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Penalties for a DUI in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Under Florida law, “driving under the influence” of alcohol or other chemical or controlled substances is a criminal offense. It is evidenced by the individual’s impairment of normal faculties or by the presence of alcohol in breath or blood higher than legally permitted. DUIs receive fines of varying amounts. The court also may also… Read More »

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What Happens with My Assets Once I Die?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

What is an estate? In general terms, estate is defined as the assets of a deceased individual (decedent). Probate is the legal procedure by which ownership of the assets of a deceased individual is transferred to his or her heirs. It is a court supervised process that identifies and gathers the assets of a… Read More »

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Who gets what in a divorce?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Once a couple decides to dissolve their marriage or one of the parties is considering filing for divorce, many questions come to mind. Financial stability following the divorce is always in the mind of the parties. The way in which the assets and debts will be split between the parties is a frequent question… Read More »

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Divorce in Times of COVID-19

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The lockdown orders put in place across the United States and the world have caused couples and families to spend more time at home than usual. This can undoubtedly create tensions. In fact, divorce rates are expected to increase during this period. Florida courts have put in place special measures to ensure that certain… Read More »

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Who guards Florida professional guardians?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

What is a professional guardian? The Florida Statutes define a guardian as “a person who has been appointed by the court to act on behalf of a ward’s person or property, or both.” A Ward is “a person for whom a guardian has been appointed.” Guardians can be appointed as “limited” or “plenary.” A… Read More »

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Divorcing With A Special Needs Child

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorces are challenging under any circumstances. However, if two parents are facing a divorce and have a special needs child, their concerns are greater regarding the emotional and financial protection of their child. The complexity involved in caring for a special needs child can compound an already difficult situation. Children with special needs oftentimes… Read More »

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Alimony in Florida: How Much and for How Long?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

What constitutes alimony? Alimony is the term used to describe payments that a spouse makes to their former partner following the dissolution of a marriage. Under Chapter 61 Section 8 of the Florida Statutes, and in relation with a divorce proceeding, a court may order alimony payments to be made in lump sums or… Read More »

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When is an Arrest not an Arrest?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

It turns out that an arrest might not be an arrest unless an officer’s intention to arrest is actually communicated.  In an April 2020 decision (Florida v. Cheeks, 2020) by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, criminal charges against Leronce Cheeks were brought back after being dismissed earlier by the trial court. Mr…. Read More »

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Changes in Circumstances Matter for Alimony Modification

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Even after a court enters a final dissolution judgment in a divorce case, and the obligated party makes payments for years, the alimony obligation can be modified when circumstances warrant.  As made clear in an appeal decision (Nangle v. Nangle, 2019) by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, a court has to take… Read More »

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Presenting Yourself in Court as a Defendant

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

First impressions matter. Presentation counts. Books are judged by their covers. As a criminal defendant in the court system, you will be judged as well by your presentation and how you appear. While this may not seem fair or equitable, it is the truth. Wrong impressions by defendants towards juries can change lives. If… Read More »

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