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September 2016 Archives

What factors do Florida courts consider when awarding custody?

Each couple is in a little different spot when it comes to the divorce table. For some couples, divorce is a contentious process, both when it comes to dividing assets and determining custody. Entering into the child custody determination process, it is tempting for couples, particularly those in a contentious divorce, to take the approach that it is about them and their interests as a parent. It is important to realize, however, that this is not the case.

Work with experienced attorney to ensure your will is enforceable, P.2

Previously, we began looking at the issue of ensuring the enforceability of a last will and testament. As we noted, two important areas to look out for are ensuring the document is properly executed and that it is not tainted by fraud, duress, mistake or undue influence.

Work with experienced attorney to ensure your will is enforceable, P.1

Setting down one’s wishes regarding the disposition of one’s property after death is important business, particularly for those with significant wealth. One reason for this is that challenges to a will can result if the document is not well drafted and properly executed, and this can translate into increased costs for the estate, more time in court, and less money for surviving friends and family. What can a testator do, then, to ensure the enforceability of his or her will?

Yet another ugly allegation made in the Pitt-Jolie divorce

If you read the news or browse social media sites, chances are pretty good that you know that actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie are getting divorced. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous allegations and suspicions raised in the media as to the reason why they are splitting. Everything from drug abuse to infidelity has been named as a factor in the decision.

Dealing with dry rot

Any time problems arise with a house, there is the potential that it can be much worse that homeowners initially think. This is because in many cases, you cannot see the problem, but once it's uncovered, it's like opening Pandora's Box. Suddenly you realize that the problem may be spread throughout the house and compromising the safety and integrity of the home.

Filing a lien? Legal guidance can be critical

In any professional relationship, ideally both parties gain something valuable, whether that is the completion of services or compensation. In general, this is exactly what happens and both parties walk away from an agreement with their needs met. However, this doesn't always happen.

You don't have to go to war to resolve a construction dispute

When it comes to a legal dispute with contractors or subcontractors, you might feel like you need to gear up for battle and fight for a resolution. This is a somewhat common reaction because many of us hear horror stories about unfinished projects, outstanding payments, substandard work and product defects that jeopardize an entire structure.

Making a your home a vacation spot your kids can enjoy for years

It would seem simple enough, leave your much beloved home in Florida to your children so they can raise another generation of happy family members while enjoying the beach. However, when it comes down to it, you are not so sure if one or two of the kids can actually afford the luxury, or that they might prefer to sell it for cash.

Preventing construction from ruining neighborhood relationships

If you have a major construction project going on at your home, you probably have enough on your plate to worry about between managing your expenses and making sure the project is being completed on time and as promised. The last thing you need is for your construction project to set off battles with your neighbor.

Dealing with a neighbor's destructive, disruptive construction

On this blog, we often discuss disputes and complications that can arise when you are having construction work completed on your home or on commercial property. However, construction projects and disagreements don't just affect the people who are actively involved in a project.

Has it really been 11 years since Wilma hit Florida shores?

When you live in Florida, it is hard to keep track of the names for tropical storms and hurricanes. Since 2010 alone, Colin, Joaquin, Erika, Arthur, Andrea, Sandy, Isaac, Debby, Beryl, Lee, Irene, Bret, Nicole, Earl, Bonnie and Alex have all swept through the area.

Has Germany found a solution for 'false fathers'?

Raising a child can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, responsibilities a person can have. But imagine you have spent years being a parent to a child only to find out that you actually have no biological relationship to that child. This is the devastating situation too many Florida men find themselves in when they are falsely named as the father of a child.

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