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Knowing when to update an estate plan is important

Updating an estate plan is equally important to developing a well thought out and effective estate plan. Just as estate planning should take into account different aspects of the estate planner's life, it is also important to take into account any changes in the estate planner's life when updating an estate plan.

It is typically time to update an estate plan when any significant change happens in the estate planner's life. This can include a variety of personal or professional circumstances. A general rule of thumb is that it is a good idea to update an estate plan every 3 years to ensure it takes into account any changes in the estate planner's life that have taken place during that time and that it still reflects the estate planner's wishes.

3 mistakes to avoid during child custody negotiations

Child custody is likely one of your core concerns during your Florida divorce. You probably want as much custody of your children as you can get. The negotiation process, which is often fraught with emotional arguments and legal complexities, can be hard to navigate. 

It is easy for parents to make mistakes while negotiating child custody. If you make errors, it may hurt your chances of having custody or visitation. That does not need to happen in your case. Take a look at some of the common custody mistakes below so you know what not to do. 

What penalties can I face for a drunk driving charge?

In general, there is a list of potential penalties individuals accused of drunk driving may face but they may also specifically wonder what those potential penalties and consequences they are facing are. Typically, accused individuals facing drunk driving charges are facing a fine, potential incarceration, driver's license suspension or revocation, probation and the requirement that they enroll in a drunk driving or alcoholism class.

In addition, drunk driving penalties can also include the requirement that the accused individual install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle which can also be a costly requirement. An ignition interlock device is a device installed on the accused individual's car that captures their breath and measures their blood alcohol content level and will not allow them to start the vehicle if their blood alcohol content measures above a certain level. Accused individuals may also be required to attend a drunk driving school or treatment program. The loss of a license is also a possibility.

What will I be required to pay in alimony to my former spouse?

Spousal support, or alimony, can be ordered to be paid by one former spouse by the other which can be a tense and challenging issue during a divorce. As a result, it can be helpful for divorcing spouses to be familiar with alimony and spousal support laws in Florida so they know what to expect and can best protect their interests.

Family law covers a broad range of issues and concerns that families and couples may face. Family law resources can also help families and couples work through and resolve the concerns they have. Spousal support can be a contentious issue but it is one that divorcing couples can resolve by agreement or with the help of the family law court. This is true of must family law-related concerns that can be resolved by the couple or with the assistance of the family law court.

How a criminal defense can address drug charges

A criminal defense for drug charges is important because drug charges can, unfortunately, be both common and serious. Drug charges oftentimes lead to long prison sentences in Florida which is why preparing a criminal defense to drug charges is essential for accused individuals to immediately begin thinking about when they have been charged.

All drug charges, including drug possession, drug manufacturing, the sale of drugs, drug distribution and drug trafficking charges, can lead to serious penalties and consequences for the accused individuals. Illegal drugs accused individuals may face drug charges related to include cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs as well. The goal of any criminal defense strategy, including those in response to drug charges, is to mitigate the charges and potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing.

What is required for a will to be valid in Florida?

One of the most important parts of an estate plan is a will which directs the distribution of the estate planner's assets to the beneficiaries they select and according to their direction. There are many considerations to take into account when estate planning including wills, beneficiaries and probate so it is important to be as familiar as possible with the different components of an estate plan and the requirements for each of them.

It is essential that the requirements for a will to be valid are met when drafting and executing a will. To properly execute a will in Florida, certain requirements must be met including that the estate planner signs the will in front of two or more witnesses and that the witnesses must sign in front of the estate planner as well as in front of the other witnesses. In addition, the estate planner must meet certain requirements to execute a will including that they are at least the age of majority, typically 18 years old, and are competent to execute a will which usually requires that they are of sound mind to execute a will.

3 tips for co-parenting with a high-conflict ex

You may think that after the divorce is final, things in your life will start to settle down. You and your kids have to fall into a new routine, and making it as seamless as possible for their benefit is your primary concern.

A large part of how smoothly this goes is dependent on how your ex behaves. You worry that this argumentative nature and negative attitude will start to shine through during co-parenting. If you have an ex who causes stress and chaos, try one or all of these three tips in an attempt to co-parent more peacefully:

What are the protections against an illegal search or seizure?

When facing criminal charges, and considering criminal defense strategies and options, it is helpful for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights. Knowing those rights can help accused individuals develop a strong criminal defense strategy that can help them with their charges.

Accused individuals have important protections from an illegal search or illegal seizure that they should be familiar with. The 4th Amendment provides protections against an illegal search and seizure but what makes a search or seizure illegal? There are procedures that law enforcement must follow and requirements they must meet to ensure the legality of a search or seizure under the 4th Amendment.

Child custody basics in Florida

Knowing how to develop and enforce a child custody order in Florida is important. Because child custody can sometimes be a tough subject, it is helpful for parents to be familiar with the resources available through the Florida family law system to help them with the different situations they may face related to their child custody arrangement.

It is helpful for parents to know how child custody is determined in their state as well as how different types of custody arrangements and visitation work. That way, parents can determine what child custody arrangement will work best for their family and children. Child custody decisions are always made based on what is in the best interests of the child and divorcing parents should also be familiar with that standard.

Help with post-divorce modifications

Divorce-related modifications are essential for many divorced couples and families as things change following a divorce. Divorce modifications can help when changes need to be made to a child support order, child custody order or a spousal support order.

Resolving all of the divorce-related issues divorcing couples must decide during their divorce can be challenging, however, future challenges may come up down the road that require a divorce modification. Divorce modifications may be possible if there is a significant change in circumstances that is also permanent and is not expected to change. Both former spouses seeking a modification, and those opposing a modification, should be familiar with the legal resources available to address their concerns.

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