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When Should I Consider a Collaborative Divorce?

In a collaborative divorce, the couple commits to trying to work things out themselves, outside of the courtroom. Typically, each party will have a lawyer, and oftentimes a financial and mental health neutral are also part of the process. A financial neutral is involved because there are many financial decisions that will need to be made during the process and it is helpful to both parties to have a financial neutral present to go over all of the numbers and to explain how each party will fare financially after the divorce. A mental health neutral can help if there are emotional...

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Foreclosure Standing and the Pooling and Servicing Agreement

In light of the wealth of current case law on this issue, it should no longer be a surprise to a foreclosure plaintiff that it must prove that it had standing to foreclose on the date the original complaint was filed. However, foreclosure Plaintiffs have recently begun to rely more heavily upon the Pooling and Servicing Agreement (PSA) to satisfy the standing requirement when it comes to securitized loans. While standing can be demonstrated through a Pooling and Servicing Agreement, it does not due so automatically without further additional corroborating evidence to demonstrate that the note was part of the...

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)?

What is a Guardian Ad Litem? A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to represent the minor child and act in his or her best interest. A Guardian ad Litem is a neutral person who is an advocate for the minor child or children. Typically, a Guardian ad Litem is appointed when there is a dispute regarding timesharing, allegations of abuse, or when a child has special needs that must be evaluated by the court. In divorce and family law cases with a minor involved, a GAL must evaluate factors that could affect the nature of...

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What is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

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What insurance coverage is available? When evaluating a personal injury or car accident claim, the first thing that an attorney must evaluate is the insurance coverage available. Typically, an accident attorney looks for the policy limits of the at fault driver. If the at fault driver has limited insurance coverage or if the policy limits are not enough to cover the injuries, then attorney will determine whether there is underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage available. Underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage provides additional coverage when an at fault driver does not have enough insurance to cover the injuries that he or she...

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5 Things That Can Affect Your Car Accident Claim

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1. Recorded Statements can hurt your claim. You should never give a recorded statement to the insurance company without being represented by an experienced Florida car accident attorney. The insurance company may try to use the recorded statement against you in order to reduce the value of your claim. Speak with an attorney to determine whether you are required to give a recorded statement. Additionally, you should have an attorney present to ensure that the insurance company does not try to manipulate your statement in a way that later may be used against you. 2. Insurance companies hope that you do not...

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