Archive | January, 2013

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Violations

30. January 2013

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Debt collectors CANNOT use every trick under the sun to collect debts, contrary to how it may feel when they call you. Debt collectors must rein in their debt collection tactics due to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or FDCPA. Therefore, some debt collectors might truly be breaking the law when they use certain […]

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Dying in Florida

25. January 2013

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We are all on a road toward death. What should those planning to die in Florida consider? Here is a handy list: Wills Make sure you create a will. Dying without a will in Florida is called dying intestate and it is messy. The state takes over the estate and usually passes along property to […]

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What is the Gift Tax?

21. January 2013

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The gift tax is something that surprises many. Many people assume that you can give away money or property freely, to whomever you want, without consequences except to your personal wealth. Unfortunately, the IRS does not see it that way. (Florida does not currently have a state gift tax; this is a federal tax issue.) […]

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act

18. January 2013

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We have all heard way too much about the fiscal cliff. For a while, it was a little difficult to figure out what that even meant. At the last minute, various changes were signed into law by President Obama in an effort to avert it. On January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the American […]

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What is Elder Law?

12. January 2013

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Elder law is of particular importance on Florida’s Suncoast. Sarasota, Florida and Bradenton, Florida have a large percentage of the elderly in their population. Attorney Christopher D. Smith with SmithLaw Attorneys is an Elder Law Attorney and handles elder law issues such as estate planning, gift planning, guardianship, and elder exploitation cases. What is elder […]

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What’s New With Florida’s Motor Vehicle Laws?

9. January 2013

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Florida had quite a few changes in motor vehicle laws with the start of 2013. One of the big changes is with the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law. This applies to motor vehicle accidents and creates many new requirements. (We wrote a post about this when it was first signed into law.) Some highlights are that […]

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Where Does a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Allow Me to Carry My Gun?

7. January 2013

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In December 2012, Florida issued its millionth concealed weapons permit. This is a milestone that did not go unnoticed, and one that puts Florida in the news again. “Concealed weapon” is a term that confuses many, however. What exactly is a concealed weapon? Moreover, where can I actually carry this concealed weapon? Attorney Christopher D. […]

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