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Older Floridians Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Older Floridians (fifth edition)

The Older Floridians Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Older Floridians (fifth edition) provides basic information relevant to Florida citizens over 60 years old and their families in the areas of financial assistance, including public benefits, health-care, housing, and planning for the future, including sections on wills, trusts, and other advance directives. It includes a particularly useful reference section at the end, listing a wide variety of agency referral contact numbers. The Handbook was first published by the Florida Justice Institute in 1980. Funds for printing the Handbook came from Florida’s Dept. of Elder Affairs.

Attorneys and 2007 summer associates of Carlton Fields assisted in the editing and revising of the content, working collaboratively with the Institute. The firm’s summer associates who contributed to the project included Matthew Ellish; Naomi Massave; Nicole Neustein; Yolanda Paschal; Vanessa Pi; Padmini Raghavan; and Raul Reichard. The Carlton Fields attorneys who supervised the summer associates included Basha V. Hicks, Marsha G. Madorsky, and Terry R. Rigsby. 

A free copy of the Handbook is also available on the Florida Department of Elder Affairs website and at your local Area Agency on Aging (as long as supplies last).

The Florida Justice Institute is a public interest law firm founded in 1978 to increase the statewide availability of legal services. Once described in a Miami Herald feature article as “lawyers of ‘last resort’,” the Institute has long represented the under-represented and unrepresented such as prisoners, the elderly, the poor, the handicapped, and the disabled throughout Florida through direct representation, pro bono programs, and leveraging financial resources. The Florida Justice Institute administers the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project (VLP), a project created by the U.S. District Court for the South District of Florida to represent pro se civil litigants.
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