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June 2016 Archives

Renting and leasing in Florida

While there are federal laws in place to govern certain aspects of renting and leasing (such as the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination), laws concerning leases and rentals are governed by states. This means that each state has its own laws and rules regarding leases, such as whether or not there are limits on the amount a landowner can demand in security deposits. Florida law, for instance, places no such restrictions, meaning that Florida landowners can charge as much as they want for security deposits.

Requirements for a valid will

A will is one of the most important legal documents that you will ever have prepared; it is perhaps the only way to truly ensure that the assets and estate that you leave behind will be allocated according to your wishes. Because of their importance, wills have certain requirements that must be met in order for them to be considered valid. If these requirements are not met, your will may not be recognized after you are gone.

Legal assistance with real estate litigation

For most people, real estate is the most significant financial commitment. In nearly all situations, financial agreements involving real estate deal with thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is why it is so important to handle any and all real estate litigations issues as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can have significant financial repercussions.

Buying beats renting after 2.4 years in southern Florida

Many economists agree that we are slowly emerging from the recession that has plagued us for the last few years, and one of the strongest indicators of this is the improving real estate market. All across the country, buyers are feeling confident enough to invest in real estate again, and Florida is no exception. In fact, with our exceptional entertainment and picturesque beaches, Florida is a hotspot for residential activity for people looking to retire or recent grads looking to pursue a job.

Am I eligible for Medicaid in Florida?

Healthcare is one of the most important costs for retired and elderly individuals. Financial planning and savings can help cover medical costs, but now that people are living longer, it is becoming increasingly difficult to put away enough money to cover costs for decades of life without employment. Individuals who are struggling to cover health care costs should know that they can take advantage of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Changing circumstances can mean changing your will

Life is unpredictable and terribly fragile. Some of us are lucky enough to live well into our elder years, but all too many people are robbed of the chance to live a full and complete life. When a life is suddenly and unexpectedly ended by any circumstance, it goes without saying that the emotional anguish placed upon that person's loved ones is severe. What may not be readily apparent is how that anguish can be exacerbated by questions regarding assets.

Helping charitable beneficiaries recover assets

For most, wills are sacred documents that detail the last wishes of a beloved individual, which are to be honored following that individual's death. Unfortunately, some people care more for assets and property than they do for the wishes of a lost loved one, and this can lead to questions or disputes regarding wills. This is especially true if a deceased individual leaves assets to a charitable organization, as some feel that it is wrong or unfair to grant property that they feel they deserve to organizations that are not part of the family.

Helping Florida residents with inheritance concerns

If you have drafted a will, you may feel that you are prepared for the day you are no longer here. You may feel that your assets will be distributed to your family as necessary and that your estate is in order. It is important to remember, however, that estate planning encompasses more than having a will. Accurately and appropriately dividing assets for inheritance is a complex legal field, and there are many different factors that may affect the process.

Veterans should not be afraid to pursue benefits

There are few things more patriotic and honorable than serving your country in the armed forces. Nearly every American citizen supports the men and women who risk their lives fighting for the freedoms we hold so dear, even when said citizens do not approve of the war. Unfortunately, this commitment to veterans does not always extend to aiding them when they return to civilian life and struggle to readjust. This becomes especially important when veterans grow older and require extensive health care.

Helping Florida residents with healthcare questions

No matter the state of your health or finances, it is a good idea to consider how healthcare law can affect your future, especially if you are retired and/or elderly. Nursing home expenses average thousands of dollars per month, and not everyone can afford to stay home from work to care for a loved one, so the required finances for necessary healthcare can be difficult to maintain.

Providing crucial legal aid to Florida businesses

Business litigation can be a messy business and extremely costly both in terms of time and money. Nearly every business owner will tell you how trying litigation can be, which is why thorough and comprehensive contracts are so critical to business ventures and partnerships. However, contracts can be broken, and there are other legal issues that business owners may face, such as disputes with real estate claims or partnership agreements.

Guardianship in Florida

Florida is well-known for a variety of reasons: world-class theme parks and breathtaking golf courses around Orlando, relaxing cruises and amazing rocket launches from space coast and Port Canaveral and much more. One of the most significant characteristics of Florida is its large population of elderly individuals. Thousands of hard-working Americans move to Florida's retirement communities to enjoy the wonderful weather and lifestyles afforded by our state's many retirement communities. Unfortunately, this retirement lifestyle cannot last, and as these retirees age, they often require assistance living day-to-day.

Melbourne business signs multi-million dollar contract

Many claimed that we were going through one of the worst economic recessions in modern memory a few short years ago, but recently the economy has started to recover. The housing market is bouncing back, and many cities are looking to join in on the economic boom. Melbourne may not be the first city people think of when they think of Central Florida, but thanks to a recent business deal involving the local Harris Corporation, our gem along the coast may become even more prosperous.

How does Medicare differ from Medicaid?

One of the most important things for aging and elderly individuals is healthcare. After retiring and taking a significant drop in monthly income, many people struggle when they begin to realize that their monthly healthcare costs may end up being higher than they could ever have imagined. In order to compensate the sudden spike of health care costs that many elderly individuals receive, the federal government has implemented two plans to help offset the costs: Medicare and Medicaid.

Understanding the two types of foreclosure

Foreclosure is one of the most frightening words in the English language. Many people are lucky enough never to have to worry about the practical applications of foreclosure, but some people find themselves struggling with debts and payments that are simply beyond their ability to pay. This is especially true coming out of a recession, which is why even though the economy is recovering, some people may still be in a financial hole.

Legal aid can help with contract disputes

When a person or party wants to be absolutely certain of something, you may hear them express a desire to "get it in writing." What this means is that the person wants a written contract detailing the exact specifications of something, be it employment, the sale of property, exchange of goods and services or even just a simple legal agreement. Once something is put into writing and both parties sign the document asserting that they have read and agree, it becomes legally binding, which gives each party recourse if the contract is breached.

How are estate procedures handled in Florida?

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in any person's life because, in addition to the emotional anguish of saying goodbye, those left behind are required to manage a variety of different financial and legal matters. In one of the most emotionally stressful times that a family will ever go through, members of that family are asked to push through their grief in order to make funeral arrangements and oversee matters of the decedent's estate.

How can I terminate guardianship in Florida?

The state of Florida is no stranger to elderly individuals. Many hard-working Americans come to the Sunshine State to enjoy the years of retirement for which they have been carefully saving, and our picturesque beaches, beautiful weather and exceptional retirement communities offer them just the kind of lifestyle they deserve. However, these individuals cannot stay active retirees forever, and many eventually require guardians to oversee their health and well-being.

Are any assets not probated in Florida law?

Probate can be a very confusing process for many people, especially depending on the assets and financial circumstances of a decedent's estate, as well as any will that the decedent had in place. Some people have never even heard of the word probate, but for those who have recently had to say goodbye to a loved one, or who are preparing to say goodbye, the idea of how the estate will be probated is likely not far from your mind.

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