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Another Successful Michael Shields Memorial, Project LIFT Wins!!!

2011 Logo - Blue RJ Ferraro and a group of buddies founded the Michael Shields Memorial Fishing Tournament to benefit local charities while celebrating the life of their friend.  This year, with a Full Blood Moon and a mullet run in full swing, Anglers on the Treasure Coast fished to benefit the troubled youth of Martin County’s Project LIFT on September 25 and 26.  The Tournament opened with a Captains Reception at River Palm Cottages in Jensen Beach.  With over 400 in attendance, 176 anglers, 144 fished caught and over $35,000 in net proceeds to Project LIFT, the tournament was a huge success! 

 

The Michael Shields Memorial caters to inshore fishermen of all levels.  Even novices can compete as gold and platinum sponsors are paired with the area’s top fishing guides to… Continue reading

Can A Tiger Change Its Stripes? Some Good News For Tiger Woods

dad and sonWhen you get a divorce and only see your children part of the time, it is only natural to wonder how your kids are doing when they are with the other parent. In cases where the parties can work together and co-parent, the result is a happier and healthier child who respects authority and parental decisions. This is true even in the case of celebrity divorce, where questions of parenting are often in the spotlight.

In the case of Tiger Woods, most people know the story of how and why his divorce was initiated. It isn’t easy to forget the breaking news that the golfer had wrecked his SUV, and it was later revealed his now ex-wife had come after him with a golf club. So just what does Tiger’s ex have to say about his parenting. You might be surprised to… Continue reading

A Victory For Same Sex Visitation Rights

child's painted handChild custody and visitation are typically the most important issues to resolve in a divorce with kids. Finances are a close second, and are usually intermingled with issues regarding your children. This is because making sure your kids are taken care of and maintain a healthy relationship with both parents is a key goal of any family law matter. It is always best if the parents are able to enter a successful post marriage arrangement for visitation and custody, but this is not always the case. All too often the parties allow their emotions to run over and impact the kids, which may include preventing visitation in an attempt to “get back at” the ex. In the end, this type of behavior is more harmful to the children and does not allow families to move forward by taking positive steps post-divorce.

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How To Leverage Technology In A Divorce

computer cordsStories about how social media can impact a divorce proceeding are becoming more frequent. In most instances, the result is negative. This is due to the use of incriminating posts and photos on social media sites, which more and more Courts are allowing to be used as evidence in matters such as child support and visitation. But, there is a positive side to how technology affects your divorce case. Many sites exist that allow the parties to communicate and resolve issues when face to face conversations are either difficult to schedule or emotionally unpleasant.

 

Once such site, Sharekids.com, allows parents to schedule visitation and discuss important issues affecting their kids in a convenient and non-confrontational forum. Some important things to know about these types of sites include:

 

● Most include a nominal annual fee.

● Your ex-spouse may request the Court enter… Continue reading

How To Protect Your Electronic Data In A Divorce

flat keyboardOne of the nation’s largest agencies just admitted an employee’s emails are irretrievable due to a “computer crash”. The scandal at the IRS is significant, especially in an election year. So what lessons can you take away from the case? More importantly, is there anything you should be doing to protect your electronic data during a divorce?

A recent USA Today article faced this issue head on. The article includes helpful tips on what you can do to keep yourself, your passwords, and your data safe:

● Change your passwords! This is a vital step in reaching the goal of safeguarding your information from your soon to be ex-spouse. Many couples use the same password, or provide their spouse with the information. When you are splitting up, it is crucial to maintain your privacy. Emails can be misconstrued and possibly used against… Continue reading

Defense Of Marriage Act One Year Later

wedding ringsJust over a year ago the United States Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same sex marriage for issues like health insurance, taxes and immigration. The decision stopped short of legalizing same sex marriage, but had a widespread impact nonetheless. Now, a year later there are all sorts of lawsuits involving spousal rights and application of legal principles for same sex couples.

 

A news story gives an account of some of the more visible cases that are likely to shape the legal landscape on this important legal issue:

 

● The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision striking down Utah’s ban on same sex marriage.

● Other states, such as Oklahoma, have similar cases pending.

● Virginia has a case before the 4th Circuit and… Continue reading

Women’s Council of REALTORs “So What Does it Take to Become an Entrepreneur” Panel Discussion

Nina Ferraro Title InsuranceStuart Florida Title InsuranceNina Ferraro will be an event panelist at the Women’s Council of REALTORs, Stuart-Martin County Chapter “So, What Does it Take to Become an Entrepreneur,” on Thursday,  June 19, 2014, at the Piper’s Landing Clubhouse in Palm City, Florida.  A dynamic panel of professionals will enlighten real estate professionals on the ins and outs of starting a business.  The panelists will touch upon the legal, technological, financial, commercial and residential realities of start ups.

Not So Civil Divorce

woman covering earsTechnically a divorce proceeding is a civil case. But there are instances where the parties may not act so civilly. Divorces can be emotionally charged, and when one of the parties acts out on that emotion the need for a restraining order may arise. The attorneys at the Ferraro Law Group are able to identify when circumstances warrant a formal request that your ex-spouse be prohibited from contacting you as opposed to the ordinary emotions that go along with changing your family’s status. When necessary, we aggressively protect you and your family by seeking orders that keep you safe.

A recent news report tells the story of one Judge’s granting of a temporary restraining order against a well-known politician. Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was recently ordered to stay away from his wife of 24 years. Additionally, the Court gave temporary custody of the couple’s… Continue reading

James Ferraro Achieves a Martindale Hubbel AV Rating!

Stuart Civil LitigatorJames Ferraro was recently awarded an AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell!  A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Preeminent Legal Ability numerical rating.

The General Ethical Standards rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.Those lawyers who meet the “Very High” criteria of General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process.

Legal Ability ratings indicate professional ability within a specific area of practice. Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). These areas are:
 – Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)

Welcome Back Nina!

Stuart Florida Real Estate and Estate Planning AttorneyWe are excited to announce the return of attorney Nina L. Ferraro to the Ferraro Law Group. Nina assists clients throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches with commercial and residential real estate transactions, estate planning and title insurance.

Nina has practiced in Martin County for more than a decade. After attending the University of South Florida where she graduated magna cum laude, she received her juris doctorate from The Stetson University College of Law in 2001.

The Ferraro Law Group is a law firm with almost four decades of experience and a superior reputation on the Treasure Coast focusing in such practice areas as: high net worth divorce litigation, criminal defense and civil litigation. With the addition of Nina L. Ferraro, We have become a full service firm equipped to zealously represent you on all of your legal needs.

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