Estate Planning For Blended Families

Though every adult should have an estate plan, there are several reasons why it is even more critical for blended families to have one. With blended families, people may bring children from previous relationships and face unique challenges (e.g., ensuring fair distribution, avoiding conflicts with beneficiaries, and guardianship decisions).  The fallout that those issues create can be mitigated with thoughtful Read More

Closing Time: Why You Need an Attorney During the Real Estate Closing Process

There are few bigger moments in life than buying a home or making a major real estate investment in Florida. It’s a significant milestone for anyone that requires careful attention. The process is often complex and, for newcomers to the real estate market, overwhelming because of the legal and financial aspects associated with it. This is why having a real estate attorney is invaluable throughout the entire Read More

Understanding the Types of Insurance Coverages You Need in Florida

Florida insurance minimums are not simply about compliance; it is a critical aspect of protecting yourself in the event of an accident. The financial impacts of getting into an accident without insurance would be insurmountable for many Floridians. In Florida, the law mandates that all registered vehicles carry certain insurance coverages. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Read More

Cautionary Tales of Not Having Estate Planning Documents on Time

Estate planning is peace of mind. Or at least it’s supposed to be. For some, an incomplete estate plan or a plan that never even materialized becomes a nightmare down the road. Your plan needs to acknowledge and address your wishes while also making sure loved ones are taken care of. It’s not only about what happens when you die – there are a number of planning elements that take effect while you’re still Read More

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Can Linger and Worsen Long After Your Car Accident

We say it time and time again: the moments after your car accident are crucial. As personal injury attorneys, there is a twofold reason we stress this so often. First and foremost, you need to take care of your body and any injuries you suffer in a car accident. Second, you need to take steps in the aftermath of your accident to preserve your personal injury case and protect your finances. Traumatic Brain Injuries Read More

Your Estate Plan Should Grow and Evolve With You

We frequently talk about the terms and documents associated with your estate plan. Wills, trusts, guardianship, conservatorship, etc. These are all important elements of a complete plan, but estate planning is more than just a list of documents. Estate planning is an ongoing process that continues throughout your life. Circumstances, wealth, and assets evolve over time, and your plan needs to keep up with those Read More

Hurt in a Rideshare Accident? Here’s What Happens Next

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft continue to grow in popularity as people rely on them as a way to get where they need to go. Whether it’s for a night out, to get to the airport, or simply because you have no other option, these apps provide a car and driver for your trip. Safety, however, is not guaranteed. As you know, Florida roads are dangerous with well over the national average in car accident deaths per Read More

Weak Trademarks Can Crush Your Business So How Can You Strengthen Them?

Trademarks carry the weight of some of your business’ most creative, impactful work. You control the way your work is licensed, presented, reused, and imitated through trademark protection. As we mentioned in our previous blog on the four types of trademarks, however, not all works are created equal. A weak trademark will either never be approved or be exposed to significant scrutiny. Our team handles trademark Read More

Are You Taking Advantage of Florida’s Home Affordability Programs?

Homebuying is often exhausting and always expensive. Purchasing a home will be the largest expenditure for most Americans in their lifetime. Thankfully, Florida lawmakers have taken steps to make buying a home in the sunshine state more affordable (or, in some cases, affordable period for those who would otherwise never be able to buy a home). Getting a discount on a home could mean tens of thousands saved that Read More

New Florida Law Reduces Victims’ Rights to Seek Damages

Here at Alvarez Law, we persistently advocate for our clients and their right to financial recovery in cases of negligence. A few weeks ago, however, a new Florida law (House Bill 837) was signed by the governor, diminishing the ability of some individuals to claim damages that result from negligent acts. Understanding these changes will be imperative in setting expectations and recognizing what this means for your Read More