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 […]
January 30, 2017

Watch Your Step: How to Stay Safe on Foot

With the arrival of winter, more and more people will be taking advantage of Florida’s fabulous weather, and many of them will be hitting the streets and sidewalks to run or just take a leisurely walk. Unfortunately, pedestrians are one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in recent years. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, more than 47,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents nationwide during the ten year period studied, and pedestrians now comprise the largest proportion of traffic fatalities (15 percent) recorded in the […]
January 17, 2017

Do’s and Do Not’s for Divorce in a Digital Society

How often have you heard someone say that a new relationship or a break-up isn’t official until it’s posted on Facebook? In today’s hyper-digital society, it’s easy to expose private details of your life in very public places, and attorneys who practice in the area of family law are keenly aware of this. As a result, social media websites are now fair game for gathering information and evidence to use against the opposing party. If you’re separated or contemplating a separation, here are some social media do’s and don’ts to help protect your family law case: 1. DO set all […]
July 28, 2016

Hiring a Lawyer? 5 Questions to Ask

It’s always a good idea to ask friends for recommendations and check out the obvious websites. But to help you decide who to hire, ask these questions. Has the attorney ever represented the other party in your case? All good firms strive to avoid conflicts of interest and have a process for checking, but asking this question up front can save time and effort for both of you. Is the initial consultation free? This meeting is essentially a job interview, and as the prospective employer you should not be charged for it. On the other hand, don’t expect a full […]
May 19, 2016

Enjoy The Ride, But Stay Safe

As a triathlete, I’m an ardent advocate of bicycling. It’s good for your health, good for the environment, and tons of fun but there are risks. The good news is that those risks have been mitigated in recent years for younger riders, as more of them are wearing helmets and taking other precautions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deaths among bicyclists younger than 20 have declined 88 percent since 1975. The bad news is that deaths among bicyclists 20 and older have nearly tripled. In 2014, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, […]
March 22, 2016

Law Day 2016 – You have the right to remain silent

High school students in Utah can experience the courtroom through the eyes of a sitting judge. California eighth-graders will travel to Yosemite Falls to hear presentations from Federal officials. Essay contest winners in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts will receive cash or scholarship awards. All this activity — and more — heralds Law Day 2016, a day which has been celebrated since 1958 to commemorate the Rule of Law. It began in 1957, when Charles Rhyne, the American Bar Association’s president, proposed the idea to President Dwight Eisenhower. An ardent patriot, Rhyne chose May 1st because that was the day […]
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