ELDER LAW

ORLANDO ELDER LAW FIRM

Backed By 40+ Years of Elder Law Experience

As you look toward the future, it is important to ensure that you have the necessary framework in place to protect your hard-earned assets and provide peace of mind for your loved ones. At Mark & Brown, P.A., we offer full-service elder law representation for people in Orlando, Kissimmee, and all surrounding communities in Florida.

Whether you are looking to have your first will prepared, you want to explore your options for long-term care planning, or you need assistance with Medicaid, you can rely on Mark & Brown, P.A. to guide you through every step of the process. We have been handling elder law matters since 1971, so don’t wait to give us a call.


Learn more about your options in a free, no-risk consultation.


We Provide Full-Service Representation

At Mark & Brown, P.A., our attorneys offer a wide range of elder law services. From estate planning to probate administration, we are well-equipped to handle it all.

Learn more about a particular area of our elder law practice:

Estate Planning

ORLANDO ESTATE PLANNING LAWYER

Serving Clients in Central Florida Since 1971

You can work an entire lifetime to provide for your family, build up a nest egg and leave behind a legacy for your heirs, but if you do not have a comprehensive estate plan in place, a significant portion of what you have worked so hard for could be distributed against your wishes or forcefully donated to the government.

Isn’t it worth a few hours of your time to protect what you have spent your entire life working for? If your answer is yes, you can rely on Mark & Brown, P.A. to help with all of your estate planning needs, from drafting a will to making sure your special needs loved ones are provided for. Our lawyers offer estate planning services backed by decades of experience, and we work with individuals and families throughout Orlando, Kissimmee, and central Florida.

Call us for a free consult: 407-705-3596 .

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Future

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. If something happened to you tomorrow, would your family be secure? Would they understand how you want your assets distributed? This is why it is so important to take care of estate planning now, when you are able to focus on making these important decisions about your family’s future.

Learn more about the estate planning services we offer:

- Guardianship Of Elderly Parent

GUARDIANSHIP OF PARENTS

Help from Orlando Estate Planning Attorneys

In many cases, the responsibility of making decisions for parents who suffer from conditions like age-related dementia or Alzheimer’s will fall on their adult children. In order to have the legal authority to do so, however, you will need to be appointed your parent’s guardian or agent under a power of attorney or pre-need guardianship.

At Mark & Brown, P.A., our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and explain your options. We draft powers of attorney or, if necessary, file guardianship and conservator petitions for clients in Orlando and surrounding Florida communities. Call (407) 705-3596 to talk to an attorney at our firm.

What Is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is the quickest and most cost-efficient way to obtain legal authority to make decisions for another person. Unfortunately, a person can only complete a power of attorney designation when he or she has the legal capacity to do so. It is important to remember that lucidity in the eyes of the law and lucidity in the eyes of the medical community sometimes have different definitions.

An individual suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia may not have the legal capacity to execute a valid power of attorney. Our Orlando elder care lawyers can perform a mental capacity evaluation and/or obtain a doctor’s statement regarding your parent’s current capacity when necessary. If your parent does not have capacity to make this designation, you may need to seek an appointment as guardian by the court.

What Is a Guardian?

A guardian is a person who has the legal authority to make decisions for a person who does not have the capacity to make those decisions for himself or herself. Florida courts do not grant petitions for guardianship without being fully apprised of the circumstances, the health of the individual and supporting documentation.

The court will appoint a panel of three unbiased experts to evaluate the individual, and those experts will be required to submit separate reports for the court to review. The court will also appoint an independent attorney to represent the individual to ensure that the individual’s rights are protected throughout this process.

The process of appointing a guardian usually takes about two months, unless extenuating circumstances threaten the well-being of the individual.

Have Questions? Call (407) 705-3596.

Our elder law attorneys are here to answer your questions about obtaining the legal authority to make decisions for an incapacitated parent and/or loved one in need of protection. Contact Mark & Brown, P.A. today to arrange a free initial consultation.

- Guardianship Conservatorships

GUARDIANSHIP LAWYER SERVING ORLANDO, FL

Handling Guardianship Matters for 40+ Years

When someone is unable to make crucial decisions due to an injury, illness, disability or mental disorder, a guardian can be appointed to make these decisions on his or her behalf. At Mark & Brown, P.A., we assist people in Orlando and surrounding Florida communities with guardianship petitions. We also help our clients create a plan to avoid future guardianship expenses and demanding court requirements.

