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Don’t Leave for Summer Vacation Without Your Estate Plan!

There’s no better time than summertime – rest, relaxation and seeing the world. You’ve waited all year for your vacation. You’ve got your passport, the pet sitter is confirmed but wait- do you have your estate & incapacity plan in place? If you do is it so old it needs to be updated to meet…

When You Have that Uh-oh Moment

There is nothing worse than obtaining a great settlement for your client at mediation and then realizing that your client is not competent to accept the settlement and sign the necessary release and other documents. It can take 4-6 weeks to complete the incapacity phase of a mental health proceeding and have the Court appoint a…

How To Identify Clients And Personal Injury Cases That Require A Guardianship In Order To Bring The Claim, Continue The Claim Or Settle The Claim

If the settlement recipient is a minor ask yourself: Do the settlement net proceeds exceed $15,000.00? Are the minor’s parents deceased or incapacitated? If the answer is ‘yes’ your client needs a guardianship then call Stephanie L. Schneider A ‘minor’ in Florida is a child under 18 years of age. A guardianship of property is required…

2015 Florida Legislative Update

Florida Statutes Chapter 744 which governs guardianship proceedings was amended relating to the settlement of claims for incapacitated adults and minors effective July 1, 2015. Here are the highlights: Confidentiality: The portion of the court file relating to the settlement of a claim is confidential.  A party must establish good cause and only then is the…

Planning For After Divorce

Divorce can take its toll on a person’s physical, emotional, mental and financial well-being. Even after the divorce is final, moving forward and starting anew can seem daunting especially when there are minor children of the marriage. While keeping up the daily routines of preparing the family for school, going to work, team sports and household chores, it is easy…

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