Archive | March, 2013

Florida Exemptions

28. March 2013

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Florida has specifically designated certain items as exempt. Exempt from what, exactly? It depends on the situation, but these statutes cover exemptions from probate, estates, creditors, judgments, and more. Let us start with homestead property. Florida State Statute 222.01 discusses how homesteaded property shall be exempt from forced sale for most types of judgments. Listed […]

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Why Medical Malpractice Cases in Florida are Costly

25. March 2013

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Attorney Christopher D. Smith with SmithLaw Attorneys (855-746-3900) takes personal injury cases, like medical malpractice, in an effort to obtain compensation for those injured by the negligence of others. Medical malpractice is a type of tort law. Tort Law covers any wrong or damage done to a person, his property, his rights, or reputation due […]

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Breach of Trust and Defalcation

20. March 2013

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Merriam-Webster defines breach of trust as: violation by a trustee of the terms of a trust (as by fraudulent appropriation or careless handling of funds). Of course, this is rather broad. Breach of trust often relates to misuse of funds. This can include attorney/client relationships, financial officer/client relationships, trust/trustee relationships, etc. Employee/employer relationships are often […]

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Things to Consider about Medical Malpractice in Florida

14. March 2013

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Medical malpractice is considered a part of personal injury law. Personal injury law, also called Tort Law, covers any wrong or damage done to a person, his property, his rights, or reputation due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another. The injury can be physical or psychological, but must come about by the actions of […]

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Homestead Protection in Florida

13. March 2013

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A homesteaded property offers various protections under Florida law, in cases of probate, divorce, bankruptcy, judgments, and more. It also exempts part of the property’s value from certain taxes. In Florida, homestead property basically refers to a primary residence. It is not automatic for purposes of receiving your tax benefit—there are procedures for applying for […]

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Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification in Florida

9. March 2013

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The Middle District of Florida, and some other areas of Florida, has a Mortgage Modification Mediation Program for Chapter 13 bankruptcies. (The United States Bankruptcy Court’s Middle District of Florida includes four divisions. Sarasota and Manatee counties belong to the Tampa division.) Mortgage Modification is when the terms of your mortgage are changed. This can […]

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Illegal Immigrants and Marriage

5. March 2013

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Illegal immigrants (also known as undocumented immigrants) often fall into two major categories. One category contains those who came into the United States illegally. The other group contains those who came into the United States legally, but whose visas expired while they were here and they just stayed on. These two groups are affected differently […]

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