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Domestic Violence Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

  August 27, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
In Florida, domestic violence is defined as any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Reviewing Residential Construction Contracts

  August 21, 2014     By Pohl & Short, P.A.
There are many high-quality contractors in Central Florida that do an outstanding job, building beautiful homes. They try to get their projects finished on schedule and within their client’s stated budget, as they know that their hard-earned reputations are on the line.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

  August 19, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
When people think of weddings, the first thing that comes to mind is love and happiness. However, most marriages end up in divorce, which is why parties need to protect themselves before that step is ever reached. To cover both your finances and other types of properties, it’s crucial to look into hiring a family lawyer to draft up some kind of agreement. Typically, there are two contracts used when dealing with marriages and they are prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Golf Carting in Florida

  August 13, 2014     By Winters & Yonker PA
Those operating golf carts in Florida should understand that the Florida legislature intends to protect persons and property from the all-too-common accidents associated with golf carts and other motorists and pedestrians.

Burglary Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

  August 10, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
Simply put, burglary involves entering a house, structure, business, or vehicle without the consent of the owner and with the intent to commit a criminal offense once inside. Burglary is an invasive property crime that can have some very serious, life altering consequences for the accused person.

Florida Sentencing Enhancements Pt. 2: Habitual Felony Offenders & Habitual Violent Felony Offenders

  July 29, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
An overview of the Habitual Felony Offender and Habitual Violent Felony Offender statutes. Unlike the PRR statute, which precludes the court from imposing a sentence that is less than the statutory maximum, these recidivist provisions increase the statutory maximum and, in the case of an HVFO, impose certain minimum mandatory prison terms as well.

4 Common Misconceptions About Child Support After Divorce

  July 23, 2014     By The Coleman Law Group
We’ve all heard of child support: an ongoing, periodic payment made by the noncustodial parent following the end of marriage. In fact, even in “joint custody” cases, there’s still a custodial parent—who the child spends more time with—and a noncustodial parent, and child support must be transferred. An exception to this would be if both parents earn the same income, pay equal amounts of expenses for the child and have the child the same number of days.

Roller Coaster Wrongful Death at Higher Rates than Shark Deaths

  July 23, 2014     By Baker & Zimmerman
While most of us worry about swimming too far off the coast during a summer vacation, we don't realize that we're more at risk on a roller coaster than a shark when venturing outdoors this season.

Why the Surge of Children Being Forgotten in the Back of a Car?

  July 23, 2014     By Baker & Zimmerman
It seems that we're hearing more and more about children being left in cars on a hot summer day as the parent goes shopping or to a hair salon, but is their a legitimate surge in these cases or is the media covering them more often?

Slip and Fall Accidents More Common Than We Thought?

  July 21, 2014     By Baker & Zimmerman
If you presumed that only the elderly are prone to slip and fall incidents, think again. Many people just older than 24 are affected by slip and falls every day, with numbers going into the millions annually.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Filing for Bankruptcy

  July 16, 2014     By The Coleman Law Group
In 2013, nearly 40,700 Floridians filed for bankruptcy. An important, life-changing decision, coming to terms with the fact that you need to file could be the light at the end of a seemingly long, debt-filled tunnel—that’s why it’s imperative you get the facts, know your rights and obtain accurate, aggressive representation from a local Tampa Bay area law firm.

Zoloft Lawsuit for Birth Defects Related to the Use of Sertraline

  July 15, 2014     By Abbott Law Group, P.A.
Zoloft antidepressant drug should be carefully considered by pregnant woman, because of increased risks of birth defects.

Florida Sentencing Enhancements Pt. 1: Prison Releasee Re-Offenders

  June 28, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
Florida has some harsh recidivist sentencing statutes, the most draconian of which is the PRR statute. This article outlines the circumstances under which the statute applies, and its implications for an accused person.

What Do I Do If My Criminal Attorney Performs Below Expectation

  June 26, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Attaining success in a criminal case is not an easy feat and requires close cooperation between the accused person and their attorney. The stakes are high considering the fact that your freedom is at risk with possible long term ramifications and legal financial implications. There should be high a level of communication exchange between you and the criminal lawyer assisting with your case.

Divorce & Family Law Courts: The Ten Biggest Mistakes Men Make

  June 23, 2014     By The Coleman Law Group
It’s no secret, when it comes to divorce with children involved, there seems to be an inequality in the courts based on gender—more often than not, the mother walks away with all of the rights, leaving the father frustrated and denied of the paternal rights deserved.

Tracy Morgan's Injury After Being Hit by a Semi, Brings Trucking Regulations Back into the National Spotlight

  June 19, 2014     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
NTSB statistics show more than 104,000 injuries and nearly 4000 deaths in 2012 from accidents involving large commercial trucks, but it takes the severe injury of a well known comedian to get the subject of commercial trucking safety back in lawmaker discussions.

