Florida is the Foreclosure Capital

South Florida has recently seen a dip in foreclosures. This of course is great news when it comes to our improving economy and hopefully will take the spotlight off of Florida foreclosures as being a big concern of Floridians.

According to RealtyTrac, an online resource of foreclosure and defaulted property statistics, on average one out of every 407 Florida properties have some type of a foreclosure action. It is imperative to understand what it means when your property is under a foreclosure action. If you need assistance so you can understand what the legal documents relating to your foreclosure say in layman’s terms, please contact a Florida foreclosure defense lawyer as soon as possible. Miami-Dade county has the second most foreclosure actions in Florida with an average of 1 out of 272 properties under Foreclosure stress. The top spot has been taken by Flagler county with 1 out of every 222 properties logging a foreclosure action. Palm Beach averaged around 1 out of every 409 and Broward county is 1 out of every 429 properties have a foreclosure action.

Those numbers may not inspire the general reader that our Florida foreclosure woes are over. We wouldn’t disagree with that assessment. If your property is experiencing any type of foreclosure proceedings we cannot stress enough how important it is to have a Florida foreclosure attorney. A Florida foreclosure lawyer has specialized to defend your foreclosure case. While it may seem like you may have a handle on your current foreclosure situation, you could be digging yourself a hole. Banks have foreclosure lawyers who have specialized in repossessing foreclosure property, you deserve someone who has the knowledge to fight back for you. You should seek out a Florida foreclosure attorney who can offer free consultations. This way, both you and your potential foreclosure lawyer can understand if you are a good for the case at hand.

As always, it’s great to see news headlines showing the improvement of Florida foreclosures. However, that shouldn’t be used as a signal to hide your need for help it comes to foreclosure defense. KS Law offers free consultations. Contact us today to see how we can help you. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us.

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Tax Day? I Need More Time!

It is the middle of April already! It is Tax Day here in the United States. Would you be able to explain to an outsider what today represents? Every April 15th, usually, individual income tax forms are due and payment must be made for any income tax that is due.

Ok, first things first, if you have just started scrambling to organize all documents for the first time you will absolutely need an extension. However, if you have all of your documents in place, but you are waiting for more information, you may not need to worry about filing on tax day. If you do not owe the government due taxes, and you will receive a return, you will not be penalized for filing past April 15th. Breathe easy if you will receive a return, the deadline doesn’t apply to you.

If you know that you will not receive a return this year and you don’t think you will meet the deadline of filing before the end of tax day, you should file for an extension. If you do not file an extension before the end of the day on April 15th you will face steep penalties for all taxes that are due. The good news is filing for an extension is completely free.

There is bad news, however, to the equation. While it is free to file an extension and you will avoid the penalties associated with not paying on time. However, filing an extension does not mean that it gives you an extension to pay those taxes on the 15th. Meaning, you will not be penalized, but you will need to pay interest on the back taxes. If possible, send what you estimate you will owe on your income tax. This way you will avoid any interest accrued while you work to file your taxes past tax day.

Do you have a question for KS-Law? Email your questions to us! Also, we always free consultation ask us how we can help you today. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us.

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How to Find a Great Criminal Defense Lawyer

Locating a criminal defense lawyer, also known as a defense attorney, is not something most people place on the top of their list.  Finding a criminal defense lawyer is an inundating task.  Besides the high volume of Google inquires served when looking for a criminal defense attorney, one question begs to be asked, where do I start?

At this point we can assume that either you or someone you know has a run in with the law and now is seeking help with a potential criminal trial. Thankfully, you’re on the right track. Searching out potential defense lawyers is a great start.  Referrals are a great way to find your potential lawyer as they are recommendations from someone you trust. Still, you will want to search out the referral given to ensure that criminal lawyer is a good fit for your case.

After you have researched your potential attorney the next step should be to meet with your soon to be lawyer. This will give you a chance to consult with your attorney, be sure to check if your potential lawyer provides free consultation. We at KS-Law do offer free consultation so we can understand your case.  During this meeting you will be able to gauge the experience your criminal defense attorney has gained through practice.  The attorney shouldn’t be the only person asking questions during this meeting. You should ask provocative questions such as: How many of your cases have gone to trial, or how many years of experience for criminal defense do you have?

We would not recommend leaving your case to a public defender. While public defenders many times are generally happy and passionate about their work, that isn’t the problem with a public defender. A public defender many times has several hundred cases they must juggle between. Due to this he or she is unable to afford the proper amount of time for each individual case. While you may be innocent the public defender may be unable to argue your case successfully due to the lack of time to devote to your case.

We at KS Law want to help you with any legal question you may have. Let us know we always offer free consultation and can be easily found in Boca Raton. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us.

