Articles and Blogs gathered from the Northeast Florida Attorney network to share information on the laws and legal practice.
Jacksonville Legal Articles and Blog
- You may be legally married in one of states that allow gay marriage, but if you live in the state of Florida you are not considered married under Florida law. What does this mean for you and your same-sex spouse? The non-recognition of your otherwise legal marriage means that there are no inherent rights of inheritance or property ownership.
It means that you are viewed as a “stranger” to your husband or wife. So, if you are injured ...more
- Many people believe that going to an attorney to have their Last Will and Testament prepared will be costly. Not so, what will become costly is when you don’t employ an attorney to prepare your documents. There are many attorneys who provide a reasonable fee for preparing such estate planning documents as a Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Surrogate Designation. My free advice to you is to contact them.
As an attorney who has both ...more
- When your child turns age 18, he or she is no longer viewed as your dependent. At age eighteen, your “baby” is considered an adult. As such, you are no longer able to act on your child’s behalf. Insurance companies, physicians, counselors, banks, college offices will only speak with you if they have authority from your adult child.
Realistically, the majority of 18 year olds do not have the maturity, the time, or the inclination to deal with ...more
- Because the state of Florida does not recognize your same-sex relationship, despite the fact that you have been together longer than most heterosexual couples, despite the fact that you were legally married elsewhere, means that YOU need estate planning.
If you have any assets, bank and financial accounts, a car, jewelry, furniture, knick knacks, then you have an Estate; and estate planning is necessary for distributing these assets to who you choose when you pass away. A Last ...more
- For a variety of reasons, the phenomenon of grandparents raising their grandkids has risen significantly over the past decade. With the downturn of the economy and the scarcity of jobs, parents are finding it difficult to provide for their kids. More and more they look to the security of their parents to help raise their children.
The Florida Statutes, Chapter 751, provides the means for extended family members (a relative within the third degree by blood or marriage ...more
- Preparing legal documents such as a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Designation of Health Care Surrogate, Living Will, and Declaration Naming Preneed Guardian is something we all need to do, but is usually placed on our never ending “To Do List”.
I am able to offer you an affordable and convenient way to get these much needed legal documents prepared. To accommodate your busy schedule I can meet with you for an evening or weekend ...more
- A friend’s daughter is about to turn 18 and go off to college in Florida. Upon her turning 18, she is viewed as an adult in the eyes of the law in Florida. In other words, her parents no longer have legal authority over her. As she has diabetes, her mother inquired as to whether it would be a good idea to execute a legal document naming the mother and father as her health care surrogates.
Wonderful idea. ...more