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Emma Hemness Esq.
Emma Hemness is the founding owner of the Law Office of Emma Hemness P.A. Emma was admitted to practice law in Florida in 1995. As a native of Polk County, she opened the first law office in Lakeland, Florida in January 1998. In May 2000, she opened the second law office (and now the only office) in Brandon.
Clients desiring expertise in the following areas will be working with Attorney Emma Hemness: Wills and trusts; advance directives, durable powers of attorney; asset protection planning; Medicaid qualification and eligibility; Veterans benefits; and special needs trusts.
Elder Law is a complex area of law combining the different elements of estate planning with health care planning. Estate planning often involves the preparation of legal instruments such as Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives. Upon demise, estate administrations such as Probate or Trust administrations may be necessary to transfer assets from one generation to the next.
Health care planning deals with the challenges confronted by older adults with the primary objective of getting quality care and paying for such care without total and complete financial impoverishment. Within Elder Law, opportunities for asset protection while qualifying for programs of government assistance such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Veterans Benefits, are thoroughly analyzed.
In addition, incapacity brought on by disease or the natural processes of aging often requires Guardianship which is a major practice area within Elder Law.
Many of the same laws affecting older adults are of special relevance to persons with disabilities, whether they are children, young adults or seniors. Advising families about the intricacies of SSI and Medicaid programs for persons with disabilities is a key area of practice in Elder Law. Families with special needs members are also counseled on appropriate legal documents and processes, such as Special Needs Trusts and Guardian Advocacy, respectively.