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Tips for Communicating with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

By Laurie R. Chane |

If you have a loved one with dementia or memory loss, you may already be familiar with the disturbing statistics on these disorders. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 elderly people die with dementia, though the actual death is due to other causes. There are currently more than 6 million people living… Read More »

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Benefits of Powers of Attorney You Did Not Expect

By Laurie R. Chane |

A durable power of attorney is one of the most effective estate planning documents for dealing with incapacity, because you are putting into place a strategy for managing your property if you cannot do so yourself. In a POA, you appoint an agent to handle real estate, personal assets, legal matters, and financial considerations…. Read More »

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What is the Florida Child Support Guideline Model?

By Laurie R. Chane |

It is well-established that both parents have a duty to support the children they have in common, and that the obligation is usually owed by the parent who does not have primary residential custody. However, you might not realize that US states have different child support guideline models that are used to calculate the… Read More »

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Florida Ends Permanent Alimony: Facts to Know

By Laurie R. Chane |

After a few attempts to reform spousal support laws in Florida were vetoed in recent years, lawmakers successfully passed a measure that ends permanent alimony. Senate Bill 1416 was signed into law by the governor on June 30, 2023, and affects cases pending or filed after July 1, 2023. By terminating permanent alimony, the… Read More »

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How Probate Works for a Florida Intestate Estate

By Laurie R. Chane |

Even though people are aware that creating a will is an extremely important estate planning task, many either do not get around to it or mistakenly decide they do not need it. Under the circumstances, Florida’s statute on intestate estates applies. Essentially, these laws create a will where one does not exist, because the… Read More »

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Facts to Know Before Filing a Restraining Order in Florida

By Laurie R. Chane |

Domestic violence remains a top concern in the US, but you might not realize the prevalence of violent acts by members of the family or household. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), around 10 million people suffer physical violence from an intimate partner every year, at a rate of nearly 20… Read More »

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Florida Family Law Overview for Unmarried Couples

By Laurie R. Chane |

There was a time when marriage was the traditional way of starting and growing a family, with financial and socioeconomic factors driving the trend. Today, many couples live together and enjoy healthy, thriving relationships without ever getting married. The US Census Bureau reports that the number of unmarried partners living together almost tripled from… Read More »

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Mistakes People Make When Creating a Will in Florida

By Laurie R. Chane |

To start, the first, most impactful error with preparing a will is not doing it at all. According to Senior Living magazine, older Americans are expected to transfer more than $36 trillion in assets to loved ones, charities, and other beneficiaries. Unfortunately, approximately one-half of these individuals do not have a will, despite knowing… Read More »

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Possible Changes Coming For Florida’s Alimony Statute

By Laurie R. Chane |

Alimony can be a contentious subject in a Florida divorce, and lawmakers have recently approved  legislation that if signed by the Governor, could result in considerable changes to how the process works. The Florida Senate bill and the House version will overhaul key aspects of the existing statute. In general, the legislation eliminates some… Read More »

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4 Things You Did Not Know About Mediation in Florida

By Laurie R. Chane |

If you are a party in a divorce or family law case that is in dispute, there is a good chance that you will participate in mediation in an attempt to resolve conflict. In almost all cases, parties to a contested family law matter are required to participate in mediation as a condition before… Read More »

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