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Orlando Debt Relief Attorney

Orlando Debt Relief Attorney

Orlando Debt Relief Attorney, Clermont Debt Relief Lawyer

Are you in debt? Are you unable to pay your credit card bills? Have you received notices of overdue payment? Are you getting constant calls about the repayment of your debt? Have any credit card companies, banks, or health care providers filed a lawsuit against you to collect on your overdue credit card balance? An Orlando debt relief attorney can help you negotiate with a credit card debt collector, bank attorney or health care debt agent to reduce your overdue balance, or in some cases, eliminate it altogether. If your goal is to stop the calls, prevent the bill collectors from persistently asking you for money, and reduce the amount of your debt, hire an Orlando debt relief attorney, or if you live in Lake County, a Clermont debt relief lawyer, to help you obtain the relief you need today. These are serious financial matters and are best handled by qualified legal professionals. Get help to protect your bottom line.

Lake County Debt Lawyer

Debt Consolidation Florida: Lake County Florida Debt Lawyer

Consider hiring an Orlando debt relief attorney or a Lake County Florida debt lawyer to help you get out of debt. If the debt collectors have been unable to collect directly from you, or feel that you are unwilling to pay them, a third party law-licensed negotiator can be the solution to your debt negotiation. This is why you have hired an attorney, to be your advocate and to be an aggressive negotiator on YOUR behalf. Debt consolidation Florida is a huge business and involves the legal system in its creditor-debtor battles.

Debt consolidation specifically requires the merging of multiple credit card overdue accounts. This is a complex procedure that may require an experiences debt help attorney. Hiring an attorney may seem to be expensive given you are already in debt. Consider the alternative. If your lawyer helps you save hundreds or thousands of dollars by negotiating on your behalf, then his/her attorney fee maybe easier to accept.

Lake County Florida Debt Lawyer

Credit Card Debt Attorney Tavares

If you live in Lake County, hire a Credit card debt attorney Tavares that has gone through the debt consolidation and debt bargaining many times before. Their goal becomes your goal; to consolidate and/or reduce your debt. This may involve helping you to establish an AFFORDABLE monthly payment plan. Before you decide to go fend for yourself and to try to navigate through this process alone, consider whether having an expert debt relief attorney by your side may help you feel more secure in your position and help your bottom line. Consider hiring Jonathan Jacobs, Clermont debt relief lawyer, credit card debt attorney Tavares, to reduce your amounts owed.

Credit card debt and debt relief in Florida are topics that are closely associated with small claims lawsuits. So are eviction lawsuits and breach of employment contract lawsuits. Attorney Jacobs appears at mediation and in court for his debtor clients. Your amounts owed can be reduced, and monthly installment plans can be negotiated, if not an outright dismissal.

The Jacobs Law Firm’s primary practice areas are family law, alimony and child support, personal injury, criminal defense, landlord tenant and eviction law, estate planning, civil litigation, and of course, legal writing via the Florida Law Blog.

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Orlando

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Orlando

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Orlando

Landlord tenant law is an area of law that involves a great deal of controversy and bitterness between the litigants. Let’s analyze the perspectives of both parties, the landlord and the tenant, in order to gain a deeper understanding of some of the issues involved in a housing dispute.. In doing so, I have created a hypothetical landlord-tenant case study to create a framework for this discussion of what the parties often fight about in and out of court. If you need help with your lease, your eviction case, or any kind of a landlord-tenant legal issue, contact Attorney Jonathan Jacobs who is a landlord tenant lawyer in Orlando, and a landlord tenant lawyer in Clermont FL. Contact us today for your free consultation!

Hypothetical Landlord Tenant Dispute: Plaintiff/Landlord v. Defendant/Tenant

By way of hypothetical example, a landlord sues a tenant. First, I will present the hypothetical landlord’s point of view. As an attorney, I seek to understand both sides of the argument to help my clients win their case(s). The landlord wants to sell his condominium because the value has gone up significantly in a short period of time. In his mind, the tenant has been nothing but a complainer, and too much trouble to be worth renting their home to. The tenant has shown little appreciation for the maintenance of the property, and regardless, his/her lease will not be renewed the coming year. So, knowing this information, why not try to compel the tenant to leave voluntarily, or at least plan for the next tenant or next step with/for the home?

