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Estate Planning in the State of COVID-19
Post On Jun. 15, 2020
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If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that life can change in an instant. As the country strives to re-open and create a new normal, there are many lessons to be taken away. One of these lessons is the importance of ensuring your estate planning documents are in place when you are young and...

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PROTECTING RESIDENTS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS
Post On Apr. 16, 2020

Residents of assisted living facilities are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Every facility must implement and follow the rules to protect the elderly. Assisted living facilities are liable for the failure to enact and comply with safety rules resulting in severe harm and death to the...

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Five Reasons to Have Your Property Surveyed
Post On May 15, 2015
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Whether you are purchasing a home or have lived in your home for years, it is always recommended to obtain a Survey on your Property. The following are a few reasons for having a Survey completed: RIGHTS OF WAY AND EASEMENTS A Survey will determine whether any rights of way and/or easements are...

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Frequently Asket Real Estate Questions
Post On Oct. 01, 2013
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How can I protect myself in a real property purchase? If you are a real property owner, you should protect yourself by purchasing a good liability insurance and title insurance policy insurance. In addition, prior to taking interest or possession of property you should be aware of: (1) any zoning...

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Estate Planning - Incapacity Documents Everyone Needs
Post On May 20, 2013
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Although clients rightly associate estate planning attorneys with the topics of death and dying, the value of planning is for the living. Estate Planning practitioners discuss the difficult issues of aging, disability, incapacity, mental health treatment, and disposition of human remains....

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Florida Dissolution of Marriage: Mandatory Disclosure - What and Why?

Viewed from a personal perspective rather than collectively as a couple, comparing the amount of wealth and assets once shared in marriage relative to what will be your share after asset division can be daunting. What was once thought sufficient to maintain a happy relationship and comfortable...

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Facebook is NOT your Friend (in court that is)
Post On Feb. 03, 2013
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The Issue Social media is increasingly being used in both civil and criminal trials. A party's own statements are not hearsay, so as long as they are relevant (not a difficult standard), they are generally admissible. Before we were posting our every thought, feeling, and feud online for everyone...

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Powers of a Florida Guardian with Court Approval
Post On Jul. 05, 2012
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Generally Chapter 744 of the Florida Statutes governs guardianships. Florida Statute §744.361 through §744.462, sets out the powers and duties of guardians. However, in typically confusing statutory fashion, not necessarily every power and duty of a guardian is contained within these statutory...

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Conflicts of Interest for Florida Guardians
Post On Jul. 05, 2012
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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Guardians owe a fiduciary duty to their wards. A fiduciary duty is one of the highest legal duties one person can owe to another. Therefore, guardians must be very careful to avoid any conflict of interest that would violate the fiduciary duty to the ward. A guardian cannot...

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ADVERSE POSSESSION LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS
Post On Aug. 02, 2011
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ADVERSE POSSESSION CLAIMS IN MASSACHUSETTS Many title disputes in Massachusetts arise through the assertion of an adverse possession claim. In Massachusetts, "[t]itle may be acquired by adverse possession only upon 'proof of non-permissive use which is actual, open, notorious, exclusive and adverse...

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COVID-19: What Estate Planning Documents Should I Have in Place?

An emergency like COVID-19 can make us think about things we typically cast aside for “another day.” Like estate planning. Fortunately, many estate planning attorneys are providing online services and advice. What are the documents that a typical American should have in place to ensure their loved...

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