FLORIDA BUSINESS LAW: I prefer Florida Breach of Contract cases and Florida non-compete agreement cases. Most non-compete cases involve Florida Non-Solicitation Agreements. Many of these agreements can be negotiated to find a workable solution for the employee and employer. Often the main contention is the validity of the Florida restrictive covenant. We help our clients resolve issues in a timely and cost effective method.
FLORIDA ELDER LAW: I work with individuals to do effective Florida Medicaid Planning. This process involved using Medicaid Asset Test and Medicaid Income Test. We often use tools like the Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed and Qualified Income trusts or Miller trusts to resolve compliance issues and avoid Probate and potential Medicaid claims. We help our Elder law clients obtain benefits and preserve their assets for their spouse and family.
FLORIDA ESTATE PLANNING: I prepare estate planning documents for individuals with modest to large estates. I find each family has its own unique dynamics and like to help families achieve their goals through proper planning. A Florida Estate Plan should include Durable Power of Attorney, a Combination Living Will, Designation of Healthcare Surrogate, & HIPAA release, a Florida Will or Florida Pourover will. In addition may individual but not all can benefit from a Florida Revocable Trust or Florida Living Trust. As the net worth of the families or individuals increases we use specialized tools to reduce or eliminate probate fees, and estate taxes. I like to approach Estate Planning with an eye towards Asset Protection. In larger plans we often separate liabilities and block them in to a business entity so they cannot attach to other assets. This helps preserve and limit liability in the case of unexpected circumstances.
Appointment of a Florida Guardian which can involve incapacity proceedings to determine if a Florida Limited Guardianship or Florida Plenary Guardianship is required. The difference between the types of Florida Guardianships is based around the restrictions on the rights of the ward.
FLORIDA PROBATE: I handle Florida probate cases throughout Florida and I expedite the process when permitted by law. Often we can do an abbreviated probate process called a Florida Summary Administration Our costs are very reasonable and usually less than the statutory fees set by Florida's probate code.
FLORIDA GUN TRUSTS / NFA TRUST CLASS 3: we work with individuals who wish to purchase items regulated by the NRA. These Class 3 weapons are legal to own in most states. We help clients streamline the purchasing process and through the use of a NRA Gun Trust we can help protect the owners and their families from the potential civil and criminal liability that attaches to the improper possession or transfer of these items.
Apple Law Firm PLLC helps families in Jacksonville Estate Planning, Jacksonville Elder law, Jacksonville Business Formation, Florida Asset Protection, Florida Trust Litigation, Florida Probate Contests and Litigation, Florida Probate law, Jacksonville Probate law, Florida Guardianships, and Jacksonville Criminal Defense.
In addition the Apple Law Firm PLLC publishes the
Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog ,
Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog , and
NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog
I have worked with complex estate planning situations involving assets in excess of 10 Million dollars which utilize a variety of techniques to provide heirs and beneficiaries with substantial wealth and minimize estate taxes.
Additionally, I have experience in the formation or conversion of business entities to maximize asset protection available to clients.
I have also represented individuals and companies in issues surrounding alleged violations of non-compete agreement violations.
Most areas of practice have a free initial consultation. Non-compete and some business litigation issues have a $100 initial consultation for the first 30 minutes.
I find that when possible, my clients tend to like fixed price services. As long as everyone is honest and there are no substantial surprises, everyone is happy. Many situations involving litigation must be done on an hourly basis because of the large variations on services that can be preformed.
$200 - $250 depending on the work.
WillMaker Document Review:
For reviewing both wills and living trusts I charge $99.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7 days a week by iPhone.
Office Manager/Assistant: Beth Goldman/Jennifer Wheat
I have a strong business background, love helping people build successful enterprises, and made business and personal decisions with an eye toward asset protection and preserving wealth. I guess I was involved in this area of the law for 20 years before going to law school.
I believe that an educated client can avoid many legal disputes by communicating effectively with the adverse party prior to the commencement of litigation.
I often review client prepared documents and make suggestions to clear up or deal with situations that have not been considered.
I often talk with clients pre-litigation to help them increase the effectiveness of their communications and avoid long-term disputes and litigation. Once an impasse has been reached, clients need to hire a professional to represent their interests.
I love spending time with my family, traveling, water skiing, boating. I enjoy and utilize technology on a daily basis. I spend time with local businesses helping them build more efficient and profitable businesses.
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