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If I have a Will is there need to do a probate?

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In practicing law over the past 14 years, there is a common misconception that if a person has a Will then there is no need to do a probate. In Florida, in order to transfer legal title to assets and property, the person’s estate, whether they died with a Will or without one, must… Read More »

Special Needs Trust & Guardianships for Special Needs Children

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If you have a Special Needs child, you probably need to do more planning than just a simple Will. Most parents of a special needs child should set up what is called a Special Needs Trust. A Special Needs Trust is a specific estate planning document allowing a parent to devise their assets to… Read More »

Thinking of buying a house or property?

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Thinking of buying a house or property?  Buying a house and the closing process can be overwhelming.  Make sure that you consider using Whibbs Stone Barnett to handle your closing transaction. In Florida, a title company is allowed to handle your closing. However, most title companies do not have a real estate attorney that… Read More »

Most think if they don’t have a lot of money or assets they don’t need a Will. This could not be further from the truth.

By Whibbs Stone Barnett |

Guardianships, Estate Planning A common misconception is that if you don’t have a lot of money or assets then you don’t need a Will.  This could not be further from the truth, especially if you have minor children. A Will is an important legal document which not only specifies who will receive your assets… Read More »

How can you help your criminal case?

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You always increase your chances for a favorable outcome by working with experienced Pensacola criminal defense attorneys who know the ropes and successfully defend their clients. However, understanding how to be a model defendant in your own case can save you from making mistakes that are difficult to rectify. According to research presented at… Read More »

What is an independent medical examination in a workers compensation case and how can it be a problem?

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If you are not working with Pensacola workers compensation attorneys and your employer’s insurance carrier wants to you to have an Independent Medical Examination (IME), it is time to obtain skilled legal representation. Here is why. Insurance companies typically look for ways to cut costs, and having an insurance doctor evaluate your medical condition… Read More »

Prenuptial Agreements

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In today’s society, second marriages or more are common.  In the past, prenuptial agreements have been given a negative connotation.  Most people felt insulted at the suggestion of a prenuptial.   However, for couples who have children by prior marriage, prenuptial agreements are extremely helpful in sorting out assets between the new spouse and the… Read More »

Where do BP oil spill claims stand?

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Don’t wait! Claims are still being filed. It’s not too late to file your BP oil spill claim. Deadline to file is April 20, 2014 According to ABC News, BP expects the dollar amounts for the multi-billion-dollar settlement for businesses’ and residents’ damages claims to exceed the $7.8 billion they predicted last year. The reason… Read More »

Why is it important not to settle too soon?

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Like all businesses, insurance companies are out to make money. However, when you suffer serious injury in an accident, you should realize they frequently are more interested in cutting their costs through a quick settlement than negotiating a fair outcome. A Pensacola accident attorney can protect your interests and ensure that your settlement adequately… Read More »

Initial steps to take after a loved one dies

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Obtain Several Certified Copies of Death Certificate:  You will need certified copies of death certificates to open a probate administration, access bank accounts, to claim beneficiary proceeds and transfer certain assets. Obtain Letters of Administration: In order to have access to financial accounts and handle the assets/property of the deceased, the Personal Representative will… Read More »


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