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Lawrence Gibney’s Legal Guides

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  • Parental Notification in an Adoption

    In any adoption situation, the issue of what notice must be given is always an issue. This guide will focus on the requirements of Florida law, which is where I primarily practice, but may be applicable in other jurisdictions. The consent of the natural parents is usually requir...

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  • The ABCs of Step Parent Adoptions

    A step parent adoption usually occurs when the custodial parent has had very little contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time. Typically the mother is the custodial parent and the father is the non-custodial parent. The mother has now remarried to a pe...

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  • Can I Adopt my Adult Stepchld?

    The answer is Yes. Usually the situation arises when a person has been raised by another person and after the child becomes an adult, all the parties agree that an adoption should occur to formalize the relationship. This normally occurs when a new husband has raised someone's c...

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  • ABCs of Social Security Disability's Five Step Sequential Evaluation

    When the Social Security Administration evaluates a claim for disability benefit, a five step sequential evaluation process is used. If the answer at any step is an unfavorable answer, the process stops and you are declared not disabled. In this process the Social Security Admini...

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  • Common Abbreviations in Social Security Disability Claims

    Social Security uses its own jargon when discussing a disability claim and here are some of the most commonand these arefollowed by a general definition: SSI (Supplemtal Security Income or Title XVI) SSDI (Disablity or Title II benefits) SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity) R...

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  • SSI versus SSDI

    Whenever a person applies for disablity benefits, the Social Security Adminsitration will have the person apply for two types of benefits: Supplemental Seucrity Income or SSI and Social Security Disablity Benefits or Title II benefits. There are significant differences between th...

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  • Can my Social Security Benefits be Garnished?

    Garnishment is a process by which a creditor (credit card, car loan etc) is allowed withdraw money from your account because of a debt. There are certainsteps that the creditor must take before that can happen and there are certain limits on the amount that can be taken. The ques...

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  • Is an Attorney always needed in a Social Security case?

    Often a potential Social Security client will cal my office after initially being denied and seek my assistance in prosecuting the appeal of the case. The question that arises is at what point is an attorney needed to help a potential Social Security applicant. I have had potenti...

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  • Do You Have a Trademark?

    A common mistake among business owners is failing to protect the assets of their business. There are physical, tangible assets, and then there are the more abstract, but just as important, intangible assets. One of the most frequently overlooked intangible assets is the trademar...

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  • One Significant Change to the Patent Law - The First to File

    Congress recently enacted and the President signed a major overhaul to the Patent Statute, called the . There were siginificant changes to the Patent Statute and perhpas the most discussed in the "first to file" change. Prior to this legislation the United States had a adopted a...

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