Welcome to the Law Offices of
Cynthia I. Waisman, P.A.

With offices in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida, we devote our practice to immigration and elder law, including estate planning, probate/trust administration, and guardianship matters. Our firm takes pride in providing quality legal services. We prioritize our clients’ needs and best interests. We recognize that our clients need the best possible legal representation, provided with the right amount of compassion, creativity and professionalism. Our firm provides personalized service to all of our clients, supported by a highly experienced, professional and personable staff.

Our Areas of Expertise in Flordia

IMMIGRATION

If you were born outside of the United States of America, immigrate and become an American citizen it is said you are naturalized.

Citizenship in the United States of America can be achieved in two ways, through birth or naturalization. When you are born in the United States, you are automatically a US citizen. You are also a US citizen if both of your parents were born in the United States. The process of naturalization is a step-by-step procedure taken by individuals who were not born but want to become citizens of the United States of America.

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ESTATE PLANNING

For estate planning, some states accept handwritten wills, while others do not. Some states require strict witness requirements and notaries while others may not. Therefore, if you prepare your own estate planning documents which do not conform with the laws, your pre-death wishes may not be followed. Moreover, in October 2011, Florida altered its Power of Attorney laws thereby allowing more enumerated powers to be granted under certain circumstances.

With some much information on the internet, it is hard to say whether you would be using the correct up to date form if you prepare estate planning documents yourself. It is also a good idea to have your estate planning documents reviewed from time to time by an attorney to make sure they conform to current laws.

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PROBATE, ESTATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION

For Probate, Estate and Trust Administration, a lawyer is typically needed to complete the legal process in a timely, and legally sufficient manner. Except for “Disposition Without Administration” for very small estates (See Florida Statute Section 735.301) and those estates in which the Personal representative is the sole beneficiary, an attorney is required.

Even where an attorney is not involved, it is important to remember that the estate administration process has many technical rules. Also, without a legal background, there are many pitfalls which can result in beneficiaries not receiving their inheritance and free from creditor claims.

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GUARDIANSHIP LEGAL SERVICES

Our guardianship practice consists of providing quality services to those who may need to establish a legal guardianship because they are unable to take care of themselves of their finances. Establishing a guardianship is legal proceeding where the court monitors the well-being and/or financial situation of an individual who is unable to do so alone due to mental infirmity or youthful age. When a person has a comprehensive estate plan, often the need for a guardianship is eliminated. However, if there is no estate plan in place, the Court may become involved to determine the rights of individuals and to provide the appropriate care. There are essentially two types of guardianships in Florida, minor guardianships, and incapacitated guardianships.

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TRUSTED COUNCIL IN IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY LAW IN CLEARWATER AND TAMPA

Compassionate

We recognize that our clients need the best possible legal representation, with the right amount of compassion, and professionalism.

An Attorney For YOU!

Our firm takes pride in providing quality legal services. We prioritize our clients’ needs and best interests.

Meeting Your Needs

We offer translation services and

payment plans for many of our

clients.

 

Professional

Our firm provides personalized service to all of our clients, supported by a highly experienced, professional and personable staff.

Fair and Flexible

We are happy to provide telephone consultations if you are unable to meet with us in person.

 

Experienced

We know that we can provide comfort to our clients through experienced, dedicated representation.

Should You Hire an Immigration and Elder Law Attorney?

 

Certain Areas of Law  Can be Extremely Complex

Certain areas of law including immigration and estate planning can be extremely complex and therefore an experienced attorney should be consulted. For immigration cases, if a form is completed incorrectly or not submitted timely, the case may be denied and removal proceedings may be initiated. Further, if the case is denied and refiled at a later date, there is no refund available to the applicant, plus valuable time is lost.

The Law is Constantly Changing

Immigration law is constantly changing and therefore, choosing an attorney who is knowledgeable and up to date on the laws is important. Many of this firm’s clients have previously filed cases on their own, only to find out they should have hired an attorney from the beginning.

Beware of Individuals Who Prepare Documents Without a Law License

Finally, beware of individuals who prepare immigration documents without a law license. Be sure to ask the person you are hiring for their credentials before you pay anything. Many notaries, or “notarios” do not have the required training to guide you through the complicated immigration process. Further, they are not permitted to represent you at interviews before immigration officials or before immigration judges. Ultimately the mistakes made by a non-qualified representative can cause great harm to you and your loved ones, including deportation from the United States or extended times of separation.

Cynthia I. Waisman

Cynthia I. Waisman

Board Certified Immigration & Elder Law Attorney

About Cynthia I. Waisman

 

Cynthia I. Waisman is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Florida, Middle District of Florida and State Bar of Illinois. She is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Waisman’s clients are located in various parts of the United States and worldwide. She can handle immigration matters throughout the United States and in all Embassies throughout the world. She has successfully represented many clients in estate matters across the country and overseas as well. Ms. Waisman has spent time overseas and studied law abroad. Cynthia received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. She has taught classes on legal issues and has written several articles concerning various legal topics. She volunteers at local functions in the community and is a devoted mother of two. During her free time, she enjoys running, rock climbing, cycling, and music.

Recent Blogs from Cynthia I. Waisman

Immigration Update:  Application Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

  Immigration Update:  Application Fees Increase on December 23, 2016   On December 23, 2016, fees for immigration applications will become more expensive.  The fee increase averages about 20% depending upon the type of application being filed.  This...
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Naturalization Applications on the Rise

Naturalization Applications on the Rise   The increase in the number of legal permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship in 2016 is at its highest level in four years.  This is a common trend during election years when more applicants apply so they can...
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Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Residency

Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Residency   If you were granted permanent residence status based on your marriage to a United States citizen or permanent resident, then you are likely aware that your residence status is conditional and is valid for two (2)...
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Abandonment and Loss of LPR Status

Abandonment and Loss of LPR Status   Simply because you were granted Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status does not mean that you are permanently a resident of the United States.  There are several ways for a person to lose their LPR status.  Abandoning your...
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Naturalization and False Claims to Citizenship

    Naturalization and False Claims to Citizenship   Claiming to be a United States Citizen can turn into a devastating situation should a foreign national do so in order to obtain a state or federal benefit.  A noncitizen can quickly be put into removal...
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The DACA/DAPA Delay

The DACA/DAPA Delay   The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was scheduled to go into effect in February of this year, with Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) scheduled three months later.  However, due to the fight against...
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Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Permanent Residency

  Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Permanent Residency   If you were granted lawful permanent residence (LPR) status based on your marriage to a United States citizen or permanent resident, then you are likely aware that your residence status is...
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The K-1 Visa

The K-1 Visa   If you are a United States citizen and you fall in love with someone who is not a U.S. citizen nor lives in the United States, the fear of not being together is at the forefront of your mind.  The K-1 visa is the solution for such a situation. ...
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