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By: Peggy Senentz on Apr 4, 2017

The arrival of children to a family is always a time of great transition and joy. While many parents are concerned with learning the best way to care for young children, planning for their child's long term care and security in the event of a death of a parent is equally important. In this informative and helpful article, Attorney Everist shares the unique legal considerations for young family planning.

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Adoption Options for Family Formation

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By: Peggy Senentz on Mar 3, 2017

Attorney Senentz reviews different types of adoptions available for family formation. This article reviews the types of adoptions available under Florida law and provides helpful practice tips to best understand the complexity of each of the options.

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Clarie Law Supports Gulf Beaches Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament

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By: Peggy Senentz on Mar 3, 2017

On March 4, 2017, Attorney Peggy Clarie Senentz, Esquire joined by three other woman golfers played in the Gulf Beaches Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament. This annual event raises scholarship money for young adults so they may attend summer camp programs. Peggy was joined by fellow golf team members Kristen Pierce, Brittany Davenport and Vicky Payne. The event was a huge success raising funds to help local children in our St. Petersburg area.

Celebrate Make -A-Will Month!

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By: Peggy Senentz on Mar 3, 2017

In this article, learn why Make-A-Will Month is an important month to celebrate and learn about Florida's newly passed Digital Asset Law.

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Use the Official IRS App IRS2GO To Prepare and File Taxes

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2017

On February 2, 2017, IRS launched the official IRS free app called IRS2GO for taxpayers so they may use their smart phones and tablets to prepare and file their taxes. In addition to filing taxes, the app has other benefits including the ability to track the status of a refund. Read below to learn more about this app and also how to download.

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Attorney Senentz Lectures at “Family Law… What Do You Do When”..? Educational Seminar

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By: Peggy Senentz on Jan 1, 2017

On January 19, 2017, Attorney Senentz spoke in Tampa, FL at the " 2017 Family Law... What Do You Do When....? " Seminar hosted by NBI, Inc. She presented two programs with one entitled "To Navigate Through Tough Adoption Situations and Assisted Reproductive Technology Situations" and on the topic of "When Parental and Third Party Rights are Disputed". In most cases, parental rights are constitutionally protected rights and her presentations focused upon the treatment of these constitutional rights in termination of parental rights proceedings, both in voluntarily and involuntarily actions. Attorney Senentz reviewed complex adoption situations including Adoption Interventions and Second Parent Adoptions as examples of the application of constitutional principles in action under Florida case law.

Clarie Law Attorneys attend Hillsborough County Chapter Fl. State Guardian Association Jan. Meeting

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By: Peggy Senentz on Jan 1, 2017

Attorney Matthew D. Clarie, Esquire and Peggy Clarie Senentz, Esquire attended the January 2017 Meeting of the Hillsborough County Chapter of the Florida State Guardian Association or FSGA. The meeting highlighted Wealth Management Strategies To Benefit the Ward. The presentation by Mr. Jeffrey Granoff, reviewed the many financial considerations which are reviewed when a Guardian is planning for the Ward's needs.

3 Estate Planning New Year Resolutions For You To Do In 2017

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By: Peggy Senentz on Jan 1, 2017

The dawn of the 2017 leads to many of us creating New Year Resolutions in search of greater happiness, health and wealth. These resolutions should include estate planning and while not as exciting as weight loss or discovering a new romance, well drafted and current estate planning can increase the wealth passed to your heirs and bring reassurance that your wishes will be carried out upon your death or incapacity. This article reviews 3 (three) estate planning resolutions for you to do in 2017. They are simple to do and the benefit life changing.

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Attorney Senentz Speaks on the Enactment of Florida’s Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset Act

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By: Peggy Senentz on Dec 12, 2016

On December 6, 2016, Peggy Clarie Senentz of Clarie Law Offices, P.A. of South Pasadena, FL presented a program entitled “ The Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, F. S. § 740: The Management and Distribution of your Digital Assets Legacy” to the St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary Club of District 6960; Club # 4287. The presentation provided a review of the recently enacted legislation now codified under Florida Statute § 740 effective July 01, 2016 and outlined three ways a person can plan for the management and passage of their digital assets when they are unable to manage them under this Act.

