Entries by Jeff Coleman

I Was Hit by a Car While Crossing the Street, but I Wasn’t in a Crosswalk

Were you recently hit by a car while crossing a street, but you weren’t currently in a crosswalk? You may believe that you could be at fault. However, drivers are responsible for looking out for pedestrians. Speak with your Clearwater personal injury attorney about how the driver may be liable. Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney For more […]

Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Discusses the Three Stages of a Personal Injury Case

Most personal injury cases have three essential stages: investigation, negotiation, and litigation. Usually, these stages can overlap, and most cases are resolved without litigation. The following is what you can expect from your Clearwater personal injury attorney at each stage of the process. Contact Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney For more information about the stages of your case, contact our […]

What Happens after You File an Insurance Claim

If you’ve been in an accident and sent in an insurance claim, you may want to know the next step after you claim is filed. The following is an overview of the common steps insurance companies will take following a claim. Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney For more information on the process of your insurance claim, […]

The Basics of Estate Planning Clearwater Documents

While estate planning may seem a daunting task, understanding your estate planning Clearwater documents typically involved can take a lot of the mystery out of it. Health Care Directive One of the most important documents in your estate plan is your Advanced Health Care Directive. This document allows you to nominate agents to make health […]

When to Consider Estate Planning

Proper estate planning can ensure that your wishes are observed, and you and your loved ones are protected. Health Care Decisions Explained By a Clearwater Estate Law Attorney Have you considered who will assist you in the event you cannot make health care decisions yourself? What if you are in an accident and cannot be […]

Orlando Man Arrested in $2 Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced on January 14, 2015 that they had arrested Gus Papathanasopoulos, owner of Neofat Industries, Inc., a/k/a Microlipid Technologies.  Mr. Papathanasopoulos was arrested on one count of securities fraud, 18 counts of selling unregistered securities and 18 counts of selling securities as an unregistered agent. Mr. Papathanasopoulos solicited more […]

NEW INVESTMENT PRODUCTS IN CLASSIC SCHEMES

Just before the holidays, the State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued a Press Release describing what they believe are the new products in classic schemes identified as top emerging threats for investors in 2015. According to OFR Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear, “we are seeing classic investor threats morph into new or altered dangers, […]

FINRA has issued a new INVESTOR ALERT!

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with mutual fund terms like: Small Cap Funds Large Cap Funds Index Funds Bond Funds Most mutual funds contain the name of the investment company that is managing the fund (Franklin Templeton, Fidelity, Vanguard, for example only and NOT recommendation) with a description of the fund’s investment […]

Estate Planning Gives You Peace of Mind

Estate planning is not simply an exercise for the elderly, but a prudent step for any adult. It is a valuable gift you can leave your family, which, with your proper planning, will be spared the expense and distress often associated with administering an intestate estate.   Will This is the most basic document in […]

Information Your Estate Planning Attorney Needs

When you meet with Tampa FL estate planning lawyers, you may be asked to provide information regarding yourself and your estate needs. Here is a brief list that Tampa FL estate planning attorneys may request of you. Background Information Be prepared to provide information that can help identify you, including your name, address and date […]

Five Challenges Firms Should Address Highlighted in 10th Anniversary Letter

FINRA Releases (January 6, 2015) Regulatory A EXAM PRIORITIES LETTER Five Challenges Firms Should Address Highlighted in 10th Anniversary Letter Richard G. Ketchum, FINRA’s Chairman and CEO admitted that in the decade since publishing the first exam priorities letter, there have been tremendous changes in broker-dealer operations, the markets and the regulatory landscape. Mr. Ketchum […]

Types of Marital Deduction Trusts

Federal tax law includes a provision for a marital tax deduction. This deduction may be used by a surviving spouse to receive gifts or bequests from their deceased spouse without the imposition of the estate tax. However, when the property in the estate transfers to subsequent beneficiaries, typically the couple’s children, upon the death of […]

Financial Accounts That Avoid Probate

As part of your estate plan, your Tampa FL estate planning lawyer may recommend a variety of financial accounts that are designed to avoid the probate process. Additionally, these accounts can help get much needed funds in the hands of the beneficiary whom you designate. Joint Tenants with Right of Survivorship Your Tampa FL estate […]

