How the Florida Probate Process Works

Florida Probate ProcessLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult things that anyone has to go through. Aside from having to heal emotionally, families must also deal with distributing the assets of the person who has passed away (the “Decedent”). If the Decedent did not create a proper estate plan, the assets will become part of the Decedent’s estate, and a court will need to become involved to distribute the Decedent’s assets to the Decedent’s beneficiaries, i.e. probate.  This article discusses how the Florida probate process works for testate and intestate estates. Continue reading

Ten Asset Protection Strategies Every Florida Resident Should Consider

Asset protectionWe live in a litigious society where anyone’s assets are at risk. Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professionals face the risk of having to defend themselves against potential malpractice claims. Defamation claims are on the rise now that people are freely posting statements on the internet. Corporate officers and directors also face the risk of being held personally liable for poor decisions that cause a company to have losses. This being said, there are several asset protection strategies that you should consider. In doing so, it is important to speak to your attorney, accountant, and/or financial advisor to ensure that these strategies compliment your long-term objectives. It is also important not to use these strategies in an effort to defraud a creditor. Continue reading

Alexandra Sierra-De Varona Selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star

Alexandra Sierra-De Varona named as a 2013 Rising Star by Super Lawyers

De Varona Law is proud to announce that Alexandra Sierra-De Varona has been named as a Rising Star for Commercial Litigation by Super Lawyers.  In order to be named as a Rising Star, Super Lawyers accepts peer nominations and evaluations. These nominations are combined with third party research. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Florida Small Claims Court

Small Claims CourtThere are several important things that you should know about Florida  small claims court.   First, in order to qualify as a small claim, the money sought needs to be $5,000 or less.  Second, the claim needs to be filed  in the County where the incident/transaction occurred, or where the Defendant resides. Small Claims Court can provide a quick way to resolve a dispute. Continue reading

What Are Defamation, Slander and Libel?

defamatory statementDefamation is a false statement, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s or business’ reputation.  Slander is the speaking of defamatory words that tend to hurt another in his reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood.  Libel is defined as written defamatory words that tend to hurt another’s reputation, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood. Thus, the difference between libel and slander is whether the words are written or spoken. Continue reading