Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to have the advice of a lawyer?
Because only an expert can tell you what the consequences are of each of your legal actions, both good and bad, and this advice can be offered to you as part of the action plan that best suits your needs.
What is a will?
Wills are the most popular way for people to decide how their properties will be managed once they are gone. However, it is estimated that at least 70% of Americans do not have valid wills.
What is Probate?
Probate is the formal, court supervised procedure to identify all assets owned by a deceased person (a “decedent”), identify the decedent’s creditors and beneficiaries, and the distribution of assets accordingly. Probate is required whether you have a Last Will or not.
What are the benefits of estate planning?
By having an estate plan, you will provide your family with peace of mind. They won’t have to worry about what happens to your assets, including money, property and investments. You have clearly made the decision as to what will happen with your money through a will or trust. Because of your decision and instructions, your family may have an easier time dealing with your unexpected death. Moreover, proper planning can save your estate thousands in court related expenses.
What to do after a personal injury accident? (Car, Motorcycle, Truck, Uber, Slip and Fall)
- Call the police immediately
- Take photos of your injuries
- Visit a doctor or hospital for injuries
- Write down the police report number
- File a claim with your insurance
- If you have visited a doctor, follow their care plan and attend all follow-up appointments
- Make a list of witnesses and their contact information if you know it
- Contact an Attorney!
How Much is my case worth?
There’s no way to precisely value a claim, we can only approximate the value. This includes economic damages like costs for medical expenses, lost wages, and injuries. Call us for an evaluation!
How long does it take a personal injury lawsuit to settle?
Smaller claims can be resolved in a matter of weeks or months. However, in severe cases, litigation is required to get fair compensation for your claim and litigation can continue for a year or more. Another factor in calculating the length of time to settle or litigate a claim is the severity of your injuries and the medical treatment required to get you to feel your best, which is our priority.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
A statute of limitations is the time limitation that you have to bring the case. In Florida, for most personal injury cases, the statute of limitation is four years. For a wrongful death case, the statute of limitations is two years.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At our firm your rights are our priority. We want to make sure you get fairly compensated for your injuries. Therefore, we work on your case on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay to hire us to work for you. You don’t pay unless we win your case
What is probate and why is it important?
Probate is a judiciary proceeding to identify and gather all the assets of a deceased person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries. Florida is a probate state, which means that whether a person dies with or without a will a probate proceeding must be started shortly after their death. There are three different probate proceedings, and which one applies to you will depend on your particular circumstances:
- Summary Administration
- Formal Administration
- Ancillary Proceeding
Give us a call for a free evaluation. We understand it is a difficult time for you and yours, and we’re here to help and guide you in the right direction with compassion, it’s our culture.
How much does a probate proceeding costs?
Probate is a complicated process. The costs depend on which proceeding your particular situation requires and the complexity of the case.
Are there ways to avoid probate?
The short answer is yes. There are multiple ways to avoid probate, but this must be done prior to a person’s passing. Some ways to avoid probate are:
- Estate Plan
- Lady Bird Deed
My husband/wife passed away and we only own our primary residence?
In this case, title automatically passes to the surviving spouse provided they were legally married, and the property is titled in both of their names.
Do I need an attorney to begin a probate proceeding?
A probate proceeding is a complicated process with both legal and tax ramifications, therefore it is wise to consult with an attorney about your particular situation.
What is estate planning?
Estate planning refers to the planning and preparation of multiple documents, with specific instructions as to how your assets will be managed in the event of incapacitation or death. By having an attorney draft an estate plan you can determine who will inherit your assets and under what terms or conditions It includes drafting a will, setting up trusts, naming a trustee and beneficiaries, and setting up funeral arrangements, among other things. There also tax benefits. Consult with an attorney today.
Does having an estate plan in place avoid probate?
The short answer is yes. Consult with an attorney today to get started with your estate plan.
What is the difference between an estate plan and a will?
A will is a document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property at death. It may also include instructions as to the care of minor children. However, an estate plan goes beyond than a will and carries other benefits.