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From adoption representation, preparing for a life after divorce or ensuring your estate is fully protected, we recognize and respect your need for information, thoughtful practical advice and understanding. Our main goal is to help you resolve your legal issue(s) as quickly as possible so that you can move forward with your life.

about family first law group

Genevieve H. Torres, Esq.

Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration.

Bar Admissions. Florida

Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2007

Languages. English and French

Rachael Ledet Rudin, Esq.

Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration. Court Certified Family Law Mediator

Bar Admissions. Florida

Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2009

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I was able to contact my attorney at any time. She worked with me through all of my problems with my divorce. I did not have to worry about a thing. She was on top of everything to make my divorce very easy.

I started this process while stationed at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. My attorney and her staff assured me they would work hard so that I could see my son as much as possible. At trial, my attorney had my ex stumbling over every statement she made. Family First Law Group showed me why they are one of the best if not the best family lawyers in Tampa.

Ms. Torres’ professionalism and expertise were of invaluable help and support to me during my divorce process. She provided me with answers to my questions, was consistently accessible and available to me. She was welcoming and and responsive to my calls and questions in a positive and welcoming way. I felt my divorce was as important to Ms. Torres as it was to me. I am indeed grateful to have worked with her during this transitional time in my life.

LEGAL SERVICES: ADOPTIONS

Essentially there are two types of Adoption: Closed and Open. Closed simply refers to adoptive parents who do not meet or know the birth parents. Open adoptions refer to the adoptive parents meeting, knowing and/or working with the adoptive parents.

Adoptions also fall into several sub-categories such as international adoption, private/intermediary adoptions and agency adoptions. Family First Law Group assists families with Intermediary Tampa Adoptions, sometimes referred to as private or direct placement adoptions.

In most U.S. jurisdictions, at the time the adoption is finalized, the adopted child’s name is legally changed and the court orders the issuance of a new amended birth certificate.

LEGAL SERVICES: DIVORCE

DIVORCE

Before you take any legal steps to end your marriage, you should make sure that you have tried all possible ways to save it. If you need professional help, many communities, social and religious organizations offer counseling services either free or on a sliding fee scale or you may want to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person.

Florida is a no-fault divorce state (meaning neither spouse is required to prove fault or marital misconduct on the part of the other).

LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD CUSTODY

CHILD CUSTODY

In Florida, child custody is now referred to as parental “time-sharing of minor children. Regardless of what it is called, children deserve to be loved and cared for in a stable environment. Family First Law Group Child Custody Attorneys can help you understand all the factors that a court will weigh in making time-sharing decisions, and your options, to determine what would be in the best interests of your children.

Child custody is not an issue limited to divorce. Relatives often assume the responsibility of caring for children in their families, when the children’s parents are unable to do so.

LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD SUPPORT

CHILD SUPPORT

Parents are legally obligated to contribute to the support of their children and this obligation cannot be contracted away. Child support is calculated using the guidelines contained within the Florida Statutes. It is based, in part, on the number of children and the combined monthly income of the parents. Daycare costs, health insurance payments made on behalf of the children and the amount of time the children spend with each parent are also taken into consideration.

A parent who is voluntarily unemployed, or underemployed, is still responsible for his or her children and can have income imputed by the court based on work history, qualifications and prevailing earnings level in the community.

LEGAL SERVICES: COLLABORATIVE LAW

COLLABORATIVE LAW

The goal of Collaborative Law is to enable parties involved in a dissolution of marriage and other family law matters to resolve their differences in a non-adversarial and dignified setting using techniques committed to mutual resolution and reduced conflict. Collaborative Law works best for parties who wish to settle without going to court and are willing to commit to a good faith effort to do so.

The collaborative process is based on a pledge not to litigate in court. The process facilitates an open exchange of information with the goal of reaching the best possible solution for you and your family.

The Collaborative Team consists of a neutral mental health professional and a neutral financial professional. Other professionals may be added depending upon the needs of your family.

