinson, P.A.
- Q. My brother passed away unexpectedly, I was his poa. No will no executor what do m.j I do now to take care of his stuff
- A: Any authority you had as power of attorney terminated at the time your brother died. Unfortunately, this case demonstrates why everyone should have a will. Without a will (called "intestate") means that people you may not want to receive your assets will inherit. Unless you've affirmatively agreed to be personally responsible for his bills, you are under no personal obligation to pay them. If you are wanting to be reimbursed for funeral expenses, you would need to open an estate, provide the kids with notice and then file a claim to be reimbursed.
- Q. My mother is 92 and starting to fall. My sister checked with some long-term care facilities who told her that my mother
- A: The facility is talking about Medicaid planning. My guess is that your mother is going to run out of assets but presently has either too much in income or assets to qualify for Medicaid. The income cap limit for 2019 is $2,313 gross per month and the asset limit is $2,000 in countable assets for a single person and $128,420 for a married couple. If she owns a home, the home doesn't count so long has she intends to return and the value is less than a certain amount. Medicaid planning is complex and you should consult a board certified elder law attorney before doing anything. Please do not use a company that claims to do Medicaid benefits. This is something that is very easy to mess up and you must have competent counsel in order to do it.
- Q. Person dies intestate in Florida. Only survivors are a sister and nieces/nephews of deceased siblings. Who inherits?
- A: Florida law prescribes who inherits in a state when someone dies without a will. The sister and the children of the deceased sibling would inherit the estate in equal shares.