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Is my will valid? It’s a critically important question to consider when executing an estate. What are the requirements for a will to be valid? In Florida, the requirements for a will to be valid are simple: The will must be in writing (can be typed or handwritten so long as all execution formalities are […]

I was heading down the road recently when I saw a billboard that pretty much screamed at me: “Size Matters!” The proponent, as it turned out, was in fact a very large personal injury firm with a marketing budget to match (aka, the Big Guys).  Which got me, a competitor Sarasota/Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch personal injury attorney […]

Got your attention, didn’t I?  Although what I have to say might not be what you expect, it is important information, so get your mind out of the gutter. If you have ever spoken to me personally about what I do, or networked in any way with me, you’ve heard me say it: In Florida, […]

It’s a nightmare scenario: A loved one has been involved in a fatal car crash, but you aren’t alerted until hours later. Law enforcement officers are unable to contact you, and consequently your child, spouse, parent, etc. passes away without you knowing. This is what happened to Bradenton resident Christine Olson in 2005. Her 22-year-old […]

As the mom of one licensed teen driver and one soon-to-be licensed teen driver, and as a Sarasota personal injury attorney with (too much) experience handling crashes caused by teen drivers, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to best navigate this rite of passage. Florida’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) offers some help. During […]

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida with an uncertain path, residents are doing their best to prepare for the storm. For some, this means evacuating ahead of the high winds and potentially heavy rains. For others, this means joining the long lines at grocery stores and gas stations to stock up on water and fuel before […]

A few weeks ago, I was driving home from a lovely dinner and evening on Anna Maria Island. I had enjoyed some time on the beach with my two young children and my mother, who was visiting from Ohio, We were tired, covered in sand and on our way home after a long, fun day. […]

It’s that time of year again for sharpened pencils, blank notebooks, new bookbags and meet the teacher nights. Tomorrow is the first day of school of the 2017-2018 school year for the Manatee County public schools, and Monday, school begins for Sarasota County kids. Consequently, there will be more school buses on the roads. My […]

As I have previously mentioned, I am not a native Floridian. However, I fully recognize and appreciate that many Floridians own and use boats. The proximity to beautiful water, however, comes with the dangers of boating accidents and deaths. My experience with boating is limited mostly to my childhood. My grandparents owned a large piece […]

Last weekend, a day at Panama City Beach nearly turned deadly for several people that were caught in a rip current. The victims of the strong current were saved when bystanders formed a human chain to reach them and bring them back to land. The dramatic events started when two young boys playing in the […]