FAQ Spine and Soft Tissue Injuries

If your Personal Injury claim includes soft-tissue or spinal injuries, you may find that it is difficult to understand some of the more technical terminology. This video is designed to facilitate discussion of such difficult terms and includes frequently asked questions about the spine and common injuries. You may find this video helpful in your […]

Avoiding Estate Taxes

Due to the fact that estate laws change so frequently, it can be difficult for Clearwater estate planning attorneys to devise an effective estate plan that minimizes the amount of taxes that an estate may be subjected to. In recent history, only those estates that have high values are subject to the federal estate tax. […]

Estate Plan Considerations

While your Dunedin estate planning attorney can explain that the foundation of any estate plan is to provide a plan for how your property is distributed at your death, he or she can explain that estate plans involve many more principles than this. A Dunedin estate planning lawyer can help you devise a plan in […]

Legal Requirements for Trusts

If you are interested in creating a trust as part of your estate plan, a Belleair estate planning attorney can discuss the legal formalities that must be executed with trusts. Additionally, your Belleair estate planning attorney can explain that these formalities are the same as those required by individuals who make a valid will. Writing One basic […]

Health Care Advanced Directives

While much of estate planning involves the distribution of certain assets, a Dunedin estate planning attorney can discuss the importance of healthcare documents. These documents can have a significant impact on your future and well-being. General Information on Advanced Directives Your Dunedin estate planning attorney can explain that an advanced directive is a statement that […]

Probate Advantages and Disadvantages

While you may have heard many individuals talk about the hideous probate process and the desperate need to avoid them, your Largo estate planning attorney can explain the advantages as well as disadvantages of the probate process. Being more informed on this topic can help you construct a more effective estate plan with your Largo […]

Is it worth it to file an action in FINRA if you’ve been wronged?

In April of 2014, FINRA Dispute Resolution published their Dispute Resolution Statistics detailing things such as how many cases have been filed through April of 2014, the number of cases closed, the turnaround time for cases to go through the system, mediation statistics, yearly volume comparison of cases filed,  arbitration cases by controversy involved, security […]

Information to Provide to Your Estate Planning Attorney

Your Largo estate lawyer requires a lot of information in order to help you establish an effective estate plan. This information helps your Largo estate attorney to better understand your financial situation and goals. Your lawyer may ask you to complete a questionnaire or to bring a variety of documents with you when you first […]

Did you purchase Bitcoins (virtual currency)? You need to read this.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Erik T. Voorhees, a co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites, for publicly offering shares in two ventures (SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds) without registering them. Investors paid for their shares using Bitcoin, a virtual currency that can be used to purchase real world goods and services and exchanged for fiat currencies on […]

Durable Power of Attorney Designations

A durable power of attorney may be one document that your Safety Harbor estate lawyer recommends as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Your Safety Harbor estate attorney can explain the dynamics of this legal designation. General Guidelines Your Safety Harbor estate lawyer can explain that a durable power of attorney gives you, the principal, […]

An Overview of Estate Planning  

Some people entertain the mistaken belief that estate planning is only for the elderly. However, it is especially necessary for anyone with minor children, assets to protect and anyone who wants to prepare for the future. Your estate plan helps you clearly communicate your wishes in writing through legal documents, including a will, a trust, […]

Probate and Non-probate Assets

One of the important aspects of developing an estate plan is using non-probate assets. Your Dunedin estate attorney can explain the key differences between probate and non-probate assets. Probate Assets Your Dunedin estate attorney may tell you that probate assets are those that are typically subject to probate. They may include assets that are listed in the […]

Legal Requirements for Trusts

If you are interested in creating a trust as part of your estate plan, a Belleair estate planning attorney can discuss the legal formalities that must be executed with trusts. Additionally, your Belleair estate planning lawyer can explain that these formalities are the same as those required by individuals who make a valid will. Writing […]

Probate Advantages and Disadvantages

While you may have heard many individuals talk about the hideous probate process and the desperate need to avoid them, your Largo estate planning attorney can explain the advantages as well as disadvantages of the probate process. Being more informed on this topic can help you construct a more effective estate plan with your Largo […]

Do you qualify for simplified arbitration?

