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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – Florida’s new power of attorney statute marks some significant changes for those who need to act as an agent for an individual. Perhaps the biggest change in the law will require more detail in the scope of the power of attorney, or POA. “You won’t be able to use sweeping, broad language in the contract anymore,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton, of Osenton Law Offices. “Each specific act granted to the POA – from banking to health care – needs to be specifically laid out.” The new law says […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices will expand its popular free, informational seminars to help individuals and families facing foreclosure. The law firm holds its next biweekly seminar on bankruptcy on July 26 and August 11 at 6 p.m. and will soon have seminars specifically on the foreclosure process in August. In Hillsborough County, currently 1,013 properties are foreclosures, which signals that one in every 521 homeowners in the area is struggling to make his or her mortgage. “Foreclosure defense is very important when a lender is trying to get your property,” said Brandon […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2011 – In order to change the current child support being paid, an individual must allege a “substantial change in circumstances”. The Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Program has noticed that requests for child support modifications have more than doubled during the last few years in the Tampa Bay area. “Many people are requesting modifications not because they don’t want to pay, but because they have circumstances out of their control wherein they can’t afford the monthly child support,” said Brandon family law attorney Joshua Law, who practices law at Osenton […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2011 – Many families live further away from each other. Younger families go to where they can find jobs and good schools, and oftentimes the grandparents move to enjoy a better climate, cheaper living, or be around other retired friends. As aging parents start to deal with health and mobility concerns, their adult children are faced with caregiving from long distances. The typical adult child who lives in a different area from their aging parent is an average of 450 miles away, reports the National Alliance for Caregiving. “It’s important to have a […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2011 – A new book called “Getting My Ducks In A Row” reminds individuals that without proper planning, they can leave their family with a big mess should they become mentally incapacitated or pass away. As the author says, “Sadly, the pain, stress, aggravation, family quarrels, lost time and wasted money that result from poor planning can multiply that sorrow.” The wisest step a person can take is to work with an estate planning attorney to make educated decisions about important plans for life and death. Experienced estate planning attorneys will help their […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2011 – As people have a hard time paying credit card bills and other expenses, they get caught in a financial bind. They do not want to file for bankruptcy just yet in case more income does come in, yet they can’t live without basic groceries, gas, and the power turned on unless they stop paying all the rest of the bills. As weeks and months go by, urgent phone calls from creditors increase and letters keep flooding in to remind the debtor that their bills are past due. “Our nature is to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2011 – Emotions are swirling when a spouse finally decides to get divorced. For many people, a crumbling marriage can be a stressful and painstaking time to try to figure out the next steps ahead. An individual’s confidence plummets as all the legal, financial, and even child-related issues start to mount. A qualified divorce attorney will help an individual consider their options and help save them from turmoil as much as possible. After being served with a divorce petition, the other spouse has 20 days to respond to the petition. A court hearing […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices, P.A., will host a lunch and dance for residents of The Bridges, an active retirement community in Riverview. The event will be held in the dining room of The Bridges on May 20 and include live music with a big band sound. The Bridges has an assisted living facility, custom cottage homes, condos, and a recreation center for residents to live in and enjoy. “We want to give back to the community of seniors that have done so much for the area,” said O. Reginald Osenton, owner and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices offers the Brandon and Tampa community with a free, informational bankruptcy seminar. The next seminar is on June 9 at 6 p.m. Many individuals and families need help to eliminate debt, maintain their home and savings, and halt foreclosure. The hour-long seminar will also cover alternatives to bankruptcy. Reginald Osenton, the Brandon bankruptcy attorney at Osenton Law Offices, will go over the difference between the two different versions of bankruptcy, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. “The seminars allow you to ask any question you have about bankruptcy and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2011 – In honor of last month’s Mother’s Day, Osenton Law Offices would like to say bravo to mothers who are busy raising their kids solo and keeping their family as the number one priority. As nurturers and teachers, mothers can be great role models. But sometimes the chaos of the day and back-and-forth on the parenting agreement schedule can make finances take the back burner. As a Tampa divorce attorney and Tampa family law attorney, Laurel A. Tesmer counsels many women who multitask wonderfully but need some guidance to avoid the financial […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices has announced the firm will host the Osenton Law Offices Seminar Series. The seminars will occur at the firm’s office in Brandon. The firm has hosted free bankruptcy seminars since 2009 and now the series has expanded to include other legal areas. On June 21, attorney Laurel Tesmer will present a free seminar on divorce, child custody, and other family law issues at 6 p.m. Tesmer is the lead Brandon divorce attorney at the firm and a member of the Marital and Family Law Sections of the Florida […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices is continuing to provide the community with a sought-after bankruptcy seminar. The next seminars are on April 28 and May 10 at 6 p.m., as part of the Osenton Law Offices Seminar Series. Many Brandon and Tampa area individuals and families need help to slash debt, keep their home and assets and stop the foreclosure process. Alternatives to bankruptcy will also be discussed at the hour-long seminar. Osenton Law Offices started giving the free bankruptcy seminars in 2009. Given the success of the seminars, the firm recently decided […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2011 – Most individuals try to get a Chapter 7 bankruptcy so they can forego monthly payments to a trustee. Chapter 7 bankruptcies wipe debts away and give individuals a fresh start while protecting their home and other assets. No matter what, individuals must be ready for meeting with the trustee in bankruptcy court. Usually one month after the bankruptcy petition is filed an individual will meet with the bankruptcy trustee. The trustee acts as a representative of an individual’s creditors and will ask a series of questions under oath to determine the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2011 – Divorces that go smoothly without lawyers and thorough negotiations can come back to haunt individuals many years later. Tampa family law attorney Laurel A. Tesmer recently had a new client come to her for legal guidance with a stressful situation. The client’s ex-spouse did not fill out the divorce paperwork correctly and did not pay the house mortgage, leaving her liable. “Time after time, we hear about sad events like this,” said Tesmer, who counsels clients at Osenton Law Offices, P.A. “If the paperwork is not filled out correctly, an individual […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2011 – Family law and bankruptcy attorney Laurel A. Tesmer, Esq. has received a lot of kudos lately. From her active role in Leadership Brandon this year to writing an article for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s magazine, The Lawyer, she is an emerging star in the legal profession and her community. With the current dire state of the economy, Laurel A. Tesmer, Esq. and her colleagues at Osenton Law Offices, P.A., are fielding a lot of calls and consultations about what comes first – divorce or bankruptcy. “Today, many of our clients […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2011 – Wealthy individuals and married couples will have two years – 2011 and 2012 – to give a minimum of $5 million to loved ones without having to pay gift tax. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 created this tax break right before the winter holidays. Before then, individuals could only give $1 million tax-free, and it will transfer back to this amount in 2013. With this legislation, gift, estate and GST tax-free minimums are now unified. And tax rates for estate and gift taxes are […]


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Somerville, MA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2010 – Massachusetts elder law, estate planning, and special needs attorneys, Alex L. Moschella and Neal A. Winston, partners in the Somerville, MA law firm of Moschella & Winston, LLP, have been named “Super Lawyers” for the fourth consecutive year. Moschella & Winston specializes in Massachusetts elder and disability law, public benefits eligibility, special needs law, estate planning and asset protection. Super Lawyers magazine bestows this award on the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts, as chosen by their peers and through the independent polling, research and selection performed by Law & Politics […]


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