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Generally, attorneys in personal injury matters receive payment for their services through a contingency fee. “We don’t get paid unless you recover.” The percentage the attorneys receives is not an arbitrary percentage; rather, the Florida Bar, which regulates attorneys, strictly governs a firm’s compensation structure.
In addition to a contingency-based payment, attorneys are likewise entitled to be compensated for any costs associated with the personal injury case. Firms generally advance most all costs so you don’t have any expenses throughout the case as the client. This includes postage, paper, payment for medical records and doctor’s opinions (narratives), as well as advanced costs for filing a lawsuit, depositions and discovery, and experts to name a few.
When retaining a personal injury attorney, your contract (retainer agreement) should specifically lay out the manner in which the attorney will be compensated including percentages and costs. In addition, the Florida Bar requires attorneys in contingency type cases to provide a “Statement of Client Rights” to clients when signing contingency cases.
During your consultation, our office will not only thoroughly explain the nuances of a personal injury matter, but we will also make sure you understand our firm’s compensation structure and will answer any questions you may have concerning a personal injury case. We will always make ourselves available to you throughout the process and will always keep you abreast. The most difficult aspect of a personal injury case is patience, as they can be lengthy, however, we will do everything we can to make the process as smooth as possible.
All too often people are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Whether your injury stems from an auto accident, a slip and fall, dog bite, or even falling ceilings, you may have a claim against the at-fault party. Even if your injury happened while on the job you may have a claim against a third party, that is not the employer or another employee, even if you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Personal Injury and Premises Liability claims generally do not begin with a lawsuit. Our goal at Integrity law is to get you compensation sometimes without litigation. Compensation includes not only payment for past lost wages and for medical expenses incurred, but also for pain and suffering and future expenses.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you should immediately see a physician or you may lose PIP coverage under your own policy.
Every driver in Florida must have PIP insurance in the amount of $10,000.00. Like health insurance PIP insurance will generally pay 80% of your medical bills up to $10,000.00. If at all possible use your PIP insurance in lieu of your medical insurance at the onset of treatment with a physician.
At Integrity Law, we work with many physicians that will take PIP insurance and will also continue to treat you once your $10,000.00 of PIP insurance has been satisfied.
During the course of your treatment we will obtain insurance information from the at-fault party (BI insurance) as well as determine if you have additional insurance under your own policy (UM insurance).
Rest assured that throughout this process we are here every step of the way to answer your questions and concerns.
If you think you might have a claim against another person for injuries you have sustained, please call us for a free case consultation. If we’re your attorneys, there is no fee unless you are compensated for your injuries.
Although we don’t like to face our own mortality, estate planning can help simplify things for your loved ones. Not only that, but it can ensure your wishes are carried out exactly how you’d like them to be.
We’ll make sure your valuable property such as cars, home, investments, and more is put in the right hands. This avoids family disputes and other legal battles from occurring down the road.
An estate plan is comprised of many documents. It not only includes a last will and testament, but may also include a trust, a power of attorney, preneed guardian, healthcare surrogate, and living will. You can also have documents drafted to protect your children, such as a declaration naming preneed guardian for minor children.
All of these documents contain different things and cover different scenarios. A last will and testament will distribute your estate upon your passing. We call this process probate, which is a court process. However sometimes a carefully drafted estate plan may not require anything to be probated through the courts.
A power of attorney is one of the most powerful documents in existence. It delegates someone to act on your behalf (i.e. an attorney in fact) and make decisions for you. These decisions range from banking to medical to educational. This document terminates either upon revocation or upon death of the party.
A healthcare surrogate designates an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so. This individual also has the authority to obtain your medical records.
Next, a living will designates a person, usually a spouse or close family member, to terminate life supporting procedures in the event a doctor determines that you will not regain the ability to live without medical assistance.
Lastly, a pre-need guardian designates a person to be appointed by the court in the event a guardianship needs to be established for you. This document can also declare a guardian for any children you may have.
We, at Integrity Law, are always available to consult with you regarding these estate planning documents as well as the ramifications for not having an estate plan. Call us today for a free consultation. (904) 224-2100. We look forward to serving you.
It is said that an adoption is like grafting a new branch onto a family tree. Every adoption changes history by creating new family relationships. Integrity Law assists with several varieties of adoption in Florida.
Private Adoptions are usually done by consent of one or both birth parents. In this type of adoption, the birth parent(s) selects the person or couple to adopt the child. The selected adoptive parent(s) will need to have a home study conducted to determine their fitness and ability to care for the child. Private adoptions are a two-step process. First the birth parents’ rights to the child are extinguished in one judicial proceeding. Next, the adoptive parent(s) petitions the court to adopt the child. Financial assistance is sometimes provided by the adoptive parent(s) to the birth parent(s).
Stepparent and Relative adoptions follow a different procedure. These adoptions are an expedited process whereby a stepparent or relative within the third degree of relation to the child petitions the court to adopt. It is a one-step process. The birth parents’ rights are extinguished and the adoption is granted in a single judicial proceeding. Also, the requirement for a home study is usually waived. Sometimes the adoption is contested by one or both birth parents and the adoptive parent must prove to the court that the child should be freed for adoption.
Some children become available to adopt after the State of Florida has stepped in to protect the child from abuse, abandonment or neglect. After the child is freed for adoption by the State, anyone may apply to adopt the child. Besides providing a forever home to a child, there are additional benefits that come with adoption through the dependency and foster care system. These benefits may include health insurance for the child, free public college tuition and monthly stipends. The State also covers the cost of filing and attorney’s fees for the adoptive parents.
It is a high honor for us at Integrity Law to assist individuals and couples of all backgrounds and orientations expand their family. If you are a birth mother seeking solutions, or an individual or couple seeking to expand your family, we can help. Call us today at (904) 224-2100 for your free consultation.