Because guardianship is a personal matter, our lawyers make it a priority to work closely with our clients. We take the time to understand their situation, needs, and goals, and develop a plan that best suits their needs and protects their interests. We encourage anyone interested in guardianship services to call our firm and speak personally with an Orlando elder law lawyer from our team.

Consultations are free and confidential.

Is Guardianship a Viable Option?

There are strict rules for granting guardianship, so it is important to ensure that you have a reasonable chance of success before pursuing anything further. It is crucial to understand that lucidity in the eyes of the law may be different than lucidity as defined in the medical field. If your loved one is in need of guardianship, we will work with you to identify their needs and guide you through the petition process.

What Is a Conservatorship?

While rare, the need for a conservatorship can become a reality if you or your family is faced with a situation that would require you to manage a loved one’s affairs. While a conservator has the same rights, powers and duties of a guardian, conservatorships are granted under different circumstances. You can discuss your rights and options with the Orlando elder law attorneys at Mark & Brown, P.A. to learn more.

Speak with an Orlando Estate Planning Attorney!

Guardianship requirements can be daunting. We want to help you protect your loved one’s affairs in a manner that complies with all legal obligations.

Contact us today to arrange your free initial consultation.

- Powers Of Attorney

POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Estate Planning Lawyers in Orlando

If you were mentally or physically incapacitated tomorrow, do you know what would happen to your assets? Do you know who would be put in charge of making decisions on your behalf? The bad news is that unless you have a power of attorney document in place, the answer is no. The good news is that you can change that.

At Mark & Brown, P.A., our estate planning attorneys in Orlando are devoted to providing full-service elder law representation to individuals and families. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have a power of attorney in place, both for the legal benefits and the peace of mind it can provide you and your loved ones.

What Is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney document grants a person of your choice the authority to make decisions on your behalf, including decisions that involve your finances, your legal rights and even your health care. The person you choose for this responsibility will be known as your “agent,” while you will usually be referred to as the “principal.”

In Florida, there are two primary types of powers of attorney:

  • General Power of Attorney: Grants an agent the power to act as if he or she was the principal, making far-reaching decisions on the principal’s behalf.
  • Limited Power of Attorney: Grants agent limited power to make decisions about specific aspects of the principal’s life, such as legal transactions.

Our Orlando elder care lawyers can help you with all of your power of attorney needs, including the creation of the documents and even acting as your agent. If a dispute over your power of attorney results in a legal challenge, we can represent your interests in litigation. Call the team at Mark & Brown, P.A. today to learn more.

Planning Today Can Protect You Tomorrow

To learn more about how a power of attorney can provide you with peace of mind about your financial and medical well-being, contact us for a free consultation.

- Special Needs Planning

SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

An Orlando Estate Planning Lawyer Can Help

At Mark & Brown, P.A., we can help you with all of your family’s estate planning needs, including the creation of special needs trusts where appropriate. We have been representing clients throughout Central Florida since 1971, so you can trust that you will be in capable hands. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

We Handle Complex Estate Planning Needs

There are many things to consider when it comes to special needs planning. This is where our commitment to personal service will work to the benefit of your family. We will take the time necessary to understand your needs and those of your loved ones, and use that information to build a comprehensive estate plan that:

  • Provides financial support and care in your absence
  • Provides a guardian to act on his or her behalf
  • Ensures continued eligibility for Medicaid assistance

Careful planning now can help you rest easy knowing that your special needs loved one will have the resources and care they need to live a healthy, comfortable life in your absence. It’s never too early to start planning, so please do not hesitate to discuss your situation with an Orlando elder law attorney at Mark & Brown, P.A.

How Do Special Needs Trusts Work?

Special needs trusts can be beneficial in the event of long-term care needs, allowing you to transfer assets into the trust in order to maintain eligibility for long-term care benefits. Your choice of trustee is important, as he or she will have considerable say in how your loved one’s affairs are handled in the event of your passing.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

We are ready to help you plan for your loved one’s future. Contact our firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our Orlando special needs planning lawyers. Our legal team has been serving clients throughout Central Florida for 40+ years.

- Trusts

ORLANDO TRUST ATTORNEY

Offering Personalized Solutions for 40+ Years

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to estate planning. Everyone has different circumstances, unique family dynamics and a different portfolio of assets. In order to choose the best estate planning vehicle for your situation, you should have a lawyer by your side who can identify your needs and tailor a solution best suited for you.