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Getting old is not easy .

Help is on the way. A new set of challenges awaits as we grow older: Incapacity, the specter of mortality and nursing home care. Our primary focus since 1990 has been to help our clients avoid the financial ruin of long-term care expenses. The average cost of nursing home care in Florida is above $10,000 per month. If the nursing home is part of your reality, you must take action or be wiped out financially.

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We hope that the resources and information available on our site will help. Should you need more information or solutions including help with asset preservation and Medicaid qualification, please call our offices at 727-539-0181 and schedule a FREE consultation. We serve the ENTIRE state of Florida and teleconference or video conference with clients that cannot meet with us face-to-face.

Sean W. Scott, Esq.

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• Looking for a nursing home? Our new Florida Nursing Home Map makes it easy to find a nursing home. Now with star ratings and other data.

• New mobile site. Check it out on your iPhone and Android at FLMedicaid.com.

• NEW virtual law office at the University of South Florida Alzheimer’s Byrd Center. In addition to our offices in Pinellas county. Punta Gorda. and Inverness. The new virtual office allows us to meet directly with clients by video conference without having the client having to leave the center.

• New Facebook integration on our home page. Yay!

• Check out our aging and dementia store for a collection of books and products we find helpful for our clients including The 36-Hour Day.

​ TOTAL CLIENT SERVICE is our mission. The complexity of the issues facing aging clients and the need for integration of multiple disciplines defines and sets us apart from others who purport to do Medicaid filing or planning. These non-professionals often lack the training and experience to adequately meet the needs of the client and are often merely a way to sell financial investments to the client. Not only are the motivations questionable, but they cannot provide the legal services required such as powers of attorney, income trusts, and the complex estate planning that is necessary in every case. We serve the entire state of Florida with physical offices in Pinellas, Citrus, Lake and Charlotte Counties. Please contact us for a free, no charge, initial personal consultation, phone consult or video consult. More.

MEDICAID IN FLORIDA

An integral part of obtaining Medicaid benefits is meeting and understanding the Medicaid eligibility requirements. Income, assets, and transfers are the big three eligibility tests that the state uses to determine if you qualify for benefits. More.

Unfortunately there is a break down in our Medicare system when in comes to coverage for nursing home care. Medicaid helps fix the inadequacies of Medicare. Risk factors like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s make it critical to plan now, before placement if at all possible. More.

If you are looking for some quick answers to your Medicaid questions check out our Top Ten Medicaid Mistakes and The 2017 Medicaid Fact Sheet. While the issues of Medicaid are much more complex these resource are a great place to start. More…

OUR SERVICES

For over 25 years we have helped our clients preserve their assets when facing a stay in a nursing home or assisted living facility. By accessing Medicaid and or veteran’s benefits to pay for care, an entire life-time of savings are protected. More.

Everyone must have a plan in place in the event of death or incapacity. Powers of attorney, wills and trusts put a co-pilot in place and are a fundamental part of future planning. More.

Few of us have ever had to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility. To help, we have dedicated staff ready to consult concerning placement options and care plans. We also have created an on-line resource, the Florida Nursing Home Map to provide easy access to location and information on Florida nursing homes. More.

We have some great videos on Medicaid, powers of attorney, estate planning and other issues on our video page. Sometimes it is just easier to watch something than to do all this reading. Check them out. More.

If you can’t make it out to one of our live Medicaid seminars, we have a Medicaid audio recording to listen to. Note that it was not recorded this year so you will want to check out the most current Medicaid eligibility information. More.

Our passion is to educate our clients and the public. Come see a live Medicaid seminar at a location near you. Or attend our upcoming Webinars where you can participate right from your computer. Learn how to navigate the maze of Medicaid to pay the cost of care in a nursing home or assisted living facility. See our live seminar calendar. More .

For a limited time Sean’s Medicaid Handbook is available as a free download. Click to download a pdf version to read on your computer, iPad, Kindle or Nook. More . .