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Birth Certificates, Benefits and Responsibilities

Eight months have passed since Florida lifted its ban on gay marriage but changes have not been made to birth certificates issued by The Florida Department of Health. Florida birth certificate are gender specific, “mother and husband” rather than the option of “parents”. This means that children born to these couples do not have the […]


Grandparent’s Legal Visitation Rights in Florida

Florida is home to millions of grandparents but most of them do not have legal visitation rights of their grandchildren.  However, Governor Rick Scott recently signed legislature to expand grandparent visitation to a specific group of children, those whose parents are both deceased, missing or in a persistent vegetative state or if one of the […]


Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court has ruled that all couples have the right to wed in the United States.  The United States becomes the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.  This landmark decision provides married same sex couples with the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as opposite sex (traditional) married couples. The following are just a […]


Changes to Credit Report Reporting

Credit scores are used for more than just approval for mortgages loans.  A poor credit score may affect the deposit amount for cell phone service, utilities and insurance policies. Maintaining a good credit score by paying bills on-time, eliminating unused credit cards and keep credit card balances to a minimum is a must.  However, changes […]


Title Insurance Offers Protection after Closing

More goes into buying a new home than hiring a realtor, finding a property, making an offer and moving in.  One of the most important steps in the home buying process is a title search.  A real estate title is a document that states who has legal ownership of a property.  Once a sales contract […]


Good Credit Beyond Loans

Did you know that credit scores are not just used to approve a loan or credit card application.  Utility companies, cell and home phone services, private student loans, home and auto insurance and rental properties use credit reports to determine the amount of a security deposit required.  The security company ADT is now using software […]


Florida Cohabitation – What’s Mine Isn’t Legally Yours

Did you know Florida is only one of three remaining states where it is illegal to live together as an unmarried couple under the “lewd and lascivious behavior” statute.  The statute has been on the books since 1868 but is rarely enforced; however violators could receive a $500 fine, 60 days in jail and a […]


Interview with Broward & Dade County Attorney Ronald A. Luzim


Assign a Guardian

The thought of assigning a guardian to minor children is almost too much to bear for parents.  Facing morality is not easy for most people.  However, it could be the greatest gift you can give to your family before a life changing event occurs.  The guardian designation can be easily included in your estate planning […]


What to Expect in Mediation

Mediation allows opposing sides to come together, along with their attorneys and a certified mediator, to create an independent and tailored resolution and bring closure to a disagreement.  Courts may mandate mediation before the case is heard by a judge.  In most cases, mediation is less expensive than traditional court and can speed the legal […]