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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We recognize that our clients need the best possible legal representation, with the right amount of compassion, and professionalism.
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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
Board Certified Immigration & Elder Law Attorney