Daytona Beach Divorce and Bankruptcy Attorneys
Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law555 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
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Law Firm OverviewAt the law firm of Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law, our experienced Volusia County and Daytona Beach attorneys know the law and your rights. We help clients in a broad range of areas: bankruptcy, divorce, estate planning, and business.
Our firm understands our clients’ individual, family and business needs because we take the time to get to know them. We are very adept at zeroing in on how those needs interconnect, because nearly every decision you make impacts other aspects of your life. We help formulate legal strategies that best address all of your priorities.
Our attorneys meet with you in person, ensure all your questions are answered thoroughly, and return phone calls quickly, so you are never left wondering what is happening with your case. When you hire our firm, you work one-on-one with a lawyer who offers the level of comfort you need and knowledge you can trust.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Chapter 13 Bankruptcy; Foreclosure Mediation; Contested and Uncontested Divorce; Military Divorce; Marital Settlement Agreements; Annulments; High-asset Property Division; Post-judgment Modifications; Child Relocation; Judgment Enforcement; Grandparents' Rights; Post-marital Agreements; Unmarried Parents; Temporary Protection Orders; Advance Directives (Living Wills); Durable Powers of Attorney; Healthcare Surrogate; Business Succession Plans.
Areas of Law Description
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Filing for bankruptcy may seem unthinkable. But for many people struggling in today’s economy, it is a viable avenue for debt relief and a fresh financial start. You have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to fear. Whether you are in financial straits due to divorce, unforeseen medical bills, job loss, reduced income, credit card debt, foreclosure, business failure or loss of equity in your property, the Volusia County bankruptcy attorneys at Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law treat you with dignity and find the best option to suit your situation. No matter your course of action, our Daytona Beach bankruptcy lawyers make the path as straightforward as possible.
* Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, debtors can discharge their debts in exchange for turning over assets to the Chapter 7 trustee to distribute to creditors. Some property is exempt from bankruptcy, so you are allowed to keep it. Numerous factors impact a trustee’s decision regarding which assets to sell. Our Volusia County bankruptcy attorneys help clients present a complete picture of their financial situation and negotiate for the best possible outcome. We have specific experience helping business owners who run into financial difficulties file for personal bankruptcy.
* Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
For people in financial trouble who have steady, stable income, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be a very powerful tool. Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law guides financially struggling clients and helps get them back on sound financial footing without fear or confusion. Our attorneys understand the consequences of filing for bankruptcy, and we thoroughly discuss all available options so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. In some instances, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is more appropriate. If you are simply trying to stave off foreclosure, foreclosure mediation is now offered within the Chapter 13 bankruptcy courts in Jacksonville and Orlando. Often, foreclosure mediation may be your best solution.
Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law understands the difficult road you face and works with compassion and skill to help you transition to a new life. Our Daytona Beach divorce lawyers work diligently to handle every detail of a family law case — from paperwork to court appearances — so that you can concentrate on caring for yourself and your family. Whether your divorce is simple and uncontested or is a fierce, contentious battle, we help you at every turn, constantly protecting your interests and working toward your goals. We are cooperative with opposing counsel when it benefits our clients and determined fighters when the need arises.
* Child Custody
One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is custody, known in Florida as time sharing. At Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law, our Daytona Beach child custody attorneys share your concern for the well-being of your children and work hard to protect them. Whenever possible, we encourage amicable resolution of child custody disputes. But when a battle is unavoidable, we attempt to moderate the conduct of everyone involved to minimize the damage to children. When one parent must relocate in state or out of state due to a job change or other circumstance, we work compassionately, yet aggressively, to do what is best for the children.
When men and women have a dispute over paternity, Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law understands their special circumstances and their rights and responsibilities under the law. Our Daytona Beach paternity lawyers regularly represent unmarried parents whose disputes over child support and child custody hinge on the question of paternity. We represent mothers who seek financial support and fathers who want visitation or custody or who deny paternity. If fatherhood is in dispute, a court can order genetic testing to prove paternity. We guide clients through the process of establishing or denying paternity, while sheltering the child from harmful fallout from the dispute.
- Business Law
We have learned over the years that a small business interacts a great deal with the business owner’s personal life and family. We provide comprehensive representation to small businesses that looks beyond immediate needs and encompasses the whole picture, including how transactions impact the family, assets and finances. Our business law attorneys determine the best business entity for each client’s unique situation. We counsel and form sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and corporations. Our Volusia County business lawyers also champion business client interests when disputes arise. We have the knowledge and experience to put clients on solid footing in negotiation or in the courtroom.
- Estate Planning
At Mara & Mara, Attorneys at Law, we acknowledge that planning for your death or possible incapacity is not a favorite subject of discussion, but it is a crucial one. Too many people die or become incapacitated without documents in place to shelter and provide for the desired distribution of assets they have worked so hard for all of their lives. Estate planning documents can provide assurance that valuable assets are protected, fewer taxes are paid and probate is avoided. Proper estate planning is particularly important for business owners who want to control what happens to their enterprises after their deaths.
We represent personal representatives in both estate proceedings and probate court. We help personal representatives inventory, collect and obtain appraisals for all estate assets, pay taxes and creditors, and distribute assets. We assist with summary administration and formal administration and handle estates with and without wills (intestate). We make sure that personal representatives carry out their duties under the law. For beneficiaries, we watch out for your interests and ensure the estate's personal representative adheres to Florida law. If you question a personal representative's conduct or feel a will contest is in order, we pursue appropriate action.
Mr. Robert J. Mara
Bankruptcy, Debtor and Creditor, Foreclosure
Ms. Wendy A. Mara
Business Law, Divorce, Paternity
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