Tampa Child Custody Lawyer

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Tampa Child Custody LawyerWhether you are going through a contested or uncontested divorce, if children are involved, you are going to fill out a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit.  We call this form the UCCJEA form for short.  Regardless of whether you and your spouse agree on parental responsibility, time-sharing/visitation, or custody, this form is required.  The ... Read More

Marital Settlement Agreement

Marital Settlement Agreement IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE MARRIED GET DIVORCED: Many people believe that once a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is signed, they are “legally separated”.  Here in Florida, there is no such thing as “legal separation”.  In order to be rid of your spouse, you must get DIVORCED.What is a Marital Settlement Agreement A Marital Settlement Agreement is a contract between you ... Read More


Probate attorney Tampa
Will I WANT TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO A CHARITY IN MY WILLYou need a will to make sure all of your worldly possessions go to the person you want. You also need a will to give to those charities or foundations that you believe help the causes that you support for the good work that they do.Plan Gifts too OrganizationsHow ... Read More

Immigration Address Change

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Immigration Address ChangeIMMIGRATION ADDRESS CHANGE NOTIFICATION FOR NON-CITIZENS IS MANDATORYDid you know if you are a non-citizen, you must notify the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) within TEN (10) days of your change of address? You may notify USCIS by mail or online. In most cases, if you file online, you will not need to file the paper form. The ... Read More

Selective Service

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SELECTIVE SERVICEIf you are a male, between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age, and a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder), you are required to register for military service in the United States.Apply for CitizenshipOne of the criteria immigration authorities require when you apply for citizenship is proof that you have registered with Selective Service, as it ... Read More

Letter of Instructions

Letter of Instructions For WillsMany people have certain ideas about what they want done after they pass away. In most cases, the individual’s will does not give any idea about funeral arrangements: which funeral home to use, whether cremation is an option, certain rituals or religious beliefs to be followed. That is where a Letter of Instruction could be key ... Read More

Replace Green Card

Replace Green Card
Replace Green CardIf your green card needs to replaced, because it has been lost or it has expired, destroyed or may have errors, you must fill out the proper application and provide the proper paperwork to immigration services- United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).Renewing a Green Card that is about to expire.Do You Need To Replace Your Green Card, ... Read More

Family Immigration Petition

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Family Immigration PetitionWhen you are applying for an adjustment of status, it is important that you have all the documents to prepare for the process. When submitting your family immigration petition application and paperwork, you want the paperwork to be in a semblance of order and legible.I-485 Adjustment of Status applicationFirst, you need to properly fill out the I-485 Adjustment of ... Read More

Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial AgreementA Prenuptial Agreement is an agreement between individuals in contemplation of marriage that becomes effective upon marriage. In essence, the premarital agreement, called a prenup for short, provides both monetary and emotional security to the parties. The parties have the ability to address all of the issues that they have determined are important to them and their relationship. Financial ... Read More

Powers of the Personal Representative

Powers of the Personal RepresentativeIn Florida, the person or entity (ie. trust department of a bank) who is named in a will or who is appointed by the court to take care of the estate of the deceased individual during probate proceedings is the Powers of the Personal Representative. In other states, the Personal Representative is the executor. Here in ... Read More

Green Card

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An individual, who is a non-citizen and has been given permission to live in the United Sates permanently is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). If you are an LPR who has a green card, in order to maintain your status or be able to eventually apply for Naturalization, you must abide by the law. In other words: Stay out of … Read More

Personal Representative

WHO CAN BE A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF An ESTATE? (Executor) A  Personal Representative is what the executor of an estate is called in Florida. A Personal Representative is the individual who is appointed by the court to administer the estate.There are 2 types of estates: 1) Testate and 2) IntestateA Testate estate is one where there is a will. An ... Read More

Storing Estate Planning Documents

Estate Planning Documents
ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS Now that you have your Will Package: Will, Living Will, Designation of Health Care Surrogate, Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian, HIPAA Release, and your Durable Power of Attorney signed, witnessed, and notarized, it needs to be kept in a safe place. Not because they could be stolen, but to make sure they are not lost. The first thought for ... Read More


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NaturalizationWhat is Naturalization? NaturalizationNaturalization is the process that an individual from a foreign country goes through to become a US citizen. In most cases, the individual has held a green card for the stipulated amount of time before becoming eligible to apply for Naturalization. For someone who is married to a US citizen, the time is three (3) years, but ... Read More

Advance Directives

When Should I revise my Advance Directives and Will?If you have a major life change, you should consider revising or updating your will and other estate planning documents, including your Advance Directives.Consider reviewing and possibly revising your will, advance directives , and other estate planning documents.Review your Will if any of the following occur: You get married. You have children or ... Read More

Immigrant and Nonimmigrant

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Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Many people call anyone from another country who comes to the United States an immigrant. In the realm of Immigration Law, there is a distinction between an immigrant and a nonimmigrant.ImmigrantAn immigrant is an individual, who is foreign-born, but has ties to the United States, in that they have become a Permanent Resident and possess a green ... Read More

Probate Lawyer in Tampa

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Probate lawyer in TampaDeath of a loved one and Income Taxes We are in the middle of “tax season” and many people are anticipating a tax refund. What happens if a loved one dies and a tax refund check in their name arrives? In certain cases, Florida probate law covers such an issue.TaxesIf the person that is to receive a tax ... Read More

File for a Divorce

File for a Divorce
File for a Divorce in FloridaIf you have decided to get divorced one of the most important questions that needs to be answered is: Where does the paperwork to get divorced have to be filed.I WANT TO File For a Divorce, in Florida? My spouse and I both want to get divorced and we agree on everything:This is an uncontested ... Read More

Advance Directive

Advance Directive One must plan for the unknown and inevitable in life. If you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself, you need to make sure that what you want is known and can be followed by those who are treating you. The only way that can happen is if you have your decisions in writing. Here in Florida, ... Read More

Mediation for Divorce in a Family Law Case

MediationWhen a contested divorce, also called dissolution of marriage, is filed, whether the parties have children or not, they must go to mediation to attempt to work out their contested issues. Mediation is the non-adversarial step in the process that allows the parties to work out the issues, come up with solutions, and hopefully settle their divorce case instead of ... Read More

Ways to Avoid Probate

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Avoid ProbateWhen someone dies and leaves real (house, land) and/or personal property, it must be legally transferred to the individual’s heirs or beneficiaries. This is called probate. In some cases, probate can be avoided, regardless of whether someone dies with or without a will. If you die with a will, the individuals named in your will are beneficiaries. These people ... Read More

How to become a citizen of the United States

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Citizen of the United States?In order to determine whether you are eligible for citizenship, you have to be able to answer some questions and be willing to follow through with certain requirements to uphold and defend the United States. Are you at least 18 years old?  In order to apply for citizenship, one must be an adult.  If you are ... Read More