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Why Do I Need A Probate Attorney?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If you have had a recent death among your loved ones, you may be feeling overwhelmed with not only saying goodbye, but also with all the legal ramifications surrounding the disposal of their property, especially if they did not leave a will or other estate plan. In Florida, the large majority of estates go… Read More »

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Divorcing While Deployed

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Being deployed is something that a soldier both expects and dreads. However, it can sometimes bring not only professional, but personal changes. It is less unusual than one might think to try and obtain a divorce while your military spouse is deployed – it may not be concluded until their tour of duty is… Read More »

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Who Can Run For Condo or HOA Board?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

While condo boards and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are fairly low-key organizations in most respects, one area where regulations become quite strict is in the issue of board elections. The board has enormous power to make decisions that affect not only owners, but everyone who lives in the condominiums or the association, and even those… Read More »

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Property Classification & Distribution in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When two people get married, they both bring property into the marriage, but the bulk of a couple’s assets are acquired either in anticipation of the marriage or during it. As such, most couples will have both marital and separate property between them. It is important to classify assets appropriately, because only marital property… Read More »

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Sperm Donors and Child Support Claims

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Many couples in the United States are unable to have children of their own, for a variety of reasons. Depending on the specific situation of the couple, some use a gestational surrogate, where another woman carries a child that shares genetic material with the couple, and then surrenders parental rights. Others use sperm donors… Read More »

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The Role Of Prenuptial Agreements In Distributing Marital Property

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

While prenuptial agreements or ‘prenups’ are becoming more common nowadays, their earliest adopters were the couples who boasted significant wealth between them. Wealthy couples tend to plan more than those who have fewer assets, simply because ensuring both spouses receive a fair share while retaining specific, sentimentally valuable items can be quite complex. However,… Read More »

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After An Honorable Discharge

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Most members of the United States armed services are not career military, and as such, will seek or receive discharge at the conclusion of their tour. Some divorced servicemembers, depending on their circumstances, may seek an honorable discharge when the time is right so that they can spend more time with their children. If… Read More »

Wills

When A Will Is Challenged

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

For better or worse, it is not uncommon to have a last will and testament challenged in Florida courts. The criteria for a will to be valid in Florida are straightforward, but strict, and it does happen that a beneficiary will file to challenge the document, whether in good faith or bad. If you… Read More »

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Condo Disputes & Arbitration

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

A significant portion of Floridians live in condominiums in this day and age. What many of them are unaware of is that if they have problems with the board, there may be a provision in their lease or purchase agreement that requires they submit to non-binding arbitration. While this provision does not apply to… Read More »

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Military Retired Pay vs. Military Disability Pay

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a military service member is involved in a divorce, the main issue over which disputes arise is the issue of what portion of the service member’s pension should be earmarked for their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Even with those who have served for 20 years and are familiar with the retirement pay system, however, can… Read More »

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