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Florida Foreclosure Activity Stuck in Highgear

Florida has a lot to be proud of and hold our collective heads high in the air. Our Florida home has the most ocean coastline of any of the continental US states. Our average winter temperature is an extremely pleasant and temperate 68.5 degrees. Due to all these perks of the state around 1,000 people make Florida their permeant home. Although, there is a number one spot we would like to relinquish, we are number one for foreclosures.

RealtyTrac has released their latest number and the results show Florida Foreclosure rates outpace all states again. Also, out of the top ten metro areas for foreclosure nine cities in Florida are on the list. Here in South Florida one out of 328 residences is experiencing a foreclosure. If you are one of our fellow South Florida residence we want to provide foreclosure defense.

One reason why our Foreclosure woes seem to be never ending is because Florida is still bogged down from previously filed foreclosures. The enormity of the amount of foreclosures continues to paralyze our legal system. When our legal system is at peak performance, a foreclosure timeline is approximately 120 days. The current average for a Florida Foreclosure is 1,095 days.

Fortunately, we have an experienced team on hand that will defend your foreclosure case. Banks have been proven numerous times to use improper tactics to foreclose on homeowners. Your Bank has hired a lawyer, you should have someone who can provide quality Florida foreclosure defense. Foreclosure is difficult, especially if you are attempting to manage everything yourself. We want to help! Our consultations are always free.

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I Need an Auto Accident Attorney in Florida

If you are reading this, there is a high probability that you are from the State of Florida and are here to learn more about Florida’s convoluted law regarding PIP insurance which is required to operate a vehicle. However, it is best to determine how PIP insurance relates to you specifically by speaking to one of our auto accident attorneys.

There has been a lot of news lately regarding PIP insurance changes. PIP laws were changed back in 2012. The old system, according to many insurance companies, was full of flaws and pressured Florida lawmakers to change the old system. The new PIP insurance system been fully enacted and now we see the results of the changes in the law.
This new system defines many what was seen as ambiguous areas of the law. Now an individual in the auto accident has 14 days, two weeks, to seek medical treatment from the specified licensed medical physician. Medical physicians listed specifically are: physician, osteopath, dentist, physician’s assistant or registered nurse practitioner. Also, it must be noted that the first visit to the physician constitutes as the visit during the 14 day window and all injuries must be reported during the first visit. If you find an injury that causes complications during the second visit PIP insurance will not apply even if you visit your physician on day 12 after the accident. If you have found yourself in an auto accident that you have been injured, you may want to seek the help of a Florida auto accident attorney in order to sort out the complicated law.

florida accident lawyer Also, apart of the changes to the PIP law was the change in how much PIP would pay up to for medical related bills. Under the old law, you would be covered up to 10,000 for medical bills. However, now PIP will cover up to $2500 in medical bills for non-emergency medical conditions. If the accident caused emergency related injuries the PIP law has not changed where up to 10,000 of medical costs related will be covered.

Unfortunately, $2500 may not go far enough even if the injury sustained was not deemed of an emergency condition. This is when a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident lawyers will be invaluable. You should not have to pay for an injury you sustained in an accident that was not your fault.

One last thought, if you should be struck by a car as a pedestrian and if you own a car you will be covered under the PIP law through your insurance policy. If you have any further questions or concerns about PIP laws or an auto accident, please consult with our auto accident attorneys who specialize in Florida PIP law. Call Now For Your Free Consultation: (561) 939-8042

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I Need an Experienced DUI Lawyer

If you are searching for a DUI lawyer in Boca Raton, you already know that it is a serious offense, and it not to be taken lightly. One reason you know this to be true because your vehicle has been impounded. Next, you likely will face probation for your DUI and possible jail time depending on the severity of the incident. Although, you will need to consult with one of our attorneys at KS-Law for greater detail how you may be affected. Also, we will cover what penalties are possible for first time offenders. 

When a celebrity is arrested for a DUI it is always big news. Recently, Justin Bieber was arrested here in South Florida and made big news for driving under the influence. If Bieber would happen to be a Florida citizen, he would not be smiling in his mug shot. No matter how much his DUI lawyer would argue, Mr. Bieber’s license automatically would be suspended for a minimum of six months. We in Florida have a zero tolerance laws for would be DUI minors. The technical blood alcohol content limit is .02 for anybody under 21. Which if you think in terms of an actual drink, it is anywhere between 0 and .9. The purpose of the ultra low BAC is to send a message to minors that they cannot drink and drive. If you are over the age of 21, the BAC limit is .08.

-What happens if I’m convicted of a DUI do I need a DUI lawyer?