At Mark & Brown, P.A., we focus on providing attentive service and personalized solutions to our clients in Orlando, Florida. If you have questions about trusts, our lawyers have the answers you are looking for. Find out if a trust is right for you by calling our firm at (407) 705-3596 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Protecting Your Assets & Family Members

Have you built an impressive amount of wealth? Do you have a large or complex family? Do you have heirs who are disabled or require special assistance in the event of your death? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then a trust may be the best way to preserve your assets and protect the interests of your loved ones.

There are many advantages that come with having a trust, such as the ability to avoid going through probate and having a judge determine where and to whom your assets will go. Assets can be efficiently passed on to beneficiaries according to the terms of the trust, saving them the headaches associated with going to court.

Are There Different Types of Trusts?

One of the main benefits of trusts is that they are very versatile. There are trusts that are appropriate for almost any individual or family situation.

Just a few examples of different trusts include:

  • Spendthrift trusts
  • Educational trusts
  • Asset protection trusts

Orlando Estate Planning Attorneys by Your Side

Your family is unique, which is why your estate planning documents should be too. Our Orlando trust and estate planning attorneys specialize in creating customized plans, not “cookie-cutter” templates. We always strive to provide the personalized service that helps us produce effective plans.

Contact us today to take advantage of a free case evaluation.

- Preparing A Will

WILL LAWYER IN ORLANDO, FL

We Can Help You Plan for the Future

No matter the size of your estate or your current age, it is important to have a last will and testament in order to make your wishes known and protect the estate you wish to leave to your heirs. The first step is to get in touch with an Orlando estate planning attorney at Mark & Brown, P.A. to discuss your options for creating a will.

Our firm takes the time to inform families of their options and possible outcomes. We focus on getting to know our clients on a personal level so that we can help them create estate planning solutions that provide peace of mind. With more than four decades of experience, we are well-equipped to guide you through this process.

Reasons for Having a Will

You don’t have to be wealthy to have a will. If you have minor children, you should have a will to ensure they are protected. Proper estate planning is very important, and every person should have a will. For some, a will is the first step in planning their estate, soon to be followed by more complex planning vehicles such as trusts.

Depending on your situation, a will may be all of the estate planning you will need. If you have modest assets, a will may be much more cost-effective than a trust. Our estate planning lawyers will sit down with you at your initial consultation to identify your needs and explain all of your options for protecting what you hold dear.

Looking Out for You Now & In the Future

As life circumstances change, so should your will. Our Orlando will and trust lawyers will be there for you in the event you need to update your will due to life events, such as the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one or a new marriage.

Create a Lasting Gift for Your Family

Losing a family member is extremely difficult, and can be even more so when people are forced to deal with complex legal issues at the same time. Having a will in place can be a wonderful gift for your loved ones. Our estate planning attorneys in Orlando, FL are here to answer any of the questions you have about creating a will.

Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Long-term Care Planning

LONG-TERM CARE PLANNING

The Time to Start Planning Is Now

Spending a significant portion of time in a nursing home or long-term care facility is an unfortunate reality for many people. With proper planning and guidance from an experienced attorney, you can prepare for this possibility and create a plan that protects your eligibility for benefits while protecting your assets and loved ones.

At Mark & Brown, P.A., we seek to educate our clients about their long-term care planning options and create solutions that meet their needs. Our Orlando estate planning lawyers will take the time to understand your circumstances and achieve an outcome that leaves you and your family with financial security and peace of mind.


Contact us today to arrange a free, no-risk consultation.


You Do Not Have To Lose Your Assets

One of the most unfortunate pieces of misinformation in our society is the idea that you have to spend down all of your assets in order to receive assistance with your needs. We cannot stress enough how wrong this is. Early planning allows for the preservation of your assets now and down the road. While we encourage you to plan early, Mark & Brown, P.A. can always help when the unexpected occurs.

To learn more about our long-term care planning practice and how we can help you protect your estate if the need for long-term care arises, see:

  • Medicaid planning
  • Asset protection trusts
  • Health care directives
  • Planning for incapacitation

We’ll Be Ready When You Are

Are you ready to start planning for the future? Mark & Brown, P.A. can help you prepare for the unexpected and preserve your assets. Contact us today to set up your free initial consultation with one of our elder law attorneys in Orlando, FL. We have been offering comprehensive estate planning services in Florida since 1971.

- Asset Protection Trust

MEDICAID ASSET PROTECTION

Helping You Protect Your Hard-Earned Assets

You have worked too hard to lose it all now. Let our firm protect your hard-earned assets. At Mark & Brown, P.A., we help people in Florida establish asset protection trusts to ensure their assets go to their family rather than the nursing home. We welcome the opportunity to inform you of your options and make sure that you are no longer in the dark when it comes to your long-term care planning options.


