How to Divorce a Foreign National When They Have Left the Country

When couples decide to divorce, they usually choose to live apart from one another for a period of time beforehand. While this can be a challenging time for anyone, it becomes especially problematic if your spouse is a foreign national. Prior to the official divorce proceedings, your spouse may choose to leave the U.S. and return to their home country, where they can find support from loved ones.  This can leave you stranded stateside, overwhelmed and unsure how to proceed. Yet, you are not without options or resources. Today, we’re explaining how to divorce a foreign national, and how our team can...

HEALS Act: What Does it Mean for Businesses?

While the CARES Act provided help for businesses during the beginning of the pandemic, many are still struggling as the United States continues to battle the Covid-19. New legislation unveiled last month, called the ‘HEALS Act’ is a $1 trillion stimulus package. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on businesses across the US and the world, but the HEALS Act works to combat that impact through loans, tax credits, and liability shields.   HEALS Act Extends the Payment Protection Program (PPP) The Payroll Protection Program, or PPP, aims to help small businesses who have been negatively impacted by...

Francis M. Boyer, B.C.S., 2020 Super Lawyer

If you’re a Florida resident, you’ve long recognized Francis M. Boyer as an experienced authority in international law. Yet, the principal attorney at the helm of Boyer Law Firm is far more than a trusted local expert. In fact, he is one of the most highly-regarded lawyers in the country, earning illustrious awards and being named to prestigious industry boards, including induction into the 2019-2020 class of Super Lawyers. Today, we’re sharing more about what this recent award means, as well as shedding light on a few other accolades Mr. Boyer has recently received. What Is Super Lawyers? Super Lawyers is a rating service that ranks attornies across...

Inheritance of Virtual Assets in Florida

We live in a world where almost every person owns digital valuables. In the past, movies, music, bills, receipts, photos, and other documents were commonly held in physical form. In the event of the death of the original owner, these items were inherited by the beneficiary. However, with rapid tech advances, many of us prefer virtual assets. While digital movies and music have many advantages, passing on these virtual assets is complicated as not every state has adopted laws addressing access to virtual assets when a user passes away. Most of the decisions regarding virtual inheritance are based on related...

USCIS Fees Change October, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a sweeping overhaul of immigration and naturalization benefit request fees. The changes come in the midst of a major budget crisis for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The revised fee schedule will take effect on October 2, 2020 and will increase costs for most applicants. Read on to learn more about the impact of these scheduled changes. Why Are USCIS Fees Changing? During a biennial review, the USCIS found that their current fee structure leaves them underfunded by roughly $1 billion per year. Since the USCIS is almost entirely...

What a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Can Do For You?

Estate planning is the process of planning the transfer of your assets to your heirs upon your death. Deciding how your wealth should be distributed among your loved ones isn’t easy. After all, estate planning is a complex process involving a series of decisions that affects the financial security of your family. In this blog, we explain the basics of estate planning. We will explore what it encompasses and how a Florida estate planning lawyer can help you make the best decisions. Estate Planning: What You Need to Know The estate planning process typically starts with a review of all...

Challenging a Prenuptial Agreement in Florida

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that defines what a married couple will receive in case of a divorce. In Florida, the Uniform Prenuptial Agreement Act (UPAA), adopted in 2007, governs prenuptial contracts. Couples enter into a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage to protect their assets. The contractual agreement specifies how property, assets and debt will be divided between the two partners in the event of a divorce. This contract can also protect the inheritance rights of children from a previous marriage. Prenuptial agreements can be challenged in court in certain situations. In this blog post, you will learn...

How Do Mechanic’s Liens Work?

A mechanic’s lien is a legal claim on unpaid compensation for work or goods provided. The company that performed work or delivered materials  can file a lien against property. The ensuring they will be paid first if the individual or company sells, refinances, or mortgages the property. For example, if a construction company remodels a home for $50,000 and the homeowner does not pay the bill, then a lien can be filed on the property. As a result, the construction company will receive sales proceeds to cover their losses, if the owner attempts to sell the house. As more businesses...

Child Support Obligations When Unemployed

The last four weeks, unemployment jobs claims have hit record highs. As of early July, 2020 a total of almost 1.3 million Americans are out of work. Unemployment causes stress over covering necessities like housing, utilities, and food costs. Child support obligations after a layoff or furlough can create additional anxiety. We’ll highlight what both parties can do to help alleviate the burden when unemployment due to COVID changes everything. Florida Law Concerning Child Support Obligations When a judge orders a parent to pay maintenance for the upbringing of his/her child(ren), that parent becomes a ‘maintenance debtor’. He/she is legally...

Virtual Trial: International Child Abduction

Spotlighted in a recent ABA Journal article, Boyer Law Firm is proud to have conducted its first fully-virtual federal trial. This was an international child abduction case, under the Hague Convention. Adapting to an ever-changing legal landscape is the bedrock on which our firm was founded. By staying on top of new technologies, we can be wherever our clients need us. This may be at home and around the world – even during a global pandemic.  Read on as we outline how our team of international law attorneys were able to help make history for our firm with bringing virtual...