Guardian may charge fees

Guardian May Charge Fees, Even if Family

A guardian may charge fees for acting as guardian. That basic principle is not really surprising or disputable. But the notion persists that this important work should not cost, or at least be inexpensive. We have written about guardianship fees before. The subject comes back up because of a recent Florida Court of Appeals decision…

SECURE Act - Podcast

The SECURE Act – Podcast Version

You may have read about the SECURE Act, which passed Congress as part of its December, 2019, budget bill. We’ve written about it in our newsletter (more than once, in fact). Many of our clients are still having a hard time figuring out exactly what it means. The new law is confusing — and significantly…

Our fiduciary fees

How We Set Our Fiduciary Fees

At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we sometimes act as trustee, personal representative, agent under a power of attorney, or conservator. We charge a fee for those roles, of course. Anyone considering us should understand how we set our fiduciary fees. In this podcast episode, we talk about our fiduciary fees and how we determine an…

Means-Tested Benefits

What Does “Means-Tested Benefits” Mean?

Many public benefits programs are “means-tested.” But what does that mean? Some programs are based on participation in an insurance model. Those include Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security disability benefits, and even survivor’s and children’s benefits. Medicare eligibility is also based on participation in the program (through employment and withholding or quarterly estimated payments).…