Representing Lottery Winners….

A few weeks ago I received a call from someone here in Palm Harbor who became a new client. This lucky guy had just won millions of dollars, not from a weekly lottery drawing, but from a Florida scratch off ticket, of all things. Did you know you can win up to $5 million on a Florida Lottery scratch off? “Paul” is a middle-aged single dad who was never a big wage earner and I couldn’t have been happier for him. He was seeking my Read More +

Get a Jump on the New Year – Think Estate Planning Now!

December is a fun month of holidays, family, good cheer and food. This is true right through New Year’s Eve as we celebrate the prospect of wiping the slate clean and starting over with optimism and hope. January 1st is often the beginning of a sobering period of self-reflection for many clients. Reality sets in, the credit card bills start collecting in the mailbox (or e-mail box), we gauge how many pounds were packed on during the holidays and some start thinking of their longer Read More +

A Thanksgiving Wish….

Dear Clients, Friends and Family, I cannot tell you how many people I’ve spoken to this year who have had a challenging (read: difficult) 2013. Maybe it’s because I have as well and people are just commiserating with me. As the year comes to an end I like to think about the past year as challenges met and actually conquered. An Italian race car driver was once seen ripping the rear view mirror off of a rental car saying, “What’s behind me is not important” Read More +

Do I Need Insurance on my Street Worthy Golf Cart?

As we all know golf carts are not just for golf courses anymore.  As people try to conserve gas and move about their communities a little easier, golf carts have become an alternate method of transport. More than just efficient, they’re fun!  My parents had one in their golf community and my friends have one in Safety Harbor for tooting around town. In some communities like the Villages, they’re almost essential. In this self-contained little city in the middle of nowhere, carts are the most Read More + Read More +

Harassing an Internet Scammer

Believe it or not, there are a whole host of internet scammers who specialize in attempting to scam lawyers. This is particularly offensive since lawyers are trained to question, to investigate to research and to search for the truth. These morons think they can pull one over on us? As a group, we’re not feeble minded simpletons ready to believe we just won the Scottish Lottery when told without ever having played it. Flash forward to this past Monday: I received an e-mail inquiry through Read More + Read More +

Lawyers and Attitude

Recently a colleague related a story: A friend of his asked him to refer him to “the meanest, most aggressive attorney” he knew. He really wanted his lawyer to “rip to shreds” the other party to the dispute. The result? The friend and his lawyer argued all the time and he fired the “aggressive jerk”. This is a case of be careful what you wish for. Now the client is out a good amount of money after giving him a non-refundable retainer and must start Read More + Read More +