Do I need a lawyer if I won the Florida Lottery?

Q: Do I need a lawyer if I won the Florida Lottery? A: Hiring an attorney if you win the lottery is not a requirement. For those who are handling larger amounts of money, you may not need an attorney, but it’d always be a good idea in that case to consult with a wealth care manager or an investment advisor. For those who’ve won a large amount of money, consulting with an attorney and hiring an attorney is almost essential. He or she can Read More +

Can I Split My Florida Lottery Winnings With My Family?

Q: Can I Split My Florida Lottery Winnings With My Family Where Do I Claim My Florida Lottery Prize? A: For those who win over a certain amount, you’ve got to go to the Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, and can you split your prize with your family? Yes, you can. However, the Florida Lottery Headquarter Office will only wire that amount that you want to one bank account. Any split to any family member would be on you, and whatever wealth care manager or investment Read More +

Can Florida Lottery Winners Remain Anonymous?

No. By Florida statute, the Florida lottery office will release certain information about you, mainly your name, your city, how much you won, what lottery device you were playing whether it was mega millions or scratch off or whatever else, and the amount that you won. Picture credit: alphaspirit / 123RF Stock Photo    

Representing Lottery Winners

Very few lawyers can say they’ve represented someone who won almost half a billion dollars – $451,000,000 in a Mega Millions Jackpot, to be specific.  I have.  Having represented lottery winners in the past, I know a big win is exhilarating, thrilling and life-changing, yet these emotions can sometime include a significant source of anxiety. What do I do next? Should I call someone? Is there a protocol I should follow? Is my safety at risk? What do I do with this much money? In Read More +