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How to Title Your Property for Different Stages of Life

If you’re thinking about planning your estate, you’ve hopefully considered working with a lawyer to create important documents like a will or trust agreement, power of attorney, and a health care directive. One thing you might not realize, though, is that the way you title your property can have just as big of an impact on your loved ones as any of those documents.  

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Marital Property: It’s Not About Whose Name Is on the Account!

“It’s my car… I’m the one who drives it and I make the payments.” “You wanted the hardwood floors, and the loan is in your name… they’re not my problem.” 

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Take Care of Your Loved One with a Special Needs Trust

Taking care of a sibling, child, or cousin with special needs is tough. You love that person with all your heart, but you also stay awake at night worrying about what will happen to them after you’re gone and whether they can live on their own and be happy. 

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Probate and Non-Probate Assets: How Planning Now Can Avoid Costs Later

Probate — it’s the word no one wants to hear when settling a loved one’s estate or planning their own. Most people know only enough about probate court to know they want to avoid it. 

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How Do I Get Help for Domestic Violence in Florida?

Domestic violence in real life doesn’t usually look like it does in the movies. Often, it starts small and gets worse as the abuser spins a web and cuts the victim off from their family, friends, and any source of support. By the time you realize how bad things have gotten, you’re in deep, and…

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These 5 Mistakes Can Hurt Your Family Law Case

The breakup of a marriage is always an emotional process, which means that many people going through a divorce let their decision-making become clouded by strong feelings. While this is understandable, it can have a negative impact on your legal case and the overall outcome of your divorce. 

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How Do Florida Courts Determine Child Support? 

If you don’t understand the laws regarding child support in Florida, the child support judgments handed down by courts can seem like a mystery. In some cases, a father of four children may end up owing less child support than a father of two, which can lead to parents feeling frustrated and wronged when the court sets…

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The Value of Trusts for Blended Families and Second Marriages

Marriages after children have grown are often highly intense and romantic, and they can bring an enormous amount of joy to the lives of both spouses. However, these later-in-life marriages can also create some challenges when it comes to estate planning. In many cases, the spouses often want to take care of each other, but…

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“I Take Care of the Kids and I Don’t Work — How Can I Afford a Divorce?”

A petition for divorce can hit especially hard for a stay-at-home parent, and the worries can quickly begin to pile up: How will I support myself and my children?  Where will the money for bills and the rent/mortgage come from?  Will I receive enough child support and alimony?  Can I handle this alone? If not, how can I possibly afford an attorney?…

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“I Want to Go Home!”: Relocating with Children After a Divorce

After a divorce, there’s nothing you want more than a fresh start, which is why taking your children and moving to a new location can seem like a wonderful idea. You’re not alone if you feel this way, and many of our clients come to us and ask some version of the following: 

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Wondering How to Protect an Aging Parent’s Assets? Planning Ahead Is Key

Thanks to advances in medical science and technology, people in the U.S. are living longer than ever — but those extra years of life sometimes come with serious financial and estate planning challenges. 

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How Does an Unmarried Father Protect His Paternity Rights?

Unmarried fathers can find themselves in a tricky situation when it comes to parental rights. While mothers have automatic rights to their children in the state of Florida, unmarried fathers generally need to establish their paternity before they can claim the same legal status. 

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Have You Planned for Child Care in the Event of an Emergency?

When a family emergency hits, one thought stands out among the tangle of concerns racing through your mind: How can you make sure your children are safe and properly cared for? 

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“This Just Isn’t Working Anymore”: Modifying Child Support and Time-Sharing in Florida

If you’ve gone to court to settle a family law matter and the court issued an order for time-sharing, alimony, or child support, you may be under the impression that the court’s order provides the “last word” on the issue (or issues) that it addresses.

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Financial Abuse: A Hidden Form of Domestic Violence

Most people today understand that the definition of domestic violence can extend beyond physical abuse to include emotional and psychological harm and manipulation.

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Ask Yourself These 6 Questions Before Hiring Your Divorce Attorney

Whether you’re certain you want to get divorced or you’re just considering your options during a time of marital trouble, good legal advice will help you make the best decisions — for you and for any children in your family. But how do you find “good” legal advice? Can you just call the first attorney…

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