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September 2016 Archives

Guardianship for special needs adults

If you have been following our blog, you know that there are some circumstances in which adults are assigned guardians to represent their own interests. For the parents of special needs adults, following legal proceedings to obtain the right to serve as their child's legal guardian can be wise option. Even if your child is engaged in full-time employment and resides in an assisted living home, she may need someone to make medical decisions or schedule doctor's appointments. While the law recognizes the age of 18 as the demarcation for independent judgment on finances, medical treatment and living conditions, such deliberations may prove too challenging for adults with special needs.

Walk down the aisle with a smile: Make sure you have a pre-nuptial agreement.

You've done it! You've found the one. And you are excited to begin your new life together. Both of you have kids from previous marriages, and they get along great. You're both financially solvent and you never plan on going through a divorce again. So why bother with a pre-nup?

No longer unknown: Steps to take to learn your birth history

If you have been following our blog, you know that there are established procedures Florida courts follow in order to release information to adoptive individuals. If you were adopted and are just beginning your search for your birth parents, you may not want to dive headlong into pages of adoption statutes immediately. While it may seem overwhelming to parse the rules designed to protect your birth parents' identities, you may find it helpful to know which information you are legally entitled to review and which information you will need court permission to access. As with most states, the state of Florida will reveal details to adoptive children upon their turning 18 years of age if their birth parents consented to the release of such information.

Learn different valuation methods

Florida couples going through a divorce may not agree on important matters. One area that is commonly contested is the value of certain assets, especially when a business is involved. This calculation is important because it factors into the split of property that each party will receive.

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