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The Problem With Holographic Wills

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a person decides to write their own will, usually in their own handwriting, it is referred to as a holographic will. Sometimes, this is the best option for them, especially if they have few assets and few heirs. However, even if a holographic will might be a good option for someone, it is… Read More »

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Common Concerns in Dividing Military Retirement Pay

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When military couples decide to divorce, one of the issues most often hotly debated is the question of military retired pay and how it can be divided. While some questions are easily decided, there are other concerns that may appear that can throw a proverbial wrench in the works. It makes a difference if… Read More »

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Probate and Stepfamilies

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Many people find happy lives in blended families. However, because blended families can gel so well, many forget that unless expressly provided for, stepchildren and others considered full family members do not actually inherit under Florida law. If you want to ensure that your stepchildren or other blended family members inherit after your passing,… Read More »

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What Is Condo Arbitration?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

One might imagine that when you have a dispute with your condo board, you might simply bring suit against them in civil court, as you would against a neighbor if you owned houses next door to each other. However, Florida law sometimes forces condo owners and associations to handle things differently; namely, within a… Read More »

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Prenuptial Agreements & Second Marriages

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

The United States is aging, and in many respects, Florida is leading the charge. The state is thought to have the highest percentage of residents over 65, and has one of the top median ages in the country. However, just because someone is no longer the youngest of the young does not mean they… Read More »

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Imputed Income and Child Support in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a couple divorces in Florida, their finances understandably become a primary question during proceedings. This is perhaps most important when discussing the issue of child support, as it is the child, not the custodial parent, that has a right to support, and so the court places a high premium on ensuring it can… Read More »

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Where To File Your Florida Military Divorce

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When in the military, filing for divorce takes on new dimensions that civilians need not contend with, not least of all the time and place where one must file the action. In Florida, the place in particular can be important for a variety of reasons. Active duty military personnel are constantly on the move… Read More »

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The Role of a Personal Representative In Probate Proceedings

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a person passes away, and they leave a will behind, there is a specific process that the state wants their heirs to follow in terms of liquidating the estate. With very rare exceptions, every person passes away with at least some assets to their name – items such as automobiles, land, and smaller… Read More »

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Emotional Support & Service Animals In Condos

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

People of all walks of life have service animals and emotional support animals that improve their quality of life significantly. However, it is not uncommon for landlords and business owners to either misunderstand or ignore the law surrounding the right to own these animals, and condo boards are no exception to the general ignorance… Read More »

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From Community Property To Equitable Distribution: What Changes?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

It is a fact of life that sometimes, employment or family considerations necessitate moving, often from state to state. Doing so is rarely easy, as it can be a bit of a culture shock even moving a mere handful of miles, and a move is doubly hard if it comes coupled with marital problems…. Read More »

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