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West Palm Beach Attorneys Skilled in Divorce, Estate Planning, and Other Legal Matters

Even under the best circumstances, divorce and other family law matters are stressful. Sensitive issues also can arise in the areas of estate planning and probate, which can implicate family relationships. Much is at stake for accident victims pursuing a personal injury claim as well. If you are looking for a West Palm Beach divorce lawyer or assistance with matters related to estate planning, personal injury, or criminal defense, you can consult the Law Offices of Stephen J. Press. Our firm understands how important each client’s case is, and we are committed to providing responsive communication and dedicated advocacy.

Family Law

Family law matters include divorce, as well as related issues like child custody, property distribution, legal separation, and alimony. You can obtain a no-fault divorce in Florida, which means that you would need to show that irreconcilable differences caused your marriage to break down. Misconduct by either spouse can affect property distribution or alimony, even though fault is not the basis of the divorce. Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that the judge may start by presuming an even division of marital property, but they will distribute the marital property according to fairness principles. A spouse needs to be a resident of Florida for a minimum of 180 days before suing for divorce.

Couples with young children will need to determine a timesharing arrangement for their children, as well as deciding who will have the authority to make major decisions regarding a child’s upbringing. If the spouses cannot agree, a judge will need to set up an arrangement that serves the best interests of the child. A divorce attorney can assist West Palm Beach residents with negotiating a timesharing agreement or presenting their position to a judge.

Estate Planning and Probate Litigation

It can be difficult to determine the best type of estate plan for your situation. Many people simply make a will. However, a will by itself may not be an optimal arrangement, since wills must pass through probate, which can be an expensive, lengthy process. In probate, assets are transferred into the names of beneficiaries. During the process of estate planning, we can advise you on whether other instruments, such as a trust, should be created. An advantage of proper estate planning is reducing the risk of probate litigation. However, we can represent people in probate litigation if the need arises, including will contests based on improper execution, undue influence, or diminished capacity.

Personal Injury

We assist victims who have been seriously injured in accidents by bringing personal injury lawsuits arising out of car accidents, slip and falls, or other kinds of accidents. We only represent injured people, mostly on a contingency fee basis, and do not represent insurers. Many personal injury lawsuits require a plaintiff to prove negligence. In order to establish negligence, you will need to show that you were injured because someone else failed to use the appropriate care. Establishing liability means that you may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering, as well as your medical bills and lost income. However, you will need to act promptly in filing your claim to make sure that you preserve evidence and comply with procedural rules, such as the statute of limitations.

Criminal Defense

In addition to serving as West Palm Beach divorce attorneys and providing guidance in other civil matters, we can represent defendants in criminal cases. If the police are investigating you for a crime, even if you have not been arrested, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Crimes may be charged as misdemeanors, such as petit theft or disorderly conduct, or as felonies, such as drug trafficking or rape. While felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, it is important to be aware that if you accumulate multiple misdemeanors, the penalties for offenses perpetrated later may be more significant. Moreover, there are different degrees of felonies and misdemeanors, and penalties may be different depending on the degree.

Seek Guidance from an Experienced Attorney in the West Palm Beach Area

Our attorneys understand how challenging it can be to address important matters like divorce, estate planning, accident claims, and criminal charges. We will work with you to determine an appropriate strategy for your situation. We represent clients in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Davie, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Indiantown, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, and Palm City, as well as other areas of Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin Counties. Call us at (888) 808-2772 or contact us through our online form to set up an appointment with a divorce lawyer in West Palm Beach or seek assistance with another type of legal matter.

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