From the landlord’s viewpoint, the tenant has become at best a minor nuisance, at worst a tenant with whom they cannot reason with. The tenant has text messaged and called dozens of times to demand repairs for the A/C, a leaky faucet, an electrical outlet that does not work properly, a door has become unhinged, etc. The list could go on ranging from serious repair problems to more ordinary household wear and tear (reasonable daily maintenance). Perhaps these are perfectly reasonable issues that need to be addressed to ensure the habitability of the residence and the comfort of the renters. Then again, the landlord might not believe that those repairs are his/her responsibility. This is why reading, reviewing, and understanding your renter’s contract is of the utmost importance.

There are frequently differing opinions as to the meaning of a lease agreement/contract. Ultimately, the landlord prefers that the tenant move out immediately. This may involve the landlord filing for eviction. Eviction can be done if the renter fails to pay rent in a timely manner, if the renter has damaged the property in a significant manner, or if the renter has refused the landlord access to repair serious damage to the property. Whether there is legitimate cause for such a lawsuit and verdict of eviction, is another matter entirely. Eviction is a fact specific issue. Call a landlord tenant lawyer in Orlando or a landlord tenant lawyer in Clermont FL to learn whether you have a viable case that can be brought to the court’s attention with the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Orlando: Tenant’s Point of View

In our hypothetical landlord-tenant dispute, let’s shed some light on the tenant/renter’s point of view. The tenant has felt ignored and neglected by the landlord. He/she has brought to the landlord’s attention the fact that a licensed handyman, or a plumber, or some other qualified repair person needs to come fix several areas in/of the residence. The tenant has a sense of urgency about the completion of the repairs because he/she lives there with young children. The tenant wants to ensure their comfort and safety, but their inability to get the landlord to pay attention to their very real problems may cause a feeling of helplessness. Perhaps, because of the landlord’s inattentiveness, this renter believes they do not owe the full amount of the rent until repairs are made. This renter withholds rent and continues to send messages requesting that certain things be fixed. Tensions build with unpaid rent, unfixed areas of the residence, and varying interpretations of who is to blame. This is when the parties may seek to hire a landlord tenant lawyer in Orlando.

Civil litigation often involves a lot of money that you may be liable for or are trying to collect from someone. The best practice with the likeliest outcome of success is to hire an attorney who is trained to help you recover or defend against someone seeking to dispossess you of your home and your money.

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Clermont FL

Landlord Tenant Lawyer in Clermont FL

In another article, concerning mold exposure in a Florida apartment residence, I will explore the potential remedies both parties may have in their pursuit of meeting their demands and ensuring the health and welfare of the occupant(s). The best outcome is when landlords and tenants recognize there either is an issue, or an issue could develop if the parties remain at loggerheads, and consequently the parties work out their differences amicably. Both parties likely will need an attorney to present their arguments and to act as the voices of reason.

For more information please see Florida law Chapter 83 which governs landlord-tenant lawsuits. A landlord tenant lawyer can clarify any hard-to-understand provisions for you. Visit our Eviction homepage or our Landlord-Tenant homepage for more information. Landlord tenant disputes often arise in small claims court. I am a small claims lawyer in Orlando, should you want me there by your side.


Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Susan G. Komen

My mother Sue is a breast cancer survivor. I remember back about ten years ago when I brought her for what we anticipated would be a routine yearly mammography. She walked out of the mammography center patient room with a look of pure sickness on her face. At that point she had not visited an oncologist, nor had anything been confirmed, but the staff at the center told her they had found an abnormality and to see a specialist immediately. Among the other treatments she underwent, MammoSite® Radiation (the temporary implantation of a radioactive seed near the tumorous area) helped eradicate any cancerous cells. She still struggles with medical issues, but she is a survivor in so many ways. For more information about the Mall at Millenia charity event organized by Susan G. Komen and Florida Hospital, click here.

Every year, out of an abundance of sadness that she has had to endure breast cancer, among her other maladies, and to celebrate her life, I do one of two things. Either I purchase some Susan G. Komen merchandise in order to make a small donation and to symbolize my support for “Big Momma” (she has a metaphorically gargantuan-size heart), or I endeavor to attend a Breast Cancer Awareness event. I have no doubt that many of you can relate because you know, and/or have supported a family member that has been afflicted with breast cancer or some other debilitating cancer. Among my favorite events to attend is the Mall at Millenia charity event Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out.

Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out. Mall at Millennia Charity

This year, my wife and I chose the “Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out.”, breast cancer awareness event held by the Mall at Millennia charity. All proceeds (100%) benefit the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund, a fantastic organization which provides mammogram screenings for concerned patients. Several restaurants offered free food to attendees (those that have purchased a ticket as a donation) as well as coupons and drinks such as PINK lemonade to donors. Knowing about their philanthropic contributions, you may wish to dine out at the participating restaurants: Brio Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Earls Kitchen + Bar, and P.F. Chang’s.

What can you expect if you decide to attend Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out. next year, or any other breast cancer awareness charity event? Flocks of women dancing to cherish life, many humble guests that want to show their support, great food, a terrific live band, and ideally a feeling of wholesomeness as you spend for the exclusive benefit of others in need.

Please enjoy a few photos that we took at the event, and if you would like more information about future events, please check out or the Florida Hospital website for upcoming chances to make a difference.

Mall at Millenia Charity
Breast Cancer Awareness Event Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out. with my wife in the middle and my mother in law on the right.
Pink Out. Rock Out. Dine Out.
Attorney Jonathan Jacobs at Mall at Millenia charity event

Jonathan Jacobs is a family law, criminal defense, estate planning, landlordtenant and auto accident attorney. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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Help with Legal Documents Florida

Help With Legal Documents Florida

One of the best ways for a  lawyer to build a relationship with his clients is by helping new clients fill out important legal forms. Helping clients with legal documents Florida often arises when a client does not have the financial means to engage an attorney complete all of the document preparation for them. One of the best solutions to this dilemma is for a lawyer/attorney to assist those indigent clients with filling out the legal forms they need help with. Need help with legal documents Florida? You are welcome to contact the Jacobs Law Firm today.

By providing help filing legal documents Florida, the attorney and client will both be rewarded with the opportunity become familiar with a variety of legal forms, the questions posed by the courts, and develop an understanding of the documents a client must furnish in order to complete the discovery portions of forms. Sometimes, half the battle is advising clients to bring in the proper documentation, and that may involve offering instructions on how to obtain those documents. By teaching others how to fill out the forms (not by telling them how to answer), and answering client questions, the attorney will develop a sense of confidence and awareness of frequently asked client questions. In order to answer these questions, the attorney and the client should use their common sense and life experience. However, if any of the questions linger in his mind as a little trickier than he had anticipated, the attorney will ask a colleague or alternatively research the answer on an attorney research site.

Help Filing Legal Documents Florida

Help Filing Legal Documents Florida: What Forms Can My Attorney Help Me With?

What forms are commonly filled out with the guidance of an attorney? Forms such as child support modification requests, financial affidavits for divorcing spouses, workplace discrimination complaints, new business formation filings, and more. Filling out these forms can be made much easier for clients, meaning the lawyer can demystify the questions and clarify the scope of the answer for people.

Ultimately, clients that are working on a shoestring budget (they have three kids, just lost their job and are going through a marital dissolution) might consider asking the Jacobs Law Firm law  to work with them on filling out vital required forms at a reduced rate to ensure affordability insofar as that is possible. The client will receive the help they need with mandatory forms, and an attorney can benefit from getting the experience required to perform advanced legal tasks.

If you are a future or current client who needs help with legal documents Florida, or help filing legal documents Florida, but find legal help unaffordable, ask our firm for help. The experience will be mutually beneficial.

Divorce Mediation in Clermont FL

Divorce Mediation Clermont

Divorce Mediation in Clermont FL, Divorce Mediation in Orlando, Why Mediate and not Go to Trial?

Divorce Mediation is generally ordered by the Judge in each family law case to allow the parties a full and fair opportunity to reach a resolution before appearing before the court. Divorce mediation (includes issues such as paternity, child support, time sharing, or property and asset distribution) is uniquely yours (provided the court agrees). It is of the parties, by the parties, and for the parties. Let’s be honest, court dockets in many areas are flooded with cases that require the court’s time and availability, which may be in limited supply. Essentially, divorce mediation is often ordered by the court to see if the parties can resolve their legal differences on their OWN terms. Usually, it is the parents themselves that know what is best for their children. In divorce mediation in Clermont FL, and divorce mediation in Orlando, the dynamic of your case will be unique, and require a great deal of attention and preparation from your family law attorney. Jonathan Jacobs is a family law divorce attorney in Clermont FL.

