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Blog Posts in 2018

  • Ein Prosit! How to Enjoy Miami’s October Beer Festivals Without Risking a DUI.

    October is just around the corner, which means beer festivals are close. The world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival is a major German cultural tradition that has been celebrated in Munich, Germany since 1810. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated around the world, inspiring other cities to host their own beer festivals all throughout the entire month of October. Grovetoberfest is the largest beer ...
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  • What Happens with Your Student Loan Debt in a Divorce?

    Today, the financial burden of obtaining an undergraduate education is too much for most students and their families. It is next to impossible to find a college student who doesn’t utilize some financial assistance to pay for tuition or living expenses, such as a major scholarship or significant student loan. It is therefore no surprise that 13% of divorced couples revealed that student loans were ...
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  • Shoplifting in Florida: Do I Need a Lawyer?

    Whether you saw something you couldn’t afford and were tempted to take it or your friends dared you to steal, shoplifting is considered a serious criminal offense. If you get caught shoplifting in Florida, you could be charged with retail theft. Charges for retail theft can range from a misdemeanor (petit theft) to a felony (grand theft). Those charges are determined by several factors, such as ...
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  • 5 Benefits of a Postnuptial Agreement

    Similar to a prenuptial agreement , a postnuptial agreement also outlines a couple’s desires related to property division , alimony , child support , child custody , and visitation in the event of a divorce . However, these types of agreements are filed after a couple has been married. Although everyone can benefit from a postnuptial agreement, there are certain individuals who might need one for ...
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  • How to Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Claim

    Being injured on someone else’s property can be stressful and scary. Whether you were shopping at a grocery store or visiting a friend’s house, you have the right to pursue compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Property owners, landlords, easement holders, tenants, and others responsible for maintaining a property could be held liable for your injuries. Our firm has helped hundreds of ...
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  • Swimming Pool Safety – What You Need to Know

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Accidental drownings cause more than 3,500 fatalities each year in the United States, and non-fatal drowning accidents can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disembowelment, spinal cord trauma, brain ...
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  • How to Avoid a Grill Fire This Summer

    Summer is a great time to have backyard barbecues with friends and family. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grill fires are responsible for more than 7,000 injuries each year in the United States. Our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to avoid a grill fire while barbecuing this summer. In order to stay safe while grilling, you need to: Keep ...
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  • What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Florida?

    The statute of limitations is designed to protect defendants from the threat of a lawsuit for years or decades after an incident. Plaintiffs must file personal injury lawsuits within the required time frame, which varies from state to state. In Florida, the statute of limitations is set forth in the Florida Statutes 95.11. Our firm stays up to date on federal and state laws, and will help you file ...
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  • What Steps Do I Need to Take After a Car Accident?

    Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and emotionally traumatic experience. Many people are unsure of what to do next, and our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to protect your personal injury claim. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to stay calm and to do the following: Check for injuries. The first thing to do after an accident is to check ...
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  • What Are the 3 Types of Divorce in Florida?

    In the state of Florida, there are 3 types of divorce that you may be eligible for. In order to file for divorce in Florida, you and your spouse must be legally married, at least one of you must have lived in the state for a minimum of 6 months, and the marriage must be irretrievably broken. If you are seeking a divorce, our attorneys will help determine which type of divorce you may be able to ...
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  • Types of Distracted Driving

    Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents each year in the U.S. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that distracted driving caused more than 3,400 deaths in 2016 alone. The problem is so serious that the National Safety Council has declared the month of April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Law enforcement and safety advocates are ...
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  • What Compensation Can I Receive for a Severe Burn Injury?

    Severe burn injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Victims may have to adjust to a decreased quality of life, and may face long-term medical treatment and therapy. Our firm is passionate about guiding clients through the Florida legal system. We will help you pursue justice from those responsible. Understanding the Types of Burn Injuries ...
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  • Why Not to Post About Your Injury on Social Media

    The shock of an accident or injury can leave you speechless. In other instances, it can leave you wanting to vent, and one of the most convenient ways to do so is to turn to your social media accounts. However, despite how opportune it may be to tell your friends and family about what you have endured by sending out a Tweet or updating your Facebook status about your injury or accident, our Miami ...
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  • How Can I Get an Annulment in Florida?

    Many marriages fail and result in divorce , while others are simply not valid in the eyes of the law. When this happens, an annulment must take place as opposed to a divorce. An annulment erases the marriage from existence entirely, while a divorce indicates a legal marriage once took place but is no longer current. While you may feel as though you wish to entirely eradicate your previous marital ...
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  • DUIs in Florida: Everything You Need to Know & More

    In an effort to help you obtain as much information needed as possible, our Miami criminal defense lawyers have compiled a list of questions that are most commonly asked about DUI charges in Florida. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, contact us and request a free consultation with Mitchell & West immediately. Question: When can I get charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ...
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