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Thanksgiving Fun: Trivia and Activities

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By: Peggy Senentz on Nov 11, 2016

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the attorneys and staff at Clarie Law Offices, P.A. wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. We appreciate your business and the many referrals we receive, thank you! We share with you Thanksgiving trivia and activities that hopefully you may enjoy at your own special Thanksgiving celebrations.

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Attorney Clarie Lectures For Justice Teaching Program At St Paul’s Catholic School

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By: Peggy Senentz on Nov 11, 2016

Attorney Clarie being another year as offering instruction in the Justice Teaching Program at St. Paul's Catholic School in St. Petersburg Florida. This program provides instruction to middle school students and helps students apply advanced legal concepts and the State and Federal Constitutions to current events.

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How do Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) and a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) Differ?

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By: Peggy Senentz on Oct 10, 2016

This post explores one of the most commonly asked questions I receive as an estate planning attorney as to the difference between a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) and a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). Each of these documents accomplish different purposes and are created by different people. However, both are important to consider when a person is creating an estate plan. Read below to learn more.

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Attorney Senentz is a Panel Speak for Attorney’s Role in Access to Justice Seminar

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By: Peggy Senentz on Oct 10, 2016

Attorney Senentz was honored to serve as a speaker in a panel discussion on the topic of the attorney's role in access to justice in family law. The panel discussion was part of a seminar hosted on October 13, 2016 by Bay Area Legal Services held at the Safety Harbor and Spa, Palm Harbor which explored the use of limited representation agreements to assist family law clients who lacked the resources to retain private counsel. The use of limited representation agreements is an effective way for individual who may lack the funds to hire an attorney for the full duration of the case to obtain limited legal representation on narrowly defined issues. Our family law attorneys at Clarie Law Offices located both in our South Pasadena and Tampa offices are familiar with the requirements for the use of an limited representation agreement and Attorney Senentz was pleased to her experience with others in our legal community.

Attorney Senentz Attends Review of Economic Outlook 2016 Seminar

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By: Peggy Senentz on Oct 10, 2016

Many times clients express high concerns of market volatility and reactive tendencies during a presidential election year and how these election and market events will impact their estate planning. These fears are further fueled by the non stop coverage of the campaigns for our Presidential candidates and can often time create a feeling of worry and uncertainty as the United States prepares for change in the Office of the President of the United States. A common concern shared with me as an estate planning attorney are questions on how any change of leadership may affect the calculation of the Federal Estate Tax. Attorney Senentz values her commitment to providing to clients the most recent projection of the economic trends and review of the legislative trends which historically have accompanied presidential election cycles. Change is usually unsettling for anyone but the creation and development of well thought out plan, both for estate planning and investment strategies, can assist to minimize the risk to clients in the ever volatile presidential election year. Attorney Senentz and all our attorneys at Clarie Law Offices are available to review your current estate plan and also to provide assistance to you to develop strategies to best protect your legacy to your heirs. Remember, election ads are meant to make you react with emotion and motivate you to choose a side, a well thought out estate plan is designed to bring you peace of mind and comfort. I will vote for the estate plan anytime.

Is the Activity Waiver I Sign on Behalf of My Child Enforceable?..... Maybe

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By: Peggy Senentz on Sep 9, 2016

As a parent, I am asked to sign many waivers before my child participates in a commercial activity such as trampoline jumping, zip-lining or laser tag game. Many of these activities are fun and enjoyed by my children but they do hold inherent risk. The waivers I am asked to sign ask me as the parent on behalf of my child to release the commercial provider from any claim or cause of action which may happen to the child when participating in the activity. These waivers under the law are called a pre-activity waiver Under Florida law, a pre-activity waiver is enforceable when it is related to injury, death, or property damage arising from an inherent risk in the activity and parents can execute these waivers on behalf of their minor children. It is important to know what you are signing and what rights you are waiving on behalf of your child. This article explores if you as a parent should sign the waiver and the treatment of these waivers under Florida Statute. It further provides an action plan known as RAAMD which a parent can use when asked by a commercial provider to sign a pre-activity waiver so you as the parent can make the best decision in order to protect your child. After all, my son wants to go zip-lining and happy child generally means happy mom.

