These articles were written by Jeffrey Adelman for Broward County Bar Association and Coral Springs/Parkland Forum:

10 Tips If You Are Injured In A Motor Vehicle Accident

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, here are 10 helpful tips to preserve your claim:

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Proposals for Settlement In Litigation

Proposals for settlement, otherwise referred to as an “offer of judgment” are valuable litigation tools used to put pressure on parties to settle lawsuits.  This strategy concerns Florida Statute 768.79 and Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.442, and involves assessing attorneys’ fees and costs for a prevailing party or party that offered to settle a case prior to trial for a reasonable amount.

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Small Claims Court - A Viable Alternative

Oftentimes, people have money disputes with corporations or individuals for amounts that are less than $5,000.00.  In these situations, it can sometimes be difficult to hire a lawyer due to the expense, and some lawyers may not want to get involved for that reason as well.  This is due to the fact that the attorney may obtain a favorable judgment, but the legal fees may be in excess of the judgment.  Filing a Small Claims Court lawsuit on your own is oftentimes a viable alternative in these types of situations.

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Florida’s “Homestead” Law

Florida’s “Homestead” law provides protection for Florida homeowners that most states do not offer.  When property is “homesteaded,” it is virtually untouchable to creditors.

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Protecting Your Assets Through Life Insurance

Life insurance policies are another excellent way to protect an individuals assets from creditors and judgments under the favorable laws for debtors in the state of Florida.

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Wills and Other Documents Everyone Should Have

Amazingly, approximately half of all Americans die without executing a will during their lifetimes.  Countless problems can result if our clients do not take the time to think about these documents.

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Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage - The most important coverage on your automobile insurance

The most important coverage a person can have on their automobile insurance policy to protect themselves and their loved ones is under-insured/uninsured motorist coverage.

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Auto Insurance- Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits

In the event that you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, one of the first steps you should take is reporting the accident to your insurance company for Personal Injury Protection benefits, otherwise known as “PIP benefits.” Personal Injury Protection coverage is the only coverage drivers are required to carry in the state of Florida. For reasons discussed last month in my article on “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage,” it is advisable to carry much more than just this minimum coverage, but I think it is important to understand exactly what benefits Personal Injury Protection provides insureds.

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What To Do If You Are In An Automobile Accident?

Automobile accidents are an unfortunate reality of living in South Florida. It is important to have some basic knowledge of what to do if you are involved in a car accident to make sure you protect your rights.

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