If you have been convicted of a DUI, and this is your first conviction, the following penalties could be applied to your case. A fine of no less than $500 or more than $1,000. Community service will be required, and 50 hours will be recorded. Probation of no more than a year can be accessed. Jail time could be faced. No more than six months can be sentenced or served, however if a minor was in the vehicle no more than nine months can be sentenced. Your license will be revoked for a minimum of 180 days and cannot be revoked for more than a year. Also, you may have to go back to school, DUI school, for 12 hours. In case you were wondering about Mr. Bieber’s court date, it will be May 5th for his DUI charges. If you find yourself in a similar situation, meaning making the unfortunate mistake of driving under the influence. You should contact us and find out how our experienced DUI lawyers can help you. Call Now For Your Free Consultation: (561) 939-8042

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Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day An American Tradition

The US the adult population will tip their glass of Guinness to St. Patty and have a full day to claim Irish heritage. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about S. Patrick’s Day. The biggest misconception is that the holiday was created for excessive drinking by the Irish people.

Excessive drinking being tied to St. Patrick’s Day is a recent development in the history of the holiday. St. Patrick’s Day had it’s beginnings as a day celebrated by the church as a day of Feast on the day of his death. St. Patrick also was never officially canonised, (made into a saint) by the church. Being canonised was done at the local level at the time and not by the Pope as a general declaration. However, Irish-American immigrants in Boston would change the perception in America. Even up until fairly recently all bars would be closed in Ireland on St. Patricks day due to religious reasons.

If you chose to partake in our American Irish tradition, please choose a designated driver come along with you and your friends, so you have a safe way to make it home. If nobody wanted to volunteer for the job of designated driver, South Florida has several taxi services for hire. Click here for a list of activities going on in the South Florida area in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us. If you have a question let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

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March = Spring Break!

We have found ourselves in the middle of March and its madness. Also, we have found ourselves in the midst of Spring Break season. Spring Break is entirely different here in Florida due to all of the out of State visitors.

We in South Florida are lucky enough to be a Spring Break destination. With this distinction, we have will have an overflow of college party goers who will have little regard for our local laws. If you have been a resident of the area you know what beaches to avoid during the height of Spring Break, or perhaps you know which beaches you want to frequent!

To prepare for Spring Break mode, a few tips are key during this time of year:

1. Be Aware: Many out of State drivers are on our roads, and, unfortunately, may be inebriated. If you see one of these drivers best it to let them around you or give them as much room as possible.

2. Good Hotels Could be Scarce: Prices on rooms may be higher than usual. If you are planning on having friends or family visit, the hotel may have already been booked to get that great beach destination.

3. Traffic: Traffic may not have any discernable difference during the day; however, you’re likely to notice it the closer you get to the beaches. Plan to spend extra time in the car if you have weekend plans to hit the sand or any destination nearby.

Have anything to add? Let us know! Did you have a burning legal question, let us know! Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us!

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Do I Need an Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is needed when you have been injured physically, or psychologically, as a result of negligence from a person, or entity. Chances are you need a local injury lawyer. We have our main office in Boca Raton Florida servicing the South Florida metro. A personal injury lawyer is not very different than most other lawyers with the exception that they specialize in injury law.

If you have been injured physically or psychologically due to negligence, you will need to discuss the details with one of our personal injury lawyers. We offer a free consultation to get the full picture of how your injury has affected you. During this process, the personal injury lawyer will want to review medical expenses related and any proof of lost wages.

Don’t always rely on the insurance company to be working for your best interests! Insurance companies are in business to stay in business not cut customers checks. They will find any way to offer you the lowest dollar amount possible. Many times they find legal loop holes to exploit their customers. Having an attorney on your side will ensure that you are being fully compensated.

When considering an injury lawyer it is never a pleasant experience. At least when choosing use, please live life and leave the legal stuff to us.

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Do You Know What SCOTUS Could Mean?

SCOTUS is an acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States. The court system is the third pillar of our checks and balance government. One would think due to the rise of social media and limited character spaces that SCOTUS was created in modern times. However, the abbreviation can be traced back to 1879. Members of the court will be nominated by the current president and must be confirmed by the Senate, not Congress as a whole. Once a justice has been confirmed into office that person may hold a seat on the court until they either retire or die.

An interesting fact about the court is it has not always been a nine justice court. The Supreme Court originally started with six members. The Supreme Court has grown to as large as 10 members, but was shrunk down to it’s modern size of nine members in 1869.

The current Chief Justice is John Roberts. He was appointed in 2005 by George H.W. bush when his predecessor, William Rehnquist, died. SCOTUS does have a hierarchy within itself. The Chief Justice is considered the most senior member regardless of length of tenure. From there, the Associated Justices are ranked by the length of time served in the court.

The Associate Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States are as follows in their seniority ranking: Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Sonia Sotomayer, and Elena Kagan.

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