One of the firm’s paralegals volunteers with a local hospice, Avow. Her philosophy that we all have a right to die with dignity drew her to volunteering at a hospice. Once a week she goes to the Georgeson Medical facility on the Avow campus. She serves refreshments to families of patients, helps patients with meals, and sits with patients who are alone. In her words, “When I sit with someone who is alone and dying, the experience seems almost sacred, as if I’m in church.” She received rigorous training and a thorough background check prior to being allowed to volunteer. Avow volunteers are expected to continue their knowledge and training throughout the year by participating in events held in the community, and Avow requires that volunteers refresh their knowledge about compliance issues annually. Continue Reading →
The term “hospice care” traces its history back to the hospitality offered in medieval times when it referred to providing shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers. Now of course it refers to a specific method of end-of-life care.
The modern meaning of the term “hospice” was first formally applied by physician Dame Cicely Saunders. Saunders worked with the terminally ill and ultimately created the first modern hospice in a residential suburb of London. She later introduced the idea to the United States during a 1963 Yale University visit and lecture about the concept of holistic care.
Her lecture included photographs showing before and after effects of symptom control care with terminally ill cancer patients and their families. A detailed history can be found at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s website by clicking here. Continue Reading →
So, your Uncle John asked you to be the executor (or, in Florida and a few other states, a “personal representative”) of his will, and you agreed. You’re honored that he trusts you to handle the job, and you want to make sure everything is done right for him. But do you know what all of your responsibilities will be upon his death?
There are a number of forms of ancillary administration in Florida and we will discuss each one throughout our blog posts. However, there is one in particular that not too many know about and that one is called a Short-Form Ancillary Administration.
There are a number of rules and requirements to use this type of proceeding, so keep reading.