Personal Injury FAQ’s
How long will it take for my case to resolve?
Personal injury cases in Florida can vary in length from just a few weeks to many years. A thorough analysis of your injuries, as well as available sources of recovery needs to be made before your matter is resolved.
How much do I pay for personal injury legal services?
In Florida, personal injury cases are typically handled by attorneys on a contingency basis. That generally means that you do not pay anything until the attorney obtains money for you. A percentage is deducted from your monetary award, along with any costs incurred in the processing of your case.
Will my case go to Court?
Although Court is always a possibility that you have to be prepared for, the reality is that most personal injury cases are resolved without the need of going to Court. If there is an insurance company involved, and they agree to pay an acceptable amount before filing a lawsuit in Court, your case may be resolved without the need of going to Court.
Do I have to have a lawyer for my accident?
The need for a personal injury attorney typically escalates with the severity of your injury. As medical bills rise and the amount of interaction with an insurance company increases, you may not have the time or understanding of the process that is necessary to obtain the appropriate amount of damages for your claim. Although you do not have to have an attorney, it is advisable to have an attorney evaluate your claim when you face questions that you can not answer.
Do I get to speak to my attorney about the status of my case?
Yes. It is in your best interest for you to keep in contact with your attorney regarding the status of your case. Any changes in your medical treatment and your contact information should immediately be reported to your attorney. Your personal injury attorney should be available to talk with you regarding the status of your case.
Family Law FAQ’s
Will I have to pay Child Support?
The payment of child support is contingent on many factors including which parent is awarded primary custody, how much money each parent earns, the amount of time that the child spends with their parent, the needs of the child, and the child’s standard of living before the divorce.
Can I change or modify my child support obligation?
A modification of a child support order can be sought if a parent remarries and obtains additional income, if there is a job change that effects the income of the parent, if the parent becomes disabled, or if the needs of the child have changed.
How long do I have to live in Florida before I can file for divorce?
The rules of Florida require that at least one spouse resides in Florida for six months prior to obtaining a divorce.
What happens if my former spouse stops paying the mortgage/credit cards?
A court will typically make some division of the assets and liabilities when a final judgment of divorce is entered. However, this order does not affect who the creditor sees as responsible for the debt. There are steps that can be taken to attempt to protect your credit from being adversely affected, and you should consult with a divorce attorney to evaluate your options.
I know that the assets are split when we obtain a divorce, but we are “upside-down” on our home mortgage, and we can not afford to pay for the difference if we are forced to sale the house in the divorce, what can we do?
Ironically, the factor that most often leads to divorce is finances, and because of the depressed real estate market, many people find it difficult financially to obtain a divorce. While there is no simple solution to this problem, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you explore your options and find an acceptable solution.
Corporate Representation FAQ’s
I am thinking of starting a new business, what type of business should I choose?
The choice of business entity should be done carefully. Many factors are considered, including tax obligations, the number of potential employees, whether the business will be operating in one state or several states, and whether you need to personally insulate yourself from any liabilities of the business.
We are having a dispute with one of our vendors, what should we do?
A dispute with a business partner is often times, but not always, the result of a communication breakdown. Although there are many approaches to solve the issue, the start of each approach involves an analysis of the contractual and legal obligations of each of the parties. It is important to consult with an attorney to evaluate your options, guide you through the process, and if ultimately necessary, become involved in the process to craft a process designed to create a solution that is in the company’s best interest.
As a business, what are the requirements to continue the corporation?
There are several requirements that a business has in order to stay compliant with rules and regulations that are mandatory. These requirements depend on the type of business entity, the types of transactions that the business conducts, and the types of employees utilized by the business. It is critical to consult with an attorney in order to ensure your compliance with all applicable rules and regulations that affect the business.
I found a form company on the internet, why should I not just fill out their form to create my company?
You are certainly welcome to utilize that type of service. But, in using a service, you are not paying for advice, you are paying for a form. An attorney can help you choose what type of business entity that you should be, help you file the paperwork in the appropriate location, and make sure that you take all necessary steps to be in full compliance with the regulations of your profession. When you hire an attorney, you are paying for legal advice.