When Is Drunk Driving A Felony?

  June 17, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Many people travel to the state of Florida from other states as it is the home to many popular vacation spots. While on vacation, many people may consume alcohol while enjoying the beautiful beaches, plentiful clubs and bars, and luxurious weather. Sometimes an out-of-town guest can consume too much alcohol before getting behind the wheel of an automobile.

Trial by Jury in Florida

  June 12, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
A brief overview of the jury trial process in the State of Florida.

Love Hurts, and so Can Confidentiality

  June 10, 2014     By Yanger Law Group, P.A.
When you agree to say nothing to anyone, say nothing. To anyone.

Goose Bumps, Conundrums and My Happy Place - Words Matter

  June 10, 2014     By Yanger Law Group, P.A.
If you own a business, do business with a business, enter into contracts as a business or for a business, or if your livelihood now and for the foreseeable future depends upon what that thing you’re signing actually says, words matter.

Does Your Client Have a Legitimate Surgical Medical Malpractice Claim?

  June 3, 2014     By Cutright Legal Consulting
Every year there are about 52 million surgeries performed in the United States. Tens of thousands of these surgeries are performed unnecessarily due to several reasons. The average American that lives to be 85 years old will have 9.2 surgeries in their life time. The ability to accurately calculate an overall surgical medical malpractice rate is currently next to impossible due to a conglomerate of false and unreported claims.

How Cohabitation Impacts Alimony Payments

  May 27, 2014     By Scott Stadler, P.A.
Let’s assume for this discussion that you have settled your divorce, the kids are coping with the change in their lives. You have moved on from your divorce and have found a wonderful new partner in life. You are thinking about moving in with them and taking that relationship to the next level.

When Does Child Support End?

  May 27, 2014     By Scott Stadler, P.A.
Child support is a parent’s legal obligation to provide for their children. It is the responsibility of both parents. The money actually belongs to the children and is to be used only for them, to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care – the necessities of life. Child support payments cannot be waived.

Seeking A Divorce Settlement? Where To Begin

  May 27, 2014     By Scott Stadler, P.A.
Deciding to end your marriage is not easy decision to make. There are so many emotions involved, and it can seem completely confusing It may not be easy to think in a calm, rational manner during this time, but if you want the best result for your divorce, with the least amount of pain, it is something you must try to do.

Courtroom Etiquette

  May 27, 2014     By Scott Stadler, P.A.
The day of reckoning (for your marriage, anyway) is almost here. You are probably a little nervous about your court appearance. Your attorney should help prepare you for this appearance, but we offer a few tips here to try to calm the nerves.

Anatomy of a Prosecution in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties

  May 20, 2014     By The Kilfin Law Firm PC
Most clients ask me, after being arrested (or questioned by law enforcement about the commission of a crime), what they can expect next. What follows is a brief overview of the process by which cases are prosecuted in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties, Florida.

Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Miracle or Myth for Cash Paying Patients

  May 20, 2014     By Cutright Legal Consulting
Advances in spinal surgery have resulted in surgical procedures that are less invasive, less time consuming, and are performed on an outpatient basis. Conventional private third party payers have balked at reimbursing for most of these surgeries labeling them experimental. However, patients with solid PPO plans can get a significant amount of the charges reimbursed in most instances. The remaining patients end up paying out of pocket for these services.

What Should I Do If My Husband Won't Pay Alimony?

  May 16, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
No matter how the terms of alimony are reached, it is a part of a married couples final divorce order. There are two ways that alimony terms of payment can be reached from husband to wife during the divorce. One is that the court will decide how long you will receive the alimony and how much, or that the spouses agree to the duration and amount themselves.

Ten Things Florida Residents Should Know About Divorce

  May 16, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
All Florida residents who are planning to get a divorce must know about some of the different Florida laws regarding divorce. By knowing these things, you will save yourself both time and sanity.

A Child's Death Brings Safety Questions to Window Blinds Industry

  May 12, 2014     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
The tragic, choking death of a child has brought to light questions of product safety for window blind manufacturers.

Deadly FedEx Truck Crash Shows Need For A Strong Civil Justice System Despite Lobbyists Push For Tort Reform

  May 1, 2014     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
As families of those killed in the crash between a bus and a FedEx truck on April 10th begin to look for justice in this terrible crash, lawyers from all stakeholders take note of the NTSB report.

Voter ID Law Strike Down a Victory for Justice

  May 1, 2014     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
When a federal judge ruled that a voter ID law citing it violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, they upheld the rights of all in the face of political motives.

What Happens if I get arrested for DUI While Vacationing in Florida?

  April 28, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Nothing can ruin a great vacation in sunny Florida like getting arrested for a DUI offense. What happens when you are arrested out of your home state for a DUI and what can you do about it? Here's how you can do everything you can to make sure what happens in Florida doesn't come back to haunt you in the future.

