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Breast Cancer Awareness

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.

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.

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 Eventbrite.com 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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Divorce Papers Orlando

One of the best ways for a divorce attorney Orlando and family lawyer Orlando to build a relationship with his clients is by helping them fill out mandatory legal documents. Helping clients with  divorce papers Orlando often arises when a client does not have the financial means to engage an attorney to complete all of the document preparation for them. One of the best solutions to this dilemma is for a lawyer to assist those clients with filling out the legal forms they need help with such as the financial affidavit and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit. Need help with your family law papers? Contact the Jacobs Law Firm today at 407-335-8113.

By providing help with divorce papers in Orlando, the family law 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 helping litigants fill out their divorce or paternity papers 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.

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

Ultimately, clients that are working on a small budget (they have three kids, just lost their job and are going through a marital dissolution) might consider asking the Jacobs Law Firm 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 affordable family law attorney can benefit from gaining the trust of clients in the community.

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.

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Divorce Mediation Orlando

Divorce mediation Orlando 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 may involve issues such as paternity, child support, timesharing, as well as property and asset distribution. Mediation is intended to be voluntary and to afford the parties an opportunity to finalize their case on their own terms. If you need to retain a family law attorney for your divorce or paternity mediation, call us at 407-335-8113.

Court dockets in many counties are flooded with cases that require the court’s time and availability, which may be in limited supply. Essentially, divorce mediation Orlando 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 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 had the case gone to trial. 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 once accepted and ratified by the court. If the mediated marital settlement agreement (technical term of art abbreviated as MSA) is deemed unenforceable by the court, a hearing and/or trial will be necessary.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation Orlando

If the parties have not agreed to divorce mediation Orlando on their own volition, that likely means the Judge in their case will likely decide 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!

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 parties. 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 exhausting.
  4. Divorce mediation Orlando 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.

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 attorney Clermont Florida.

Divorce Mediation in Orlando: How To 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 is the real goal. Contact the Jacobs Law Firm, family law attorney in Clermont FL today at 407-335-8113