This online version of the Older Floridians Handbook is intended to be an easy reference source and guide for older Floridians. It contains useful legal and program information on topics of special interest to persons over sixty years of age, but by no means is it limited in value only to older adults. Persons of all ages should find this booklet informative and helpful.

The material provided is based on the laws and practices of the State of Florida and its agencies, and in some cases, the laws and practices of the federal government. This Handbook cannot answer every question, nor can it replace the advice and counsel of an attorney when needed. Rather, it provides information of a general nature and answers to some of the more common questions that older Floridians often have.

This Handbook deals with laws and programs which often change. Consequently, dollar amounts and other details may change, usually on a yearly basis — particularly, figures used to determine eligibility for various programs and the amounts of benefits the programs provide.

For more advice, or when the Handbook directs you to a particular agency, please refer to the back of this Handbook where you will find a compilation of agencies and organizations that deal with programs and problems which affect older Floridians.

The Florida Justice Institute, Inc. and Carlton Fields make no express or implied warranties or guarantees concerning the contents of this publication. Laws and regulations frequently change. Coverage is as of the date of publication. If needed, you are strongly encouraged to seek the services of a lawyer. A list of places to contact when you need the services of a lawyer but do not know how to find one or cannot afford one is provided in the Reference and Referral Information section toward the end of the Handbook. You are also encouraged to use the useful web site for free legal services for those who financially qualify at

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