Blog Posts in 2017

Irma? We're not done with Matthew!

Hurricane Irma is now a Cat 5 Hurricane. Meanwhile, nearly a year later, we are still intaking Hurricane Matthew claims from insureds who held out hope that their insurance company would do right by ...
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Mismatched Shingles & Roof Tiles, Granular Loss and Blue Tarps...

My wife and I took a drive up A1A to one of our favorite places, St. Augustine. The drive along the coast is a great way to wind down after a long work week. While this is a regular excursion for us, ...
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TO SIGN OR NOT TO SIGN

The frequency of shady contractors swindling homeowners in insurance claims has dramatically increased since Hurricane Matthew devastated the area. The contractors’ method of deception is ...
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THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU DECIDE AN APPEAL OF YOUR DIVORCE IS YOUR NEXT CHOICE OR EVEN THE RIGHT CHOICE

After you received a Final Judgment dissolving your marriage, you probably felt a multitude of feelings ranging from relief to sadness, which are all normal feelings after a divorce. You may also feel ...
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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Lightning Strikes?

With the 2016 Hurricane season over and 2017 season soon to be on us, it is a good idea to review your homeowner’s policy for coverage exclusions. Your insurance agent has probably let you know ...
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Holding Title to Assets in a Living Trust

The primary purpose of having your assets in a living trust is to avoid the expense and delay of the probate process. Keep in mind that anything that you own which is not jointly held or in a ...
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THE TEN (REALLY ELEVEN) COMMANDMENTS TO FOLLOW WHEN APPEARING FOR A DEPOSITION OR SWORN STATEMENT

Whether you are pursuing a personal injury or insurance claim, or are a debtor in bankruptcy, or a plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit, you will likely be required to answer questions under oath. On ...
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2017 Alimony Reform Legislation

The regular session of the Florida Legislature convened on March 7, 2017. Once again, alimony reform is high on the list of bills to be considered by both the House and Senate. Two alimony reform ...
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Why you should consult with a Property Insurance Attorney for EVERY Property Insurance Claim.

The insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, not the insured. During the months since Hurricane Matthew, I have heard countless people naively say “their” adjuster when ...
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GETTING YOUR "LEGAL AFFAIRS" IN ORDER

When working with the family of the recently deceased, the most common complaint we hear is that they are overwhelmed by paperwork after the decedent’s death. We recommend that you consider ...
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THINGS TO KNOW AS YOU CONTEMPLATE BANKRUPTCY

All individual debtors who file bankruptcy must participate in credit counseling within six months before filing for bankruptcy and complete a financial management instructional course after filing ...
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Recent Florida Case Law Rejects Disabled Husband's Request for Permanent Alimony Finding That He Could Earn Income from His Non-Liquid Assets.

In a recent case out of the Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to deny the husband permanent, periodic alimony. The parties ...
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The Florida Bar, Family Law Section just voted the case of Lostaglio v. Lostaglio the "2016 Alimony Case of the Year"

BREAKING NEWS The Florida Bar, Family Law section just voted the case of Lostaglio v. Lostaglio the "2016 Alimony Case of the Year", and our managing partner, Ted Doran, was lead trial ...
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Insurance companies have denied payment in 43.8% of all closed Hurricane Matthew Claims in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

Insurance companies have denied payment in 43.8% of all closed Hurricane Matthew claims in Volusia and Flagler Counties. This amounts to nearly half of all insurance claims either being denied or ...
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