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Inheritance & Marital Asset Distribution

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Inheritances are generally granted to individual people – someone’s child, spouse or sibling. However, sometimes they are willed to a couple or group of people. Either way, the issue may arise during divorce proceedings as to whether or not an inheritance qualifies as marital property. It is important to ensure that a person understands… Read More »

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Support for a Disabled Child

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

A parent has a duty to provide for their children. While normally the duty of support stops at the age of 18, this is not the case if your child is disabled. Florida law establishes a duty of support owed by a parent to their child or children, and one of the only situations… Read More »

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What Is The Survivor Benefit Plan?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

One of the advantages to a military life is that certain benefits are generally available to personnel that might not be available to all civilians. One of these is the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), which is an insurance plan for spouses and children of military personnel that will pay out a monthly annuity in… Read More »

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Providing Notice To Creditors For Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When someone passes away, processing their estate can be a confusing undertaking, especially if the estate must go through probate. One of the major steps in the probate process is dealing with the deceased person’s obligations, and Florida law sets out a specific procedure for doing this, beginning with publishing a Notice to Creditors…. Read More »

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Condo Law: What Constitutes A Nuisance?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

While every condominium complex is different, it is a fairly universal truth that anything branded a nuisance will not be tolerated. However, while every complex will have rules about how to handle a nuisance, almost none will specifically define it beyond some variant of branding something a nuisance only after it has already occurred…. Read More »

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Dividing Marital Debts

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

During a Florida divorce, it is not only marital assets that must be divided, but also any marital debts, as debts are considered property for the purposes of asset division. This means that in addition to deciding who receives the marital home or automobile, obligations such as credit card debt must also be apportioned…. Read More »

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Seeking Changes In Child Support

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Just because your divorce decree establishes certain amounts that are to be paid for alimony and child support does not mean that they may never be changed if there is reason to do so. In Florida, it is possible to seek changes to your child support payments if you are able to show that… Read More »

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What Can’t Be In My Prenup?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Because they are extremely adaptable and common in this day and age, some couples wind up thinking that their prenuptial agreement can be a hodgepodge of anything, and it will pass legal muster. The fact is that there are several issues that Florida law does not allow a prenup to resolve – such questions… Read More »

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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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