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Does getting married in your 20s lead to divorce?

You may have heard that getting married young often leads to divorce. In many cases, this refers to people who got married when they were in their teens. Maybe they had their parents' legal permission at a young age or maybe they got married at 18, as soon as they graduated from high school and wanted to start a life of their own.

To this end, many people assume that at least waiting until you are in your 20s is long enough. They think that will insulate them from the high divorce risks. But is it still too early? Should they have waited until they were in their 30s? Do a lot of people get married in their 20s still feel like they move quickly toward a relatively young divorce?

Is failing a Breathalyzer test an automatic conviction?

If you recently failed a Breathalyzer test during a traffic stop, you're probably facing drunk driving charges. Drivers approach this situation in different ways, with some throwing up their hands and assuming there is nothing they can do about it while others immediately get to work building a strong legal defense in Florida.

Building a defense against drunk driving charges may not always lead to seeing the charges dismissed or reduced, but simply doing nothing almost always leads to a conviction. Some prosecutors may even see a lack of defense as an off-the-record, unofficial admission of guilt, and may seek the maximum punishment for the defendant.

Appointing a guardian: What you should know

There may come a time when you need to appoint a guardian in your will. Perhaps you're getting older and want to make sure an adult child with a disability is taken care of if you pass away. Maybe you have a degenerative disease and know that your children may need to have someone else appointed to take care of them.

In your estate plan, you can appoint a guardian to take care of your loved ones if you pass away. If those individuals are not yet adults or cannot make decisions for themselves, then it's important that a guardian is there to make decisions for them.

What happens when someone in Florida dies without a will?

A last will or estate plan allows someone control over their legacy when they die. They can grant assets and possessions to specific people or even contribute toward charity as one of their final acts.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the foresight or desire to plan for their own death. It also sometimes happens that someone may have created an estate plan or last will, but no one knows where to find it.

Understanding how to defend yourself from Florida cocaine laws

Federal drug law in the United States criminalizes cocaine, and everything from mere possession of the drug to manufacturing, trafficking and distribution is against the law. If you have been linked to any activity involving cocaine in the state of Florida, it is very important that you understand how the law works. This will help you to build a compelling defense, and minimize the charges you will be subject to.

There are many ways to defend yourself from a cocaine-related charge in Florida. You may be able to successfully deny the claims entirely and have the charges dismissed. Alternatively, you may be able to negotiate a plea bargain that will grant you with lesser charges in return for helpful information about the case.

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.

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