Call us today at (407) 705-3596 to set up a free consultation.


How Does an Asset Protection Trust Work?

Simply put, an asset protection trust allows you to protect your assets. Our elder law attorneys in Orlando will carefully put together a plan that serves your best interests, which may include limiting the amount of assets you have at risk, ensuring that your spouse has income and making sure you have a legacy to leave to your heirs.

A Medicaid asset protection trust may be right for you if:

  • You want to preserve assets for family members
  • You may need Medicaid benefits for long-term care
  • You do not have long-term care insurance
  • You trust someone else to manage your trust

This is an irrevocable trust that will require you to designate one or more trustees, other than yourself or your spouse. With a Medicaid asset protection trust, you would be entitled to all of the income—which may be the most effective way to pay for long-term nursing home care—but the principle will be preserved for your family.

We’re Here to Help. Call Now: (407) 705-3596.

The earlier you speak to one of our Orlando elder law lawyers about a Medicaid asset protection trust, the sooner they can get to work protecting your assets and preserving your eligibility. Contact us today to arrange your free case evaluation.

- Health Care Directives

HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

Do You Have Control Over Your Health Care?

If you were to suffer a life-threatening injury tomorrow, would you be prepared? Unfortunately, there comes a time when we are all faced with decisions that weigh heavily on our hearts. That decision needs to be made by you. Creating your advance directive eliminates the burden these decisions could impose on your family.

Luckily, you don’t have to go through this process alone. Mark & Brown, P.A. is here to help you establish a health care advance directive that will not only make your medical preferences known, but eliminate the guesswork for your loved ones. Our firm is backed by four decades of experience, so don’t wait to give us a call.


Ready to get started? Call us today for a free, no-risk consultation.


Making Your Medical Preferences Known

If you do not have a health care directive in place, your loved ones could be left to guess about your wishes. This can be a very stressful burden, exposing your loved ones to vehement opposition from other family members who may not agree. By making your choices known now, you can release your family from this burden.

What can a health care directive accomplish? It could allow you to:

  • Instruct your physician to withhold life-prolonging procedures
  • Designate another person to make medical decisions on your behalf
  • Indicate the desire to make an anatomical donation after death

Get Started with a Free Consult: (407) 705-3596

At Mark & Brown, P.A., we can help you make these important decisions now, while there’s still time. If you are ready to discuss your health care directive options, please contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our Orlando elder law lawyers. We have been assisting clients throughout Central Florida since 1971.

- Medicaid Planning

ORLANDO MEDICAID LAWYER

Do You Qualify for Medicaid Benefits?

According to a recent survey, the annual estimated cost of long-term nursing home care in Florida is $75,000. These steep costs can quickly deplete the nest egg that you have spent a lifetime building. To make matters worse, the savings that you have worked so hard to accumulate may disqualify you for Medicaid benefits.

In order to qualify for Medicaid benefits, where eligibility is income and asset-based, many people find themselves spending down and going broke. We are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. With our help, you may be able to qualify for Medicaid without having to give up everything that you have worked for.


Before taking matters into your own hands, discuss your options with the elder law attorneys at Mark & Brown, P.A. Your initial consultation is free.


Medicaid Plans Crafted to Fit Your Needs

Creating a plan that allows you to qualify for Medicaid while also preserving your estate is a daunting puzzle. Fortunately, our firm is here to guide you through it. When you work with Mark & Brown, P.A., our qualified attorney can put the pieces together in a way that protects your rights and shields you from complications.

In order to avoid the eyes of Medicaid’s five-year “look back” period, it is important to ensure that all of your asset transfers are handled by the book. Ultimately, this will help you maximize your asset protection. Choosing the right trusts and estate planning vehicles, like Medicaid asset protection trusts, will also be critical.

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Future

Taking the appropriate steps now can help you to ensure that your assets are passed on to your family, rather than a nursing home or the government’s coffers. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start planning – contact the Orlando Medicaid attorneys at Mark & Brown, P.A. for a free consultation. We are backed by 40+ years of experience.

- Planning For Incapacitation

PLAN FOR INCAPACITATION

Create a Plan Now Before It Is Too Late

If your loved one becomes incapacitated before a plan has been put in place, you will be left with the daunting prospect of petitioning the court for guardianship. This can take months and be a very frustrating process as you attempt to do the right thing.

At Mark & Brown, P.A., our attorneys have the skills and knowledge necessary to help you plan for incapacitation now and provide your family with peace of mind. We represent individuals and families in Orlando and surrounding communities.


