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Do Florida Workers’ Compensation Calculators Work?

If you were injured in the course of performing your work duties, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon can help. Contact us online or call today for a free consultation: (850) 433-6581 You may be wondering how much your claim is worth and asking the question, do...

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Using an Enhanced Life Estate Deed to Avoid Probate

Written by: Attorney Scot B. Copeland While there are a number of ways to transfer property upon death in Florida, an enhanced life estate deed (also known as a Lady Bird deed) is often an inexpensive and efficient way of doing so.  Absent a probate avoidance mechanism (such as ownership in a revocable living trust or joint survivorship ownership),...

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Breaking Down the Florida Real Estate Power of Attorney

Written by: Attorney Sally B. Fox A Florida Real Estate Power of Attorney (“FREPOA”) is a written legal document used for you to authorize a person (“Agent”) (at least 18 years old) to act on your behalf related to a Florida real estate related transaction.  A FREPOA is typically limited in scope to a specific real estate transaction.  For...

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Why You Should Have a Will

Written by: Attorney Amelia J. Strom In our day to day lives, taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is a priority, so why shouldn’t that be a priority when we are no longer able to do so? Estate planning is the process whereby a person can, during his or her life, prepare and execute various documents so...

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To Probate or Not to Probate

Written by: Attorney Chuck P. Hoskin             The primary purpose of probate is to create a record transfer or to transfer probate assets. Probate assets are assets that are titled just in the decedent’s name. Titled assets are primarily real estate, motor vehicles, and bank accounts. Occasionally a personal representative will be required in order to settle an insurance...

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Types of Trusts and Their Various Uses in Estate Planning

Written by: Attorney Van P. Geeker There are several types of trusts that you can establish for different purposes. Here is a short list of trusts with a brief description of possible uses or purposes. Revocable “living” or inter vivos Trust: This type of trust is commonly used to avoid probate of the assets held by the trust at...

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Can an Employer Sue an Employee in Florida?

While it is less common for an employer to sue an employee than vice versa, there are many valid legal reasons that an employer may bring a cause of action against an employee (or ex-employee) and win.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many people hold over 10 jobs in their lifetime. There are many reasons to transition,...

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Can Families Get Workers’ Comp Death Benefits in Florida?

Florida requires employers conducting business within the state to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Specific coverage requirements depend on the type of industry, number of employees, and entity organization. Workers’ compensation insurance offers wages and medical benefits to workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.  Accidents at the workplace can result in severe injuries and even death....

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Tips for Filing a Hurricane Insurance Claim in Florida

While insurance claims for hurricanes don’t only happen in Florida, they are certainly more common in Florida than in other states. Florida gets hit by more hurricanes each year than just about any other state, so it is critical that Florida homeowners and renters have some form of insurance. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it is more important...

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How Long Do You Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida?

If you were injured on the job in Florida, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact us online or call today to schedule a free consultation: 850-433-6581 Many people don’t realize they have a valid claim right away, so they may delay filing a claim. You may be asking, How long do you have to file a workers’...

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