6 Situations When You Should Update Your Will

It is a huge risk to neglect creating a will, but it is also a problem if you think you can just “set it and forget it.” Your estate plans, and your will in particular, should be treated as a living document that you update and change as the circumstances of your life change. If you create a will but you never update it, it may be completely irrelevant by the time your personal representative actually has to Read More

Florida Determination of Incapacity Explained

In the State of Florida, there are strict requirements governing a person’s ability to be granted guardianship over another. There are several situations where a guardianship would be needed, most commonly when a loved one is incapacitated in some way and unable to manage his or her own affairs. A guardianship is a legal status granted to a person who will then be required to care for the best interests of a ward Read More

5 Tips for Newly Single Parents, Part II

In our last blog we laid out the first two of five tips to help newly single parents adjust to their new parenting situation. When a divorce occurs or a second parent becomes unexpectedly absent in your child’s life for any reason, you may be overwhelmed by the prospect of raising your kids by yourself. Even if your parenting plan includes equal time sharing, you will essentially be a single parent when your kids are Read More

5 Tips for Newly Single Parents, Part I

There is no way around it—divorce means change. And if you are getting a divorce, that change is probably for the best, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy. You will have to learn and relearn to do things with a level of independence you probably have not had for some time. This is especially true for parents. The degree of independence you will have in raising your children after a divorce varies from couple to Read More

Why Would You Need To Establish A Guardianship?

Thanks to Hollywood, the term “guardian” may now conjure up images of superheroes flying through the galaxy, protecting it from villains, but real guardians here on Earth are no less special or important to those whom they watch over. In the US, a guardianship is a legal designation giving a person authority over another person’s care and property interests. They are required to fulfill the duties that correspond Read More

How a DUI Charge Can Impact Your Family Law Case – Part 2

As we discussed last month, if you are charged with a DUI, it can throw a very significant wrench into your family law case and be a devastating blow to your chances of achieving things like shared responsibility or custody over your children. But what if the shoe was on the other foot? What happens if you are involved in a child custody battle or some other family law dispute and the OTHER parent has drinking issues Read More

Five Tough Estate Planning Questions That You Need to Answer

It’s never “fun” to write a will or estate plan, but there are few things you can do that are more helpful to your loved ones. When we really get down to the nitty-gritty, there are almost always questions we’d rather ignore. A really good estate plan, however, will take the answers to these questions into account, even difficult questions like these: 1. What happens if the whole family dies at the same time? Of Read More

How a DUI Charge Can Impact Your Family Law Case – Part 1

Being charged with a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, can create a variety of problems if you’re involved with a child custody or other family law case. If you are currently fighting a custody battle and worried about a DUI conviction, give us a call so that we can discuss your situation! A DUI in the distant past is not helpful in a custody case, but a savvy lawyer should be able to mitigate the negative impact. Read More

It’s Never Too Early to Begin: Estate Planning Tips for Young Adults

When you’re young and healthy, estate planning is likely the farthest thing from your mind. But you are never too young to start planning, especially if you have people in your life you need to take care of. If you can create an estate plan that involves disability planning as well as planning for death, you’ve gone a long way toward protecting the people who are most important to you and protecting yourself too. You Read More

Four Ways to Help Your Children Adjust to Divorce

Divorce is a huge adjustment for the entire family. Children undergo tremendous stress, but they can weather divorce well if they have lots of parental support. What can you do to help your children adjust? Explain the divorce in a way that makes it clear that the relationship with both parents will continue and will continue to be good. Children really need their parents, and they need to know the divorce doesn’t Read More