The suffering of injured Florida workers addressed: The Florida Supreme Court declares part of the o

Finally, Florida injured workers get a much needed break. At long last, the Florida Supreme Court gave us their decision in the case of Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg. Those of us who represent injured workers have seen the hardship imposed on our clients since the Florida Legislature enacted one of the most anti injured worker laws in the country. Among other things, it limited temporary disability benefits (lost wages) to only 104 weeks. So even though the worker was on no work status per the workers' comp doctor or was disabled after the 104 weeks, too bad, temporary monetary benefits ended. Imagine, being unable to work because you got hurt on the job and your benefits get cut o

To affirm or not affirm, that is the question

When someone files bankruptcy, they're required to list all their debts and assets. Debtors who want to keep their home, have a choice: They can reaffirm the debt by signing a Reaffirmation Agreement or they can continue to make monthly payments. In most cases, it is advantageous for a debtor not to reaffirm a mortgage debt and instead, continue to make the mortgage payments, especially if the home is under water and there is no equity in the property. Why? If they reaffirm the debt and then find themselves in a situation where they have to give up the house, they would still have the mortgage debt. They did not discharge that debt in the bankruptcy. So what kind of questions come up

Off they go- Before your kids leave for college- what they must do for your peace of mind.

​You can't believe it. Where did the time go? Your baby is off to college. It's an exciting time and you don't want to think about anything going wrong while they're away. That's why I'm here- to remind you that sadly, for some parents, it has happened They got the call that no parent ever wants to receive at any time, but especially when their child is away at college: The call from the hospital or the police. It is very important to have several documents, including a HIPAA Release, completed before your child leaves for college. Here's what you need to do now, before they leave. Once your child turns 18, you are no longer the legal guardian and you are not entitled to view or obtain

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       Arna D. Cortazzo

Protecting Floridians' Rights for over 30 years.