Free Download: A Valid Florida Living Will

Death is never an easy subject to tackle. Some ignore the subject matter completely until it is too late to work pro-actively, leaving a spouse or family to react to a mess. Often this results in the need to retain lawyers and experts in order to determine the final wishes of the incapacitated person in question. Case-in-point:  You may recall the tragic case of Terri Schiavo in Florida who fell, hit her head and was left in a (near) vegetative state for more than a Read More +

The Enduring Legacy of John Durney, “Mr. New Port Richey”

One of the great characters I’ve met in my life was a larger-than-life man named John Durney. I first met Mr. Durney when I was just beginning my avocation as a docent at the Salvador Dali Museum in the 1990s. Mr. Durney, tall and thin, was the ultimate Dali aficionado. I believe he was a graduate of the first class of docents of the new Museum in 1983 and his tours were truly something else. John gave his tours adorned with a long, trimmed, waxed Read More +

Some Misconceptions About DUIs

Most people associate DUIs with alcohol intoxication only. Not completely. Driving under the influence means under the influence of a number of different “intoxicants”. Alcohol is one, but not nearly the only one. Some of you may have read that a number of people have been arrested for DUI in the middle of the night while they’re operating their car under the influence of……Ambien. A sleeping pill. Did they mean to get behind the wheel while sleepwalking and cause mayhem on the road? Of course Read More +

The Affordable Care Act and Why The Check is in the Mail

I don’t mean to get political on a blog to promote my website and my legal services. Politics can be very divisive and the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. However, after representing scores and scores of clients over the years who have no health insurance and seeing the adverse results of this – the inability to get the back surgery he so needs to continue working, the client whose “primary care” is only ever going to the emergency room when she’s Read More +

I’ve Just Been In A Car Accident. What Should I Do?

As a personal injury attorney, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten calls from friends, relatives or clients who were just in a car crash, they’re calling me from their cell phone and have no idea what to do. Ouch, I’m hurt. What do I do? First, let common sense rule: If you’re hurt, immediately call 911 and don’t worry about anything else. Stay in your car and wait for the ambulance. Then maybe call a loved one to advise your family of Read More +

Patient Privacy Laws (HIPAA), Social Media and the Law

Many of you have heard of the patient privacy law, called HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Acountability Act). It’s been around since 1996 and it’s something that we personal injury lawyers face every day in our practice. While it is a far reaching act, the way that you are most familiar with it is the aspect of the law that attempts to ensure your privacy as a health care patient, sometimes to absurd lengths. It is why at a pharmacy they sometimes separate the “drop Read More +