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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bankruptcy and Marriage: Issues to Consider


In Florida, married couples may either file for bankruptcy jointly or separately. When a couple files for joint bankruptcy, the debts and property of both spouses are combined. Below are some issues to consider regarding bankruptcy and marriage. 

  • Type of debt – When determining whether to file for bankruptcy separately or jointly, the type of debt held may be the most important factor to consider. The joint bankruptcy process allows married couples to eliminate all of their dischargeable debts.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

An Overview of the Florida Foreclosure Process


In Florida, all lenders are required to go to court in order to initiate the foreclosure process. To begin the process, a lender must file a lawsuit in the circuit court of the county where the property is located. However, the filing of the lawsuit is just the beginning of the process. Below is an overview of how the foreclosure process proceeds in Florida.

 

Summons, complaint, and lis pendens

As noted above, the foreclosure process is initiated when a lender files a complaint with the court.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Common Real Estate Title Problems in Florida


Title refers to the legal ownership of a piece of property. And while most real estate transactions are free of title problems, complications do occasionally arise. Below are some common real estate title problems encountered by the purchasers and sellers of property in Florida.

  • Easements – Easements are limited third-party property rights, and they can affect an individual’s control of his or her property. However, easements are not always disclosed to property purchasers, making it imperative that they are sought early in the home purchasing process.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Florida power of attorney is a legal document that gives one individual (the agent) the authority to act on behalf of another individual (the principal). A Florida power of attorney can grant broad or limited powers to an agent. A power of attorney often grants an agent the ability to complete financial transactions for the principal, such as selling property and purchasing stocks.

Requirements

In Florida, a power of attorney must be signed by two witnesses and the principal.  In addition, in order to create a valid power of attorney in Florida, a notary must acknowledge the principal’s signature. There also may be additional requirements depending on the type of power of attorney created, as there are three primary kinds in Florida: general power of attorney, limited power of attorney, and durable power of attorney.

General power of attorney

As noted above, there are different types of powers of attorney in Florida. One such version is the general power of attorney. A general power of attorney grants an agent the authority to perform most legal acts on behalf of a principal. However, the powers granted must be specifically listed in the document.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Estate Planning Attorney

Before choosing an estate planning attorney, it’s always a good idea to have an initial conference. During your initial conference, your prospective attorney will ask you questions about your situation and determine the ways in which he or she may be able to assist you. In addition, the initial conference is your opportunity to ask questions and determine whether he or she is the right fit for you. Below are some questions to ask your prospective estate planning attorney during your initial conference.

“Is estate planning one of your main practice areas?” 

This question is important depending on the type of work you need done. For example, if you only need a simple will or power of attorney, then an attorney who specializes in estate planning may not be necessary. However, if you’re dealing with a complicated financial or family situation or a taxable estate, then it is probably a good idea to work with an attorney whose primary area of practice estate planning.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Estate Planning Attorney

Before choosing an estate planning attorney, it’s always a good idea to have an initial conference. During your initial conference, your prospective attorney will ask you questions about your situation and determine the ways in which he or she may be able to assist you. In addition, the initial conference is your opportunity to ask questions and determine whether he or she is the right fit for you. Below are some questions to ask your prospective...


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Florida Probate Basics

When an individual dies, his or her estate goes through the probate process. During the probate process, the deceased individual's assets are distributed among his or her heirs or beneficiaries. In order to begin the probate process, all interested parties must file a petition with the appropriate court. Below is an overview of the probate process in Florida.

Personal Representative Appointment

Following the filing of a probate petition, the court assesses the validity of the deceased individual's will.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Florida Estate Planning: The Basics

Estate planning is the process of arranging for the management and disposal of one’s estate during life and after death. Properly drafted estate plans account for both expected and unexpected life events, and they clearly address the way in which assets will be distributed in both life and death. Below is an overview of issues to consider when approaching the estate planning process in Florida.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Choosing Chapter 13 over Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Florida

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which type of bankruptcy to file for in Florida. People often assume that Chapter 7 is a better choice than Chapter 13, as it allows fillers to eliminate most outstanding debt. However, there are times in which Chapter 13 is the superior option.


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Friday, May 11, 2018

No-Asset Bankruptcy in Florida

Chapter 7 bankruptcy usually involves the repayment of all or a portion of a debtor’s outstanding debts via the asset liquidation process. However, the law allows Chapter 7 filers to keep certain exempt property. Exempt property, as the name implies, is shielded from the bankruptcy process and may not be forcefully sold to pay back creditors.


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bankruptcy and Your Credit Score: The Basics


A common concern among debtors is the potential impact that bankruptcy can have on one’s credit score. This is a valid concern. However, credit score impact is just one of many factors to consider when deciding whether to file for bankruptcy. For example, allowing one’s debts to go to collections can have as much of an impact on credit score as a bankruptcy filing. Therefore, while credit impact should definitely be considered when determining whether to file for bankruptcy, it should not be the sole consideration.
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