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Dying Without a Will During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by David W. Veliz | Sep 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Estate planning with blended families can prove challenging under the best of circumstances. But this recent Market Watch column raises a nightmare scenario that's popping up far too often in the time of COIVD-19. A column reader explained that his father died without a will, leaving behind the r...

Probate During a Pandemic

Posted by David W. Veliz | Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has unquestionably changed life as we know it in Florida over the last six months. With more than 542,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 8,500 deaths in Florida, attorneys specializing in estate planning are seeing a surge in new business. The pandemi...

Revising An Estate Plan In The Age of COVID-19

Posted by David W. Veliz | Jul 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus have turned life as we know it upside down. With more than a quarter of a million cases in Florida and more than 16,000 in Orange County alone, this virus has many of us thinking about our mortality and long and short-term estate plans. If you are considering re...

Who Gets the House in a Florida Divorce?

Posted by David W. Veliz | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

In part, what makes getting a divorce in Orlando, Florida so difficult is the who-gets-what part of it. One of the biggest concerns is who gets the house, if anyone. And so the question posed here is: Who really does get the house in a Florida divorce? The answer is dependent on different factor...

Unemployment and Child Support or Alimony

Posted by David W. Veliz | Apr 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many Floridians have suddenly found themselves without their jobs as a result of the novel coronavirus and the economic shutdown. At the time of this writing, the unemployment rate is at 4.3 percent, with over 1.6 million people applying for unemployment claims with the state government since mid...

Can I File for Divorce in Florida During Coronavirus?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Apr 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you were contemplating getting a divorce before the novel coronavirus hit, you may have decided to put it off for the sake of your children or maybe for financial reasons. But with many people now stuck at home together for long periods of time, couples who were having marital issues before ha...

Coronavirus Fears and Rush Estate Planning in Florida

Posted by David W. Veliz | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The coronavirus has put us all on edge in Florida, in this country, and throughout the world. From business closures to state closures to the daily rise in infection numbers and deaths, it's scary out there. Many people are thinking about life generally and mortality specifically. Then, they thin...

What Rights Do Unwed Parents Have in Florida?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Feb 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The number of unwed mothers giving birth to children in Florida has steadily increased since the 1970s. According to Florida Vital Statistics,  In general, the percent of live births to unwed Florida mothers had been steadily increasing, representing 15.0 percent of all births in 1970, 22.9 perc...

Secure Act & Your Florida Estate Plan

Posted by David W. Veliz | Feb 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

For many Orlando residents, an estate plan is a comprehensive tool they use to make sure their loved ones benefit well after they have died. This security we provide makes us feel good and nurtures a want to be financially responsible. But for some of you, you may soon feel like you are being pun...

What is Florida's Supportive Relationship Law?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Dec 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

During the divorce process, one spouse may fight for spousal support. If the support is awarded, the paying spouse must comply. In the divorce decree, the parameters of the spousal support are outlined, and this can include the duration of the alimony. It could be only a few years or it could be ...

Are My Divorce Court Records Public in Orlando, FL?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Nov 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may be a private person and don't want all your dirty laundry exposed, and so, now that you are going through (or at least thinking about) a divorce, you may wonder if it will be public knowledge. Maybe there are children whom you want to protect or assets you don't want others to know about....

Can Estate Planning Include Special Needs?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you have a special needs child in your family, your first instinct may be to protect that person against any kind of abuse and to secure his or her financial future. To do so, many people wonder if they can leave money and/or other assets to the loved one with special needs in a will execute...

Can a Divorce in Florida Impact Your Estate Plan?

Posted by David W. Veliz | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

While married, you did everything you were supposed to do to secure your futures: you made sure your estate plan was properly drafted and executed through an experienced estate planning attorney in Orlando. But then you and your spouse divorced. Does this divorce impact your estate plan at all? ...

The Important Role of a Guardian in the State of Florida

Posted by David W. Veliz | Aug 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

A guardian is appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the ward.There are two types of guardianships.  The first is for a minor who will be receiving monies of $15,000.00 or more from a lawsuit settlement, wrongful death beneficiary, insurance policy award, or inheritance.  Florid...

5 Steps to Stay Ahead of Post-Divorce Money Mistakes

Posted by David W. Veliz | Jul 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be a painful, confusing, and nerve-wracking experience that has a massive impact on your finances. As you move from a single household to two separate homes, income will not stretch as far. Studies show that people need to increase their income by approximately 30% to maintain their ...

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