What Are the Differences Between Domestic Battery and Aggravated Battery?

  April 28, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
When discussing domestic and aggravated battery, there are a few things to consider. First, what is considered battery?

Stand Your Ground: What does it Mean For You and Your Family?

  April 28, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Wherever you have been for the past year, the issue of Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law has been a hot topic all around the country.

Aetna Disability Benefit Denial Overturned by Court Due to Flawed Vocational Assessment Report

  April 25, 2014     By Attorneys Dell & Schaefer
An Arkansas Court recently overturned an Aetna denial of long term disability benefits because Aetna relied on a flawed vocational assessment report which listed jobs that the claimant was not actually qualified to perform.

License Suspension Following a DUI

  April 24, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Driving under the influence of alcohol cases aren’t to be taken lightly. Countless consequences come with being convicted of a DUI. One of those is having your license suspended.

Sealing a Juvenile Record

  April 24, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Many people wonder about sealing a juvenile record, especially when they did something that they regret when they were younger. Just like any type of criminal conviction, it could end up making it difficult to move forward in the future.

What Happens When You Miss Court Dates?

  April 24, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Missing your court date isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do. Depending on the reason for court, there might be a variety of options for you. If you accidentally miss your hearing, you could be charged with failure to appear.

Plea Bargain FAQs

  April 24, 2014     By Law Office of James Davis, PA
Plea bargains are agreements between the state where the defendant plead guilty and the defendant in exchange for certain types of benefits. More than 95 percent of all criminal cases are solved this way.

E-Cigarettes Reputation As Safe Alternative To Tobacco Is Just More Smoke and Mirrors

  April 23, 2014     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
The dangers of e-cigarettes exposed by a new study showing e-cigarettes can cause cancer and the realization that many of the “safe” flavorings added can be toxic or have not been tested as an inhalant add up to one conclusion – they are simply not safe.

Citywide Celebrations Lead to Deadly Car Accidents

  April 22, 2014     By Lawlor Winston White & Murphey
Large, citywide festivals can bring communities together, boost the economy by attracting tourists, and help define the character of the region. However, there’s also a dark side to these large-scale events: more people are drinking and deciding to drive once they leave the celebration. Drunk driving is wrong under any circumstances, but it’s especially dangerous when the intoxicated driver may not be familiar with the city and is driving through an area with crowds of cyclists and pedestrians.

Calculating Future Medical Costs - Maximize Your Client's Personal Injury Spine Claim

  April 21, 2014     By Cutright Legal Consulting
Future medical cost calculations are a piece of the pie that is repeatedly left out of settlement offers and awarded settlements. The reality is that no one has a crystal ball or the ability to predict for certain which clients will need minor or major medical and or surgical intervention after their current injuries are managed or “fixed”.

Closing Problems & Pitfalls

  April 15, 2014     By Pohl & Short, P.A.
Occasionally unexpected issues arise that delay, or even stop, a real estate closing. There are also situations in which a Purchaser obtains title to property, and after closing learns that the property is subject to significant problems that would have been disclosed by the advice of an attorney or the review of a survey. Here are four recent examples:

Spending Time Apart Isn’t Good for a Marriage

  April 9, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Being in the military has its fair share of drawbacks. Military personnel are well aware of the fact that being in the military and serving their country comes with the possibility of being away from home for months, if not years, at a time. During times of war, men and women are gone for even longer.

Jail Isn’t Always the Best Option for Those Owing Child Support

  April 9, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Often times, custodial parents might agree that someone who doesn’t pay child support should be forced to deal with the potential consequences. For example, many people feel that any father who flees the country to avoid having to pay child support should wind up spending time behind bars. Sending the individual to jail might not be the smartest move for the family, which is the case in one situation recently.

Are Secret Accounts Really the Best Idea?

  April 9, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
When it comes to getting a divorce, money always comes into play when dealing with alimony, assets and especially child support. Many people are taking the necessary steps to prepare for their future in the event of a divorce.

Divorce Mediation is Another Option for Florida Divorce

  April 7, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Litigating a divorce may always be an option for Florida couples, but it isn't the only option. For couples that want an alternative, there is divorce mediation or collaborative law. It isn't always necessary to make ending a marriage an adversarial process. Sometimes, couples end up better of handling matters outside the courtroom.

Parent Visitation Rights FAQ

  April 7, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Any divorce or child custody case can be difficult. Once parental responsibility is established, having a chance to spend time with the minor children is important. Nothing can replace having a presence in the growth and development of a child’s life.

Who Gets the Debt: Divorce and Bankruptcy

  April 7, 2014     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Divorces can be very complex, especially when there are major financial obligations, property and debts to divide. The situation can get very messy when there is a huge financial loss at stake for one or both parties. One of the biggest myths about getting divorced is that you can pass on your debt to the other party. This is simply not true. Without question, you can divorce your spouse, but what happens to those debts that you incurred while married?



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