Estate Planning

When many people think of estate planning, they tend to think of a will that directs who their assets will be handled after they pass away. While a will is certainly an effective planning tool that is appropriate to use in many situations, there are many other legal tools available in estate planning that can protect assets, minimize tax liability, and potentially avoid the costs associated with the probate process. Some of the more common ways in which an experienced Estate lawyer can help create a comprehensive and effective estate plan are detailed below. For more information or answers to specific questions, call an estate planning attorney that practices law in your state.

Criminal Appeals

The legal system can be intimidating. Many defendants will accept their sentences and endure a lifetime of injustice. Frequently, when a criminal case is examined by a skilled Florida appellate attorney, potential causes for an inappropriate sentence are uncovered. The criminal appeal process is designed to give defendants another chance to present their cases in front of a higher court, such as the Florida Supreme Court.  Although there are many good reasons to seek a criminal appeal, some of the more common mistakes include sentences that were based on inappropriate evidence, prosecutorial errors, and more.  If you believe that you have been wrongly convicted of a crime, proving your innocence can be difficult. The Law Office of Karla D. Ellis has extensive experience in criminal appeals and postconviction appeals. Specifically, Ms. Ellis’s tremendous oratory presence in the appellate courts, coupled with her exhaustive legal research and talented writing skills, give Ms. Ellis the ability to accurately assess your specific case, determine which procedural track to follow, and recommend a course of action that will bring the most beneficial results.

Legislative Advocacy

The legislative process in Florida can be exciting and confusing.  The Law Office of Karla D. Ellis has extensive experience handling complex legislative issues. Specifically, Ms. Ellis’s work has included many aspects of legislative advocacy, including maintaining bill summaries, bill drafting, and bill monitoring.  Ms. Ellis is available to provide primary legislative counseling and lobby services to many individual clients as well as industry and trade groups. She also has extensive legislative drafting experience relative to health care; health care insurance; education; the state courts system; and children, families, and elder affairs.  The Law Office of Karla D. Ellis also has significant industry and technical experience and can strategically analyze proposed legislation and the ultimate implementation of new enactments.