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 […]
January 21, 2016

UM – It’s Not Just a University – And Why You Need It!

Most people involved in auto accidents believe they have full insurance coverage, but all too often we find that they do not. All that Florida law actually requires a driver to have is personal injury protection (PIP) which pays for your medical bills if you are injured in an accident, and property damage coverage, which pays for damage to the other person’s vehicle or property if you are at fault. Truly full coverage includes what is called uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (UM), along with several other items. But UM is additional coverage that you must purchase for an additional […]
June 18, 2015

First Steps to Take if you are in a Car Accident

Nobody wants to think about getting injured in a car accident, but it can come out of nowhere and make you feel like your world has been turned upside down. Knowing what to do if this situation arises and following these simple steps can make everything less stressful. After an accident, pull over into a safe location and call 911. This will provide you with any needed medical attention and also create a report of the crash. If you need to be taken to the hospital, GO! While you are waiting for authorities to arrive on the scene, if your […]
November 19, 2014

Pedestrian Safety

Florida’s mild winter weather brings higher numbers of people outside to enjoy our refreshing, cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities across the United States in recent years, and a recent study found that Florida has the dubious distinction of being the least safe state for pedestrians. The greater Orlando area, for example, has been named the deadliest urban center for pedestrians. More than 550 pedestrians were killed in the last 10 years alone. The greater Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami areas rounded out the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. Here are some other […]
May 20, 2014

Bicycle Safety

As an avid cyclist and personal injury attorney who is familiar with the law, I was especially saddened by the tragic hit and run incident that occurred in February in Ft. Pierce where a bicyclist was killed. Whenever I ride my bike, in the back of my mind there is always the fear that I could be run off the road or hit by a vehicle and, along with most cyclists you will speak to, I have had my share of close calls. I never head out on my bike without carefully planning my route in advance, always attempting to […]
August 29, 2013

Personal Injury Protection

In 1972, Personal Injury Protection was selected for the state of Florida in order to provide the residents of Florida with an efficient and timely way of receiving benefits from their insurers to treat their injuries. The legislation that was adopted stated a driver’s insurance company would pay up to $10,000.00, despite who was at fault. Beginning January 1, 2013, changes to this legislation were put into effect. The legislation now requires that the victim of the accident wishing to receive benefits must seek treatment within fourteen days of the accident. A lack of treatment or treatment after the fourteen […]
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