15

Nov 2016

Why You Should Make a Will Today

A last will and testament is a document spelling out how you want your personal property distributed after your death. While a will is often a simple undertaking, many people avoid making one until it is too late. That is why you should work with the experienced Florida elder law lawyer, K. Hunter Goff, P.A. to ensure your affairs are in order should some unforeseen...

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27

Oct 2016

Discharging Student Debt Through Bankruptcy

Generally, even in bankruptcy proceedings, a student debt cannot be discharged. There is, however, one exception for those who can prove that repaying a student loan would cause undue hardship. Owing student debt can be overwhelming and stressful, so if you are looking for ways to restructure your payment plan or to get out of debt entirely, it is important to retain the services of...

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25

Oct 2016

Creating a Special Needs Trust

In Florida, it is possible to create what is commonly referred to as a special needs trust for disabled relatives. These trusts allow beneficiaries to retain their eligibility to receive government benefits, including Medicaid and Social Security, while not being forced to give up their inheritance. If you have questions or concerns about setting up a special needs trust for your own loved one, it...

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07

Oct 2016

What Happens If I Default on My Florida Student Loan?

With Florida college students returning to classes for the fall semester, graduating seniors will soon face the burden of needing to repay their student loans. For many soon-to-be-graduates, a weak job market will leave them unable to make potentially crippling monthly payments. Within a few years of graduating, these same students may face the prospect of considering bankruptcy protection. How Florida Student Debt Compares to the...

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30

Sep 2016

How a Florida Power of Attorney Can Help You

One of the most important documents pertaining to Florida elder law is the Power of Attorney. In many respects, the Power of Attorney has greater impact on a person than even a will. After all, a will only take effect when a person dies while a Power of Attorney deals with their property and personal care while they are still alive. For issues with power of...

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28

Sep 2016

 The Impact of ITT Technical Institute’s Closing on Florida Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt has become the single largest source of financial anxiety for many Florida residents, even surpassing other types of consumer debt such as credits cards and home mortgages. Unlike other debts, student loans are often difficult to discharge through bankruptcy, but there are some situations wherein the federal government may allow you to discharge an unpaid student loan without bankruptcy. Accreditor, DOE Warnings...

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23

Sep 2016

How to Cover the High Costs of Long-Term Nursing Care in Florida

If you have ever looked into long-term care facilities in Florida, you know that the costs can be staggering. At an average of $96,725 a year for just the rent on a private room in a nursing home facility, plus an additional $37,800 for medical care, an individual can expect to pay $134,525 a year—an annual cost that many individuals cannot afford. Unfortunately, as many...

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22

Aug 2016

2016 K. Hunter Goff Bankruptcy/Consumer Rights Scholarship Winner

Maria Flores, from Weston, FL and a recent graduate of Cypress Bay High School, is the winner of the 2016 Bankruptcy/Consumer Rights Scholarship sponsored by my law firm, K. Hunter Goff, P.A. Maria will take the $1,000 cash award with her to Nova Southeastern University this Fall, where she will start her work towards a Psychology degree. Maria’s family immigrated from Venezuela when it became...

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20

Jul 2016

What Orlando Students Need to Know About Student Loans & Bankruptcy

If you are a Florida resident that is entering college this fall, you may not fully appreciate the potential student loan debt that may accumulate during the next four-plus years of your study. For recent high school graduates, the reality of student loan debt is all too real. Faced with poor job prospects and mounting living expenses, you may need to turn to an Orlando...

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11

Jul 2016

Beware of Student Loan “Debt Relief” Scams Targeting Florida Students

Many Florida residents are currently facing an uphill battle to repay their student loan debt. Unbeknownst to many, scammers are preying on these residents and their desperate situation. In recent years, a number of Florida residents have fallen victim to “debt relief” schemes that make false promises regarding forgiveness of student loan debts, and federal and state officials are now cracking down on these scams. If...

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