Florida’s medical marijuana amendment did not pass yesterday in the election.  Even though a majority of the voters voted in favor of passing the medical marijuana amendment, receiving 58% of the vote, it fell 2% shy needed to pass.  In 2006, Florida voters decided all constitutional amendments needed a “super... 
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Many of my estate planning and elder law clients have questions revolving around their retirement accounts.  Sometimes it’s helpful to start at the basic level.  “What is the difference between an IRA and a 401k?” The term 401k and individual retirement account (IRA) are thrown around quite a bit when discussing... 
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The loss of a loved one in an auto accident leaves an emotional hole in any family. In the midst of the grief, family members usually face significant financial consequences especially if the lost loved one was the breadwinner. A wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent driver may be strong, but it still takes months,... 
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Our guest blogger this week is Liane Kupferberg Carter, Writer, Journalist, and Autism Advocate. (Originally published by The Chicago Tribune)   Maybe it’s just this time of year making me pensive. Summer is ending. Kids are leaving for college. Social media are crammed with articles and advice on how to... 
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One of the most difficult issues to deal with in any divorce proceeding is the division of martial property. Typically the biggest question is what is to happen with the house, a question that may trigger sparring matches between the divorcing couple. Further complicating a sale may be the presence of a third party... 
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The ads say that the size of a diamond is a good indication of a lasting love and the more you spend on a larger diamond, the better it is. This may not be true. According to professors from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, people who spend enormous sums on diamond engagement rings and/or their wedding are more... 
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A new texting while driving survey done by AT&T found that 98 percent of motorists who text regularly know the dangers of texting while driving, but 75 percent of them admit texting while driving anyway. That’s not surprising, in our practice, we regularly see people who are seriously injured because of people... 
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In California, couples who use mediation can obtain a complete, legal divorce without ever having to go to court.  In fact, the Judicial Branch of California officially recommends that all couples consider divorce mediation as a way to save money while avoiding the hassle and stress of court appearances. But using... 
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California has a high number of skilled and experienced divorce mediators.  Individuals who want to pursue divorce mediation but are not sure how to pick a mediator can use the following process as a basic guide. The first step is to create a short list of divorce mediators.  Divorce mediators can be found through... 
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Once you’ve drafted a will and advance directives and signed a health care proxy, take into consideration some of the less obvious things that may alleviate some of the burden on a loved one or family member.  Here’s a quick list: Access to Information The family needs to understand and have access to the individual’s... 
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