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Laser Spine Institute of Tampa Malpractice

As of September 2017, Laser Spine Institute of Tampa has 27 recorded instances of malpractice according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Although some of the instances resulted in no payout to the Plaintiff, others resulted in significant payouts from thousands of dollars up to 5 million dollars. ...

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How to Minimize Your Alimony Obligation in a Divorce

Alimony in Florida is based upon need and ability to pay. In other words, the court must determine (1) if the spouse requesting alimony has a need and (2) if the spouse paying alimony has the ability to do so. Need is determined by looking at the standard of living during the marriage and the financial resources available to each party, along with other relevant factors. A court usually does this by reviewing the financial affidavits and hearing testimony of the parties. However, the court must evaluate all sources of income available to the parties when evaluating whether alimony is...

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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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