Have you lost $50,000 or less and been turned away by other securities litigation attorneys?   Did you know that FINRA has a rule change that would allow those customers with losses up to $50,000 or less to file a Simplified Arbitration. Did your broker make a trade without your permission, and you lost money? Did […]

Information to Provide to Your Estate Planning Attorney

Your Largo estate lawyer requires a lot of information in order to help you establish an effective estate plan. This information helps your Largo estate attorney to better understand your financial situation and goals. Your lawyer may ask you to complete a questionnaire or to bring a variety of documents with you when you first […]

An Overview of Estate Planning

Some of our clients come to Coleman Law Firm with the mistaken belief that estate planning is only for the elderly. However, it is especially necessary for anyone with minor children, assets to protect and anyone who wants to prepare for the future. Your estate plan helps you clearly communicate your wishes in writing through […]

Probate and Non-Probate Assets

One of the important aspects of developing an estate plan is using non-probate assets. Your Dunedin estate attorney can explain the key differences between probate and non-probate assets. Probate Assets Your Dunedin estate attorney may tell you that probate assets are those that are typically subject to probate. They may include assets that are listed […]

Durable Power of Attorney Designations

A durable power of attorney may be one document that your Safety Harbor lawyer recommends as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Your Safety Harbor attorney can explain the dynamics of this legal designation. General Guidelines Your Safety Harbor lawyer can explain that a durable power of attorney gives you, the principal, the power to […]

Estate Planning and Fiduciary Management

A fiduciary is a person who holds something in trust for another, such as management of assets. In estate planning, fiduciaries are deemed to have a great deal of power and authority in the management of one’s affairs and may be empowered to make decisions that are delicate and difficult when you, the testator, are […]

Charitable Trusts

One of the chief goals of estate planning is to find ways of minimizing taxes on money left to beneficiaries. Sometimes settlors wish a portion of their assets to go to a charity as well. Charity trusts serve this purpose. The charitable remainder trust, or CRT, is one of the most common charitable trusts. A […]

Living Trusts

A living trust is a popular estate planning tool a Clearwater trusts lawyer can create that can be useful during the lifetime of the person as well as make the distribution of assets after death less complicated and less expensive. A Living Trust is Revocable The person who creates the trust, called the settlor or […]

Estate Planning for Dual-State Residents

Having a residence in another state is not uncommon for many Floridians. While this clearly provides many benefits for the individual’s lifestyle, it requires some extra planning by an estate planning lawyer in Clearwater. State of Domicile While a person may have a residence and spend time in more than one state, they may have […]

Storing Wills

As you wrap up your session with a Largo estate attorney, you may learn about how to properly store your will. This is important information to know because if your will is not located, all of your hard work with establishing the best estate plan for you with your Largo estate attorney may be for […]

Community Property in Florida

Although Florida is considered a non-community property state, Florida probate law does recognize that assets and the proceeds from those assets acquired by an individual while living in a community property state may retain their community property character. A estate planning attorney in Clearwater can explain if it is beneficial to retain the assets as […]

Where Should I Keep My Estate Planning Documents?

In our estate planning practice, we are frequently asked by our clients where they should maintain their original estate planning documents. In my opinion, the place to keep your original Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, Trust, and Living Will is with your lawyer. There are a number of […]

Rolling Over Your 401(k): Should You Do It?

When leaving a job, most people automatically transfer, or “roll,” their 401(k) accounts to an individual retirement account. Now, some companies are urging departing employees to leave their savings right where they are – and there could be some good reasons for doing so. When an employee leaves a job, he or she is generally […]

Estate Planning Smarts For New Moms

Having a child is often the first time people think about their estate plans. New moms have much on their mind. I highly recommend the second edition of Deborah L. Jacobs’ book Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly Action-Oriented Guide to help them plan for their family’s future. Caring for yourself. Contrary to what many […]