Online Legal Resources – Estate Planning, Family Law & Bankruptcy
Here is a list of online resources to reference when you have basic questions about Florida law and legal processes. To address your specific concerns, please contact Paul Riffel, Attorney at Law, to schedule a consultation. The first consultation for probate and bankruptcy matters is free.
Florida State Courts – http://www.flcourts.org/ – Here you will find information about the Florida state court system, including rules of court, forms, and legal opinions.
The Florida Bar – http://www.floridabar.org/ – The Florida Bar website provides information for the public as well as legal professionals, including a lawyer referral service and consumer pamphlets and tips.
- Do You Have a Will? – This Florida Bar pamphlet explains what can be accomplished with a will, what happens if there is no will, who should prepare a will, and more.
- The Revocable Trust in Florida – This pamphlet defines revocable trusts and explains how they work, including what assets may be held in trust, how a trust may avoid probate, and how taxes are affected by a revocable trust.
- Florida Power of Attorney – This pamphlet explains the role of a power of attorney in relation to financial management, legal instruments, and health care.
- What Is Guardianship? – This Florida Bar pamphlet provides information about obtaining a guardianship, including who may serve as a guardian and determining incapacity.
- Probate in Florida – This Florida Bar pamphlet provides information about the probate process, including who is involved and how long probate takes.
- Adoption in Florida – This Florida Bar pamphlet provides information about adopting a child in Florida, including definitions, procedures, and help for adoptive parents.
- Divorce in Florida – This pamphlet helps spouses considering divorce become familiar with the issues that must be resolved to end a marriage, including property division, alimony, responsibility for children, and child support.
- Parenting and Divorce – This Florida Bar pamphlet helps parents work through the issues that affect children during and after divorce, such as adjusting to living separately and sharing time between the parents.
United States Bankruptcy Courts – http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/bankruptcy – The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts website provides a significant amount of information for consumers, including specific information on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, as well as the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
American Bankruptcy Institute – http://www.abi.org/ – The American Bankruptcy Institute provides information about the bankruptcy process for consumers, including a bankruptcy checklist and guidance on whether or not to file for bankruptcy.