Call us today at (407) 705-3596 to schedule a cost-free consultation.


It’s Important to Understand Your Options

We offer group meetings and educational seminars, so families can learn of their legal options together in a comforting, patient environment. From there, we will guide you through every step of the planning process, which may include actions such as:

  • Establishing a power of attorney
  • Creating a living will or trust
  • Creating a health care directive

We cannot stress enough how important it is to take the time to plan now in order to help your family avoid massive headaches in the future. Our lawyers will be ready when you are. Contact Mark & Brown, P.A. to arrange a free case evaluation.

Call Mark & Brown, P.A. for a Free Consult

Planning for the future is no small matter, which is why you should hire a law firm that you can trust. Mark & Brown, P.A. has been representing clients throughout Orlando, Kissimmee and all surrounding areas since 1971, which means that we can put decades of experience to work for you. Contact our office to learn more.

Probate & Estate Administration

NEED HELP WITH PROBATE OR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION?

We are Backed By 40+ Years of Experience

At Mark & Brown, P.A., our skilled representation extends well beyond preparing estates and managing elder law concerns. We also handle the legal issues that arise once a person dies, helping families manage this difficult time. From our office in Orlando, we represent personal representatives, beneficiaries and other parties in probate and estate administration. Call now to find out how we can assist you.

Probate Administration

Probate is often misunderstood, and the misconceptions have led to a general fear of probate. Our attorneys can make the process simple for you, allowing you to resolve outstanding estate issues and move on. So, what is probate? Probate is the process for distributing a decedent’s assets according to a person’s will or according to laws of intestate. Mark & Brown, P.A. is equipped to handle all aspects of the process.

Estate Administration

What if a person dies without a will? This is where estate administration comes in. We can help you administer an estate according to the laws of intestate, which govern how an estate is handled in the absence of a will. This can take longer than probate and be a bit more complicated, but we will make sure you understand all of your rights and responsibilities, and make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Set Up a Free Consultation: (407) 705-3596

Are you having trouble navigating the complex probate or estate administration process? Our elder law attorneys in Orlando are waiting for your call. Backed by decades of experience, Mark & Brown, P.A. can handle all of the heavy lifting.

Ready to learn more? Fill out a brief case evaluation form online.

Veterans Benefit

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR VETERANS’ BENEFITS?

Discuss Your Options with Mark & Brown, P.A.

Veterans who have served at least 90 days of active military duty during a designated wartime period, as well as a surviving spouse, may be eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover costs such as long-term care, assisted living, in-home care and other medical costs. Even if your costs are not directly related to an injury or disability during your time of service, you are still eligible for benefits.


Not sure if you qualify for benefits? Call us for a free consultation.


We’re Certified to Assist Veterans in Florida

Not all firms are able to handle the complex issues related to veterans’ benefits. At Mark & Brown, P.A., our attorneys are certified to assist veterans and spouses with these issues and are grateful for the opportunity to work with our nation’s heroes. We can handle all aspects of your veterans’ benefits case, including your initial claim, as well as appeals with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Let Us Help You Maximize Your Benefits

Tragically, many Florida veterans are not aware of the benefits they are entitled to. This lack of awareness is great for saving the Department of Veterans Affairs money, but not for the individuals and families who depend on these benefits. Our goal is to make sure that you get every dime to which you are entitled. You served your country and deserve the benefits that have been set aside for people in your situation.

To learn more about how we can help you with your veterans’ benefits issue, contact Mark & Brown, P.A. today for a free case evaluation.

Whether you desire a simple plan to provide your family with guidance after you are gone, or you need help structuring a multi-million-dollar estate, we will be there to guide you every step of the way and make sure you understand your options.

Protecting Your Family Estate & Inheritance

Our Orlando estate planning lawyers are ready to help you with all of your estate-related needs. Contact us today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attend One of Our Group Seminars

Issues like estate planning and long-term care planning can be intimidating at first, but the first step is to become educated about the choices available to you. Mark & Brown, P.A. conducts elder law seminars throughout the region, walking small and large groups of people through basic elder law information. If you would like to attend one of our group seminars, please contact our office at (407) 705-3596.

Contact Us for a Free Consult: 407-705-3596

You are never too young to have an estate plan in place. Waiting until you need a will is not a good way to protect your legacy and take care of your loved ones. After all, tomorrow is not guaranteed. This is why you should take the first step today by calling the Orlando elder law attorneys at Mark & Brown, P.A. for a free consultation.