What are Some Signs of Elder Abuse or Exploitation?

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 Should I File for a Guardianship?

 

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where no advance directives, such as a durable power of attorney, are in place, or where those directives have been revoked or are not working.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.

Is a Mediation Right for Your Florida Fiduciary Litigation Dispute?

 

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.

Navigating the Florida Appeal Process

 

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.

The Importance of Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements for Your Estate Plan

 

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.