ShuffieldLowman partner, Stephanie Cook, explains some common signs of elder abuse or exploitation. Signs can include a change in their behavior, someone overexerting themselves into their lives, bank accounts are being closed or moved, or if they become increasingly isolated. If you see the signs of elder abuse or exploitation, call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or contact an elder law attorney to let you know what your options are in the legal system to protect your loved one.

When an elderly person seems to be declining or is being subject to elder exploitation, filing for guardianship is something you may want to consider. Guardianship should be filed in situations where no advance directives, such as a durable power of attorney, are in place, or where those directives have been revoked or are not working. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Stephanie Cook, explains signs of cognitive decline in elders and when you should obtain an attorney to help you file for guardianship.

Many litigation cases are referred to mediation by either the court or one of the parties. Mediation is intended to be a neutral process in which a third party can step in and resolve issues, hopefully avoiding the need to go to court. The mediator facilitates communication and expresses the goals of each party in order to create an amicable solution. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Loren Vasquez, explains how a mediator, along with our attorneys, can help bring your dispute to a settlement agreement without needing a trial.

If your civil litigation case ends in an unfavorable outcome, we can assist you in the next phase of litigation. In the case of an error on the trial level, we can help you file an appeal in hopes of the appellate court overturning the decision. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Loren Vasquez, explains the steps of the Florida appeal process.

Most people do not consider the importance of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements in their estate planning process. Without these documents, spouses run the risk of having a court decide how their assets are divided in the event of divorce or death. ShuffieldLowman can help couples put these documents in place, giving them the ability to control their own assets and secure their financial future together. Watch as estate planning attorney, Paige Hammond Wolpert, explains the value of pre and postnuptial agreements for your estate plan.

During the probate process, a personal representative is tasked with gathering and distributing assets in accordance with the decedent’s wishes. A qualified attorney can assist this representative in filing petition with the probate court and obtaining letters of administration in order to access the decedent’s accounts and assets. Watch as ShuffieldLowman probate attorney, Paige Hammond Wolpert, explains the steps of becoming a personal representative for probate in Florida.


ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Briana M. Whalin has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s guardianship and elder law section.  Whalin’s practice includes assisting clients with Medicaid planning, long term planning and asset protection.

Whalin graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.A. in history and political science, then earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she participated in a five-month clinic focused on elder law studies.  In law school she served as the director of the Wake Forest School of Law Wills Project, where she worked to revitalize the program and exponentially increase its reach.  She also volunteered with the Wake Forest School of Law Health Care Advocacy program, helping those in need by obtaining medical benefits and drafting legal documents such as living wills.  Her volunteerism in these areas led to her being awarded the Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award and her induction into the Wake Forest Pro Bono Honor Society.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation. Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.

 


ORLANDO, FLORIDA – ShuffieldLowman recently announced that attorney Cooper Powell has joined the firm, working in the Orlando office’s estate planning and probate section.  Cooper’s prior experience includes legal research, work in municipal law, real estate, insurance defense and estate planning.

Cooper attended Lindenwood University-Belleville where he earned his B.A. in criminal justice, graduating cum laude.  He went on to earn his J.D., cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL.  In law school, Cooper’s team claimed a regional championship in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition and champion of the SIU Intramural Moot Court Competition. Currently, Cooper is an active volunteer with the Orlando Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

ShuffieldLowman’s five offices are located in Orlando, Tavares, DeLand and Port Orange. The firm is a 40 attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate and litigation. Specific areas include, tax law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, planning for families with closely held businesses, guardianship and elder law, tax controversy – Federal and State, non-profit organization law, banking and finance, land use and government law, commercial and civil litigation, fiduciary litigation, construction law, association law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, labor and employment, and mediation.