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Category Archives: Legal Terms

Tampa Dependency Attorneys: What is dependency court?

Our Tampa Dependency Attorneys are well versed in issues involving dependency issues and cases. Dependency court is a hybrid court, which is somewhat related to family and criminal law. It’s unique in the sense that it is related to family issues in that it involves minor children and parents. But it is akin to criminal […]

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What does the phrase Attorney-Client Privilege Mean?

Many Tampa attorneys in their initial consultation with their clients will use the phrase “attorney-client” privilege. This phrase is referring to the confidentiality between the attorney and their client regarding the matters discussed and exchanged during their meetings. Obviously, this is a far more complex subject than the simple one-sentence definition I provided above, so […]

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Military Discharge Review Boards

Our Firm routinely assists individuals in the military with Military Discharge Review Boards.  After each major armed conflict, the need for military personnel is reduced, and in turn, the U.S. military moves to reduce its forces. Many times, the military tightens its standards to a greater degree, resulting in a purge of servicemembers for discipline-related […]

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What is the rule of sequestration?

Tampa trial attorneys will routinely request the court “invoke the Rule” prior to a jury or non-jury trial beginning.  The rule of sequestration is more commonly known, ensures that witnesses do not discuss the facts of their cases and/or their testimony with other witnesses prior to their testimony at trial.  The rule of sequestration is applicable in all sorts […]

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What is a parenting plan?

A parenting plan provides the essential blueprint of how the parties are to interact with regards to the child, including means of communicating concerning the child, when the child can be contacted, how medical and extracurricular activities are to be split, how transportation costs are to be split, where the parents are to meet during […]

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

Tampa child custody attorneys routinely deal with Guardian ad Litems in their time sharing and child custody cases.   A Guardian ad Litem is often an attorney appointed by the court to ensure the right and best interests of a child are protected and voiced.  It is worth noting some Guardians are not attorneys.  Unfortunately, many […]

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What is an Income Withholding Order?

Many Tampa family law attorneys are constantly asked about Income Withholding Orders or IWOs, as they are more commonly known.   IWOs are mentioned in cases involving child support and/or child support arrearage payments.  Florida Statute Section 61.1301 covers the legal requirements of an Income Withholding Order. Income Withholding Orders are sent directly to a party’s […]

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Tampa Trial Attorneys: What are interrogatories?

Tampa trial attorneys are often asked, “what are interrogatories?” They are a form of written discovery that can be used in Florida civil and family law cases.  Ultimately, they are most commonly used in civil and family law cases just due to the nature of the cases.  Interrogatories are a cheaper, quicker discovery tool for […]

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Tampa Personal Injury Attorney: What happens during mediation?

Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys are constantly asked about what their clients can expect during mediation.  Regardless of the case, whether it is a car accident, slip and fall or family law case, the overwhelming majority of Tampa Bay Area judges will require mediation before the matter can go to trial.  There are three major points […]

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What is a deposition?

A deposition is a tool of discovery for Tampa trial attorneys to use during litigation. During a deposition, a deponent (the person being asked the questions) is placed under oath by the court reporter, or a notary if they’re appearing via telephone.  During the deposition, an attorney will ask the deponent multiple questions concerning the […]

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