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Avoid these common estate planning mistakes for a better future

When it comes to estate planning, it's natural to do whatever it takes to put the process in the past as quickly as possible. It's never easy to think about your death and what will happen to your loved ones once you're gone.

By avoiding common estate planning mistakes today, you can prevent a situation in which you have to make too many changes in the future. Furthermore, the right approach to estate planning will give both you and your family the peace of mind you're looking for.

Sometimes seniors need to protect themselves - from their family

Buzz Aldrin, famed U.S. astronaut, recently filed a lawsuit against his son, his daughter and his business manager. The lawsuit alleges elder exploitation, unjust enrichment, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty, among other things.

What happened? As Mr. Aldrin increasingly involved his children in his business, they increasingly began to take over. Last month, they asked to be appointed as his guardians due to “cognitive decline,” which would give them even more control of his business and finances.

Why could 0.15 be an important number in your Florida DUI case?

If you are accused of DUI here in Florida, among the things that can matter greatly is what BAC you were accused of having when you were behind the wheel. One thing that could be particularly impactful is whether your blood-alcohol concentration is alleged to have been at least 0.15.

Most people know that, here in Florida, being accused of having a BAC of 0.08 or more is one of the things that can expose a driver to DUI charges. But why is 0.15 also an important number when it comes to BAC?

When Seniors Suddenly Lose Their Legal Rights

A recent article in The New Yorker reveals, with unprecedented detail, just how easy it is for senior citizens to lose their legal rights – and control over their lives. The article centers on the issue of guardianship, wherein one individual (the “guardian”) is granted court-sanctioned authority over another individual (the “ward”)’s financial and personal matters.


How does the Fifth Amendment apply to me?

Question: I see all the time on cop shows how they "read people their rights." What exactly does that mean? Don't cops have to read you your rights if they are going to arrest you?

Answer: What a great question--too many people don't know what their rights are. It's important to be informed. We often hear on television or in the movies that "You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be sued against you." The law requires this statement whenever a person is arrested.

Florida revises law on involuntary child psychiatric evaluations

Suicide prevention has been a focus in recent years, as is preventing the type of mass shootings that appear all-too frequently on the news across the country.

In order to protect the public interest, Florida's Baker Act allows courts to order involuntary psychiatric examinations. These evaluations temporarily remove children perceived to be a danger to themselves or others and provides them a full psychiatric evaluation to determine if there are any mental health issues.

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