The Orlando Law Group

Litigation

Our attorneys have extensive experience in a wide range of civil litigation, including actions involving personal injury, insurance, professional liability, real estate, construction, and more. While we believe in settling when it is appropriate for our clients, we also believe that there are some cases that should not be settled. Our lawyers can handle all aspects of litigation.

Our attorneys have past experience practicing insurance defense. They defended hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, and surgery centers in medical malpractice claims. They also defended insurance companies regarding slip and falls, product liability and car accidents. Because of this experience, we know how insurance companies think. Additionally, we have the experience to effectively and aggressively litigate your case.

It is important to remember that there are statutes of limitations that apply to personal injury cases. This means that there is a time limit in which you can pursue a lawsuit. For this reason, it is recommended that you contact an attorney without delay to protect your right to file a lawsuit.

Service Offerings:

  • Appellate
  • Business Disputes
  • Landlord Tenant Litigation
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • E-Discovery & Information Management
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • State & Local Litigation
  • Trusts, Estates, Guardianship & Other Fiduciary Litigation

Meet Your OLG Attorneys

Jennifer A. Englert

Jennifer A. Englert
Attorney & Managing Partner
(407) 512-4394
jenglert@theorlandolawgroup.com

Kimberly E. Hosley

Christie Mitchell

Jeffrey W. Smith

Sophia Dean

Brian T. Dunmire

Wendy Hernandez O’Donnell

Wendy Hernandez O’Donnell
Attorney
(407) 512-4394
wodonnell@theorlandolawgroup.com

Nicole Rofé

Cameron White


Cameron White
Senior Attorney
(407) 512-4394
cwhite@theorlandolawgroup.com

Jarrod Etheridge


Jarrod Etheridge
Attorney
(407) 512-4394
jetheridge@theorlandolawgroup.com

Marsha Summersill


Marsha Summersill
Attorney
(407) 512-4394
msummersill@theorlandolawgroup.com

Unfortunately, many people are finding that they are unable to pay their monthly credit card bills. This is not a surprise in today’s economy. Many people have lost their jobs or have high mortgage payments due to the structure of their mortgage. So, what happens if you can’t make your minimal payments toward your credit card balances? The collection efforts begin…

Usually, you will first receive a statement reflecting that you are 30 days late. You will also have a late payment penalty fee. Additionally, your interest rate will likely increase. As the months go by the fees will continue to be added and your account will be closed. The creditor will report your delinquency to the credit bureaus. The calls will also start. You will start receiving numerous calls requesting payments. These calls can be harassing at times. There are laws in place to protect debtors from these harassing calls but sadly some creditors continue to harass debtors while knowingly violating these laws.

After months of not making payments and receiving penalty fees, increased interest rates, and numerous phone calls, what happens next? Usually, this is when you will be served. Yes, the dreaded lawsuit. Creditors will either retain outside counsel or use in-house counsel. You will be served with a Complaint for breach of contract and/or account stated. In Florida, you will have 20 days to Answer the Complaint. If you do not Answer the Complaint within the 20 days, you will receive a default judgment.

What happens after the default judgment? The creditor will try to collect from you. Either by garnishing wages, placing a lien on your property, and/or freezing your bank account. So if you can’t afford your credit card payments, you should consider speaking with a professional to protect you from the consequences.

Many people fear the estate tax even though they do not know much about it or who exactly has to pay it. However no matter how little you know about it, I am sure you would be surprised to know that the heirs of George Steinbrenner, billionaire owner of the Yankees and boss of George Constanza for Seinfeld fans, who recently died could end up paying no federal estate tax because there is no federal estate tax in place for this year.

In 2009 Steinbrenner’s heirs would have had to pay 45 percent on the bulk of his estate in taxes. Next year, the tax is set to return to a 55 percent rate; although, there is at least one bill in Congress trying to lower that percentage right now.

The prior estate tax bill had the tax disappearing in 2010 to return the next year. Everyone thought there would be a temporary measure passed for 2010, but it never happened. It is possible an estate tax will be reinstated this year and applied retroactively, but that will cause its own problems.

The Obama administration has proposed renewing the estate tax at its 2009 level which is 45 percent with the first $3.5 million of an individual estate ($7 million per couple) transferred tax-free. The House passed such a measure last year. As it is now if no law is changed the tax will affect estates of one million dollars and over which is not difficult to reach especially if a large life insurance policy is involved.

No matter what the limits turn out to be, there are ways to avoid estate taxes and many of these can help you avoid probate as well which is something for another blog entry but is something to also be thinking about. Stay tuned to our blog and we will keep you updated on what the decision is if one is ever made. And by the way, go Yankees!

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