Archive | July, 2011

How Do You Find the Proper Heir in Your Probate Case?

19. July 2011

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There are many situations in which a missing heir must be found. One of the most common examples of this is when a will does not have an heir or when the will is being contested. How would you find the proper heir? Probate attorneys use different tactics for different reasons, but an heir search […]

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Why Should You Homestead Your Home?

19. July 2011

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Florida has provided important protection for homeowners with its homestead laws. These laws provide protection from creditors, taxes, probate, and more in varying strengths. Although not every home will qualify, most homes that serve as a principal residence for the owner will be considered homestead. Florida gives favorable tax treatment to homestead properties.  It is […]

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What Property Can I Keep if I File Bankruptcy?

19. July 2011

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Bankruptcy can be extremely complicated. The circumstances surrounding one are so fraught with emotion that tensions run high and people become intimidated. One of the most asked questions that SmithLaw receives is what property can a debtor keep after a bankruptcy filing. The answer varies from situation to situation of course, but usually includes a […]

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home for your Parent

19. July 2011

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What should you consider when choosing a nursing home for your parent? There is much to consider including costs, insurance coverage, location, staff, doctors, services, amenities, the patient’s condition, and much more. It is an overwhelming process to be sure. Nursing homes can also be called long-term health care facilities, skilled nursing facilities or assisted […]

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Mediation in Guardianships

19. July 2011

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Mediation has many benefits in guardianship cases of all types. The Sarasota law office of Christopher Smith has seen many cases where mediation greatly relieves tensions when a guardianship case has become difficult due to disagreeing parties. It is usually quite helpful in contested guardianship cases or in cases where a guardianship has run into […]

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Is it Possible to Pursue Guardianship Without Attorney Representation?

19. July 2011

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Many Floridians have guardianship issues they would like to pursue without an attorney.  However, Florida law requires guardianship cases to be handled with attorney representation. The court will appoint attorney representation for the incapacitated adult or the minor child (the Ward). The person seeking guardianship will need to find separate attorney representation. Florida law requires […]

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Medical Malpractice in Florida

19. July 2011

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Medical malpractice takes many forms. It could involve death or a diminished quality of life due to negligence on the part of a doctor or other medical professional. Medical malpractice cases can be lengthy and complex. The validity of a claim rests on whether or not a prevailing professional standard of care was exercised by […]

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Victims of Dog Bites in the State of Florida

15. July 2011

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Florida law has several ways dog-bite victims can receive compensation and justice for their injuries. They can pursue action from the dog-bite laws and/or negligence laws. There are also special circumstances that apply to children and property with a landlord. Humans are not the only ones helped by Florida law in cases involving dog bites. […]

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Who’s Left Out of Florida’s Wrongful Death Act?

6. July 2011

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SmithLaw has seen wrongful deaths occur in automobile accidents, in hospitals, on someone else’s property, and from medical malpractice. It is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic events in a client’s life. Florida’s Wrongful Death Act (https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2010/768.16) helps those who have lost a loved one from the wrongful conduct of another party. However, it does […]

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