5 Steps You Need to Take in Order to Establish a Guardianship in Florida

By: Samah Abukhodeir, Esq. If you need to establish a guardianship for either a minor child, or for an adult who is unable to take care of themselves due to some physical or mental condition, it is important to understand what legal steps need to be taken. When this type of action is needed, it is often an urgent situation, so in some cases, you’ll be going through these steps quite quickly. Knowing what to Read More

When a Last Will and Testament Just Isn’t Enough

When people think of estate planning, they often believe that all they need is a good last will and testament to cover all their needs. While this is true in some cases, most people could actually benefit from other types of estate planning tools. Having a well-thought out estate plan today can help protect your assets now, and ensure they are used how you want them when you are gone. A will is a good place to start, Read More

6 Things to Consider When Creating a Visitation Schedule

When going through a divorce there are many difficult things that you will have to get through. For couples with children, making a visitation schedule is typically going to be the hardest. Both parents want to be able to see their children as much as possible, which makes conflict almost inevitable. Whenever possible, however, it is best to work together to come up with a visitation schedule that will work for Read More

4 Common Probate Disputes and How They Can Be Resolved

When someone passes away, their will and estate may have to go through the probate process before being distributed to the heirs. This has the potential to be a time consuming and costly experience, but worst of all is that it can also cause family members to dispute a devise, which can lead to heartbreaking fights. There are many different causes for these types of disputes, and understanding what they are and how Read More

How Is Alimony Determined in Florida?

In generations past, alimony (also called maintenance or spousal support) was an amount of money that the husband would have to pay the wife after a divorce because of the common law understanding that it was the husband’s responsibility to provide for the wife. Since most women at the time did not work outside the home, this was necessary. Today, however, alimony can be paid by either the husband or the wife Read More

Four Reasons to Create Separate Wills for You and Your Spouse

When a couple gets married they plan to stay together “until death do us part.” With this in mind, many couples think that it is a good idea to get a joint (also called a combined) will to address what should happen to their assets after they pass away. This desire is especially popular for couples whose children are already grown and on their own, which can make deciding inheritance much easier. While on the Read More

What You Need to Know About Relocation and Child Custody in Florida

Divorce and child custody in Florida can be a somewhat tricky procedure. A parent with custody in the Sunshine State who wants to move a child more than 50 miles away for more than 60 days must inform the other parent by law AND obtain consent. If consent is not given by the other parent, a court order MUST be obtained. There are several different possible outcomes based on how the other parent feels about the move Read More

4 Reasons Why Drafting a Will Yourself May Be a Mistake

Writing a will is one of the most important undertakings most people ever face. It is of utmost importance—for both you and your loved ones—that your belongings end up precisely where you want them after your passing. Having precisely crafted estate documents that are free of mistakes and properly address all of your concerns is key to achieving your estate goals. As a result, seeking the professional assistance Read More

6 Important Considerations When Drafting Advance Directives

What happens when you become incapacitated and cannot make medical decisions? Have you prepared an advance directive that clearly states your wishes or have you decided to roll the dice and allow someone else to decide your medical fate? Chapter 765 of the Florida Statutes recognizes the inalienable right of a competent adult to create an advance directive that defines what type of medical care a physician can Read More

5 Civil Injunctions Which Protect Victims of Abuse in Florida

There is an epidemic of abuse sweeping across the United States. Millions are affected every year, and it is essential that every method that can be used to protect victims and potential victims is utilized. Fortunately, in Florida there are a number of different types of civil injunctions that can be used to protect victims from their abusers or would-be abusers. Better known as restraining orders, these court Read More