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Masterson Inn Barney-B-Que

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By: Misa Everist on Jun 6, 2016

Claire Law Office sponsored the Barney Masterson Inn of Court annual barbecue, "Barney-B-Que", at Green Bench Brewery on April 4, 2016.

Masterson Inn Annual Banquet

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By: Misa Everist on Jun 6, 2016

Claire Law Office sponsored the Barney Masterson Inn of Court Annual Banquet at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on June 9, 2016.

The Presumption of Undue Influence

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By: Misa Everist on Jun 6, 2016

The Presumption of Undue Influence

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Legal Options for Relatives Caring for Minor Children

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By: Peggy Senentz on May 5, 2016

Many times relatives serve as physical custodians for children of relatives. Florida Statute contains several ways a relative may establish formal legal custody of the minor child(ren) in their care, including Adoption, Temporary Custody of Minor Child by Family Member, Dependency and Guardianship. Formal legal recognition of the rights of the caregiver over the child(ren) in their physical custody is provided by the Court after notice and hearing to the parties. Read below to learn more about this options and contact Clarie Law Offices, P.A. if you would like to learn more about the statutory ways to formalize your rights as a relative caregiver.

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Attorney Senentz to speak at   May 20th “It Takes a Village”  Legal Seminar

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By: Peggy Senentz on May 5, 2016

Attorney Senentz will speak on the topic of "Other Legal Options: Adoption, Guardianship or Dependency" as part of the 'It Takes a Village" Legal Options for Attorneys Representing Relatives Caring for Minor Children.
The Seminar is presented by Bay Area Legal Services and Community Law Program. In addition to Ms. Senentz speaking, the seminary will offer a mock Florida Statute Chapter 751 hearing lead by the Honorable James V. Pierce.
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Duties a Personal Representative has to Estate Creditors

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By: Peggy Senentz on Mar 3, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court has issued a recent case of Jones v. Golden which clarifies a conflict between judicial circuits as to the treatment of the Personal Representative providing notice to known and reasonable ascertainable creditor in an estate proceeding. Peggy Senentz, Esquire provides in the attached article an overview of this important case. Ms. Senentz provides recommendations to attorneys representing a Personal Representative so their client may be in full compliance with the Court's holding.

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Attorney D’Arcy Clarie Receives Professionalism Award

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By: Peggy Senentz on Mar 3, 2016

Attorney D'Arcy R. Clarie receives the 2015 Professionalism Award from the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

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Attorney Senentz To Present on “The Probate Process from Start to Finish”

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2016

Attorney Senentz will be speaking at the upcoming NBI seminar "The Probate Process from Start to Finish" scheduled for May 31, 2016 in Spring Hill, FL.

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Attorneys Show Support for the Sgt. Jessie Davila Memorial Golf Classic

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2016

On February 22, 2016, Clarie Law Offices Attorneys D'Arcy R. Clarie and Peggy Clarie Senentz, joined by father and son teammates Cooper and Michael Petagna, participated in the 2016 2nd Annual Sgt. Jessie Davila Memorial Golf Classic held at Chi-Chi Rodriquez Golf Course in Clearwater, FL.

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2015 Adoption Case Law Update

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2016

2015 Adoption Case Law Update

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Attorney Senentz Presents on Tax Consequences of Trust

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By: Peggy Senentz on Aug 8, 2015

National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar Estate Planning and Administration

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Bingo Night Sponsorship of Alzheimer’s Walk for Life

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By: Peggy Senentz on Jul 7, 2015

Clarie Law Offices sponsors Bingo Night!

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2013 Adoption Case Law Update

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2014

2013 ADOPTION CASE LAW UPDATE

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Medical Marijuana

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By: Peggy Senentz on Feb 2, 2014

Medical Pot on Ballot: Children at Risk from Pot

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Second Parent Adoptions

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By: Peggy Senentz on Jul 7, 2013

Florida Courts are now entering adoption orders that allow a homosexual partner of a biological or adoptive parent to adopt a child. This process recognizes those existing family units and provides children of homosexual couples with all the legal protections available to adopted children of heterosexual couples.

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