Did you know that fewer than 1% of all Florida attorneys are board certified? Board certified attorneys have a leg up in the industry, and those that achieve this designation, like those at Balkan and Patterson, are among the leading attorneys in the state. Here’s what it takes for attorneys to become board certified and how that can give you a major advantage in your case. What Does It Mean for a Florida Attorney to be Board Certified? The short answer is that only the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can get board certified. These attorneys go above and beyond meeting bar exam requirements andRead More →

Car accidents are more common in South Florida than in other parts of the United States. As such, it is important that local drivers know what to do should they be involved in a car accident. Here is our quick list of the four things you should do right after a car accident. If you neglect one of these things, you may find yourself paying expenses out of pocket or even becoming the target in a personal injury lawsuit. 1. Check to See if Anyone is Hurt If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road and check to see if anyone isRead More →

Did someone exercise undue influence upon the individual by drafting a new will?

Undue influence refers to the allegation that someone other than the deceased manipulated the contents of a will. It is one of the more difficult accusations to prove because one key witness, the deceased, is absent. However, there have been numerous cases where a judge ruled in favor of the allegation. The key is being able to demonstrate undue influence with both circumstantial and direct evidence. What is Undue Influence? Undue influence occurs when someone exercises enough control over the deceased to benefit from the contents of the will in a way that does not reflect the true desires of the deceased. Suspicion usually arisesRead More →

Can I Sue for a Misfilled Prescription?

Few things are more tragic than injuries resulting from medical malpractice. One fairly common form of medical malpractice is a misfilled prescription and/or pharmacy malpractice. Misfilled prescriptions constitute negligence, and those injured as a result of misfilled prescriptions may sue the parties responsible. While doctors and pharmacists may be guilty of negligence in a misfilled prescription case, most misfilled prescription cases result from neglect within the pharmacy. There are numerous regulations that pharmacists are required to uphold and any laziness or neglect in the process can have devastating health consequences for patients. What Constitutes a Misfilled Prescription? An allegation of a misfilled prescription must beRead More →

Did someone exercise undue influence upon the individual by drafting a new will?

Often during the execution of a will there is the discovery of a new will, which may formally change the significant beneficiaries. For example, a new will may significantly decrease an awarded share of the deceased estate and award that portion to another. In such cases, someone may have exercised undue influence upon the individual by drafting a new will. But setting out to prove undue influence is not a hard science. However, understanding a few basic realities about Florida probate court and undue influence will help you with the next steps. 1. Undue Influence is Proven by Circumstantial Evidence. While forensic evidence would notRead More →

how can I collect my Florida Inheritance?

Florida inheritance law exists to protect your inheritance, whether or not you reside in state. In the event of death for a Florida citizen, probate law (also known as estate law) insures that wills are valid and properly carried out. One’s net worth consists of more than bank accounts. For example, if the deceased owned property (or the house they lived in), estate law must make sure that ownership transfers rightfully. The same is true for retirement accounts and other assets. Each probate process can go a little different. Not every Florida resident has a will, and there are the unfortunate cases where the deceasedRead More →

Car accidents are not usually synonymous with court trials—and for good reason. The majority of car accident cases will be settled before a lawsuit even gets filed, so there is no reason to attend a court case. Unfortunately, though, there are many instances where a car accident will lead to a court case and those involved will have to attend a trial. Car accidents that lead to trials often include cases where those involved do not agree on who was at fault, to what extent each was at fault or how much compensation should be awarded. An accident case may also land on a judge’sRead More →

Surviving Spouse Rights

Probate law can get very technical. In short, the surviving spouse is the most protected individual by Florida probate courts. Navigating difficult circumstances surrounding the death of a loved can leave surviving spouses confused and uninformed of their rights. It is important that surviving spouses understand their rights in the state of Florida.   Terms in Probate as They Relate to Surviving Spouse Rights in Florida  Laws pertaining to wills and inheritance can be quite confusing. We take a look at what the most important terms mean here: Probate: Probate law is the field of law where wills, estate and inheritance fall under. Intestacy: WhenRead More →

Avoid driving while texting

For most of us, our daily lives depend on our cars to get us from place to place. Whether we have a long commute each day or have to drive down the street, avoiding a potential accident is a concern for many. No matter how cautious of a driver we try to be, accidents are often inevitable. Without giving up our freedom of driving completely, there are ways to help avoid accidents. When driving, it’s always important to follow these top safety tips. If you consistently do so, you will not only be preventing harm to yourself, but to all other drivers on the roadRead More →

How to avoid child injuries in South Florida

Thousands of accidental injuries to children occur each year in Florida, so it is important that parents understand the risks to their children. There are many steps to take to protect your child. Among the most common major causes of injuries to children are medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, dangers on private property and childcare negligence. Here are some ways to identify and prevent these accidental injuries. Medical Malpractice Medical negligence can be devastating enough when it happens to you. But when it happens to our children, it can be almost too painful to fathom. It is not enough to know your child’s doctor made aRead More →