June 1, 2020

Pedestrian’s Rights in an Accident

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home and safer at home orders that are going on in Florida, there are fewer cars on the road, and a lot more people are getting outside and going for runs, walks, and bike rides. However, there are still cars on the road, and there are still accidents happening. If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist and get hit by a car, you still have certain rights. One of those is that your car insurance will pay for the first $10,000 of your medical bills. You can use your PIP Insurance, which […]
March 30, 2020
Co-Parenting During COVID-19

Five Tips for Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we all continue to cope with schools being closed, businesses being closed, quarantine/shelter-in-place orders being issued, and generally, life as we know it fundamentally changing as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have received numerous calls and e-mails about how time-sharing schedules and co-parenting works during this time. Divorced or separated parents must find ways to effectively co-parent and communicate in order to ensure that there is no added stress on their children during these unsure and scary times. Below are my five tips for co-parenting during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Be Respectful. We are all stressed out. Do […]
January 15, 2019

7 Things To Do After An Accident

Clip this article and keep it in your glove-box. The advice here may seem obvious, and you probably know all of it already, but in the heat of the moment following an accident, even the best of us may forget. 1. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you have even the slightest doubt about how badly someone is hurt, call an ambulance. 2. Get to safety. Move your car out of the way of traffic if you can. Turn off the engine, put the car in park, and turn on your hazard lights. 3. Call 911. Even if […]
September 28, 2018

Economic verses Non-Economic Damages

What are “Non-Economic Damages” Worth? When it comes to damages in a lawsuit, maybe they should be called objective vs. subjective – or quantitative vs. qualitative – but the legal terms of art are economic and non-economic. Economic damages are purely financial. They are documented by medical bills, paychecks, damage/repair estimates, and invoices for professional and paraprofessional services. As a result, economic damages are fairly simple to prove. Non-economic damages are colloquially known as pain and suffering. They include emotional distress, mental anguish, depression, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life. All of these are more difficult to measure […]
December 18, 2017

Do “U” Have the Right of Way?

When you drive on roads like U.S I as much as most of us do, you need to master the art of the U-Turn. We all know how dangerous it can be, but it turns out it’s also not as simple as a lot of us thought it was. There’s a law. (There’s always a law.) However, as in many cases, there are exceptions to the law.  In this case, the law is Florida Statute 316.1515, and it says:  “The driver of any vehicle shall not turn the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any street […]
October 13, 2017

Top 3 Things You Need to Know about Child Support in Florida

Are you contemplating a dissolution of marriage or a paternity case in Florida with minor children involved? If so, you should be aware that the law requires that child support be established. Here are the most important things you need to know about it: Child Support is the right of the child – not the parent. This means that, in general, child support cannot be waived or relinquished since it is the child’s right to be financially supported by both parents. Child Support is based on guidelines set by the Florida Legislature. These guidelines are known as the Child Support […]
October 6, 2017

Who needs lawyers?

In today’s world, where everything seems to be available on the Internet, it can be tempting to go “DIY” when it comes to legal matters. But Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” And there is good evidence to prove his point. Martindale-Nolo Research, a joint venture by two of the world’s most respected legal brands, recently surveyed readers who’d gone through the personal injury claims process, and reached some illuminating conclusions. (Martindale-Hubbell is the 140-year-old publisher that is the “gold standard” for rating attorneys and law firms. Established in […]
May 30, 2017

Is Your Dog an Insurance Risk?

Your pooch might be a pussycat in your eyes, but your homeowner’s policy may not provide adequate coverage – and if he or she is on the “bad breeds” list used by most insurance companies, it might not cover you at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten every year, resulting in an estimated 885,000 injuries that require medical attention — and half of those bitten are children. According to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm, dog bites accounted for more than 1/3 of all homeowner’s insurance liability claims paid out […]
February 13, 2017

Understanding Alimony in Florida

Different states have different standards for alimony – also known as “spousal support” – and Florida is no exception. Before awarding alimony, the Court must first make a determination of need and ability to pay; i.e., a party seeking alimony must show their need for the alimony and the other party’s ability to pay alimony. The Court then examines the length of the marriage. There is a presumption that a short-term marriage is less than 7 years; a moderate-term marriage is more than 7 years but less than 17 years; and a long-term marriage is longer than 17 years. Then […]
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