Generally speaking, the terms of the parties’ agreement in mediation is legally binding even if it is not identical to what the court itself would have ordered. This means that mediation can allow the parties to arrive at their own reasonable legal solutions based on the unique needs of their work schedules and economic circumstances. If the parties are successful, an agreement can be reached and enforced by the court. If the mediated settlement agreement (technical term of art abbreviated as MSA) is deemed unenforceable by the court, a hearing and/or trial will be necessary.

Family Law Divorce Mediation

If the parties have not agreed to or scheduled divorce mediation on their own volition, that likely means the Judge in their case has decided mediation is in the best interest of the parties (divorcing spouses and their children, if any). Mediation is often not in the front of litigants’ minds, but that does not mean it does not work, or that the parties cannot be successful participants in the process. The mediation process can be effective and produce a lasting agreement. Keep an open mind when you hear the word “mediation.” It is not punishment to the parties, rather it is the court’s way of providing an opportunity for resolution without the interjection of a referee. If you would like to speak with a family law attorney who helps clients with divorce mediation in Orlando, and divorce mediation in Clermont FL, contact the Jacobs Law Firm today!

Divorce Mediation in Orlando

What Are The Benefits Of Family Law Divorce Mediation Clermont?

I have written a partial list of the benefits of mediation. This is not a full list because family law mediation can bring about a wide variety of outcomes. A blog article cannot fully account for the realities of life and family law court.

  1. If ordered by the Court/Judge, mediation can save the parties money. This means more money for the parties and/or their children. If the mediator is furnished by the court, the parties will not be responsible for costs beyond the legal representation they choose and/or the court fees associated with the proceedings ($60-$100 is generally the cost of a court-appointed mediator for the partie. The price varies from county to county, but it is relatively low when compared with the cost of trial or hiring a private mediator which may be necessary depending on the combined income of the parties).
  2. Mediation allows the parties to decide their own family issues on terms that make sense to them. As long as your agreement is not unlawful or unenforceable, it will be respected by the court and will likely become legally binding. If done correctly, the choice is in the hands of the parties, not the Judge.
  3. Mediation can allow the parties to avoid having to litigate the legal issues such as child support, alimony, and time-sharing. Litigation is often time-consuming, expensive, and can be quite emotionally exhgausting.
  4. Mediation may allow the parties to air out their grievances in a confidential (unless you consent to the mediator discussing your positions with the other side) environment in order to attempt to reach a settlement that will have the least negative impact on their family, and ideally prevent the mutual alienation and frustration of the parties.

Family Law Divorce Attorney in Clermont FL: Can I Win My Case In Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is not necessarily about “winning” your case. In fact, people are often deeply hurt by having to go through the legal process during marital dissolution. It might not feel like you have won your case, but if both parties can reach a fair resolution that respects the needs and goals of each side, then perhaps everyone can be said to have “won” mediation. This is your opportunity to settle your legal case on your terms without causing any further difficulty. In divorce mediation in Clermont, FL, by both parties working out their differences with a little help from the mediator and the divorce attorney(s), everybody can benefit. Jonathan Jacobs, Esq., is a family law divorce attorney in Clermont FL.

Family Law Divorce Attorney in Clermont FL

Divorce Mediation in Orlando: How Do I Prepare For Mediation?

The best way to prepare for your mediation is to ensure that you have complied with court orders, reviewed your documents for accuracy, and will be open to considering a mutually beneficial outcome. Know the facts of your case. Understand that mediation is not in theory designed to favor one party, or to provide some unilateral victory. Rather, mediation is designed to forestall or prevent further litigation, and to (ideally) provide both parties with some of their demands/needs, as opposed to awarding one party everything they want. Keep an open mind and a stout heart. Remember that family comes first and minimizing the emotional and financial impact on your family(ies) is the real goal. Contact the Jacobs Law Firm, family law divorce attorney in Clermont FL today.