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“Sue sells seashells by the seashore, but I stepped on one of Sue’s shells so I want to sue.” That’s how the tongue twister goes, right? If you’ve caught the television commercial we produced about the shockingly LOW number of Florida civil claims that actually end up going to jury trial — you know, a […]

Not long ago I wrote a blog post about the value of “but it’s not fair” damages. To recap, just, no. There is no jury instruction on, or inherent value to your case in, an “it’s not fair” argument, where there is no one to assume liability. I am compassionate and empathetic and will hold hands […]

I rarely like to blog about actual laws. Mostly because it can get monotonous, but also because I prefer to muse about other things. That said, I think it important to do a quick blog about the fact that Governor DeSantis recently vetoed a bill that had passed through Florida’s legislative bodies. The bill would […]

There’s been an update in the Britney Spears saga. It seems the nation is once again becoming captivated by the legendary pop diva’s personal life and her ongoing legal quandary. Britney has been in the public eye for months I previously discussed her guardianship (called conservatorship in California) and some of the circumstances surrounding her […]

It’s a fairly common scenario: You’re in an auto accident and don’t particularly want to call your local 1-800-let-us-refer-you-to-a-doctor hotline because, well, you have your own doctor! (Please understand that this blog isn’t a commentary about, or a reflection of my opinion about, referral hotlines.) Instead, it is an attempt at addressing why, exactly, your […]

Someone just passed away, and you’re personal representative of the estate. What should you do? Prior to the initiation of any probate administration (pre-administration), there are several important issues a personal representative should address.   Gather information about the decendent The relevant information you’ll want to collect is pretty standard. You’ll need the decedent’s name, address, […]

I’m not a feminist, but …

What is a feminist? Feminist is defined as “someone advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.” Why do I ask this? I love creating blogs because they are mostly an opportunity for me to muse poetically (or maybe not so much) about whatever random thought comes to mind. […]

A typical estate plan consists of a will (in some cases a trust and pour-over will) and documents known as advanced directives. While a will deals with how your property is to be distributed after you pass away, advance directives allow you to choose who will manage your property, make health care decisions on your […]

For as long as there have been cars, there have been distracted drivers. Traditionally, it involved things like a crying baby in the back seat, spilled coffee, fiddling with the radio, or putting on finishing makeup touches. Distracted driving is simply something that diverts the driver’s attention from his or her primary focus. While on […]

All about trust(s)

What is a trust, and why do you need one? Perhaps we should start with a little background. A (trendy) way to avoid probate administration In 1965, Norman F. Dacey published a now-famous book titled How to Avoid Probate! In his book, Dacey outlines how to set up trusts to avoid the delays and expense […]