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Naughton Legal Services

Specializing In:

  • Wills & Trust
  • Estate Planning
  • Torts
  • Auto Incidents
  • Maritime Law
  • Jones Act Law
  • Breach of Contract
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration

Wills & Trust

Sometimes a simple will is not enough to accomplish the wishes of our loved ones in regards to his or her estate. While there are many terms associated with trusts (testamentary, living, revocable, irrevocable, etc.), the basic concept involves the grantor selecting a third party, either the fiduciary or trustee, to manage funds for a beneficiary. For instance, a parent may select an uncle to manage a child’s funds until he or she is old enough to take on the responsibility. The uncle is not able to use the funds for his personal needs.

Although the concept of a trust is simple, the documentation required to execute one should be prepared by an experienced attorney who is familiar with probate and estate planning. Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in establishing trusts for Florida clients.

Estate Planning

Regardless of your income, estate planning is a vital part of your financial plan. Planning ahead can give you greater control, privacy, and security of your legacy and protect your family. We want to make sure you have the support you need every step of the way. So whether you want comprehensive planning support from an advisor or prefer having the tools to build your own plan, we can help.

believe that estate planning is not only about creating documents, but also about results! Too often estate planning is only equated with wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and other legal documents. While these are some of the documents we use and it is true that these documents may be necessary to achieve some of our client’s estate planning goals, the estate planning process consists of much more than just the routine preparation of the estate planning documents.

Torts

Generally speaking, a tort is when one person or entity inflicts an injury upon another in which the injured party can sue for damages. Tort law determines whether a person should be held legally accountable for an injury against another, as well as what type of compensation the injured party is entitled to.

The four elements to every successful tort case are: duty, breach of duty, causation and injury. For a tort claim to be well-founded, there must have been a breach of duty made by the defendant against the plaintiff, which resulted in an injury. Tort lawsuits are the biggest category of civil litigation, and can encompass a wide range of personal injury cases – however, there are three main types: intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.

Maritime Law

Admiralty law or maritime law is a body of law that governs nautical issues and private maritime disputes. Admiralty law consists of both domestic law on maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private parties operating or using ocean-going ships. 

Jones Act Law

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is a United States federal statute that provides for the promotion and maintenance of the American merchant marine. Among other purposes, the law regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports.

Breach of Contract

Breach of contract is a legal cause of action and a type of civil wrong, in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other party’s performance.

Appellate Practice

Appellate PracticeAppellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts (through discovery, examining witnesses, and trial) to the legal issues that decide the case.

Arbitration

Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution, is a way to resolve disputes outside the courts. The dispute will be decided by one or more persons, which renders the ‘arbitration award’. An arbitration award is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.

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