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Practice Areas

My practice areas are Family Law – helping spouses and parents resolve their divorce, property, support and children’s issues, and preparing pre and post-nuptial agreements; and Estate Planning – helping couples and individuals plan for their death or possible incapacity, so that their needs, and the well-being of their children and other family members are protected.

An important focus of my Family Law work is helping your resolve matter outside of Court; and for Estate Planning, focusing on putting in place plans that address your and your family’s needs, and also working to help prevent conflict among your family members if you become incapacitated or when you pass away.

Family Law

You can visit the Family Law pages listed here (below). Family Law covers divorce and the many issues that are important in a divorce, as well as child support, time-sharing/child custody in paternity matters; and also the process of how to go about resolving your divorce or other family law matter.

In my opinion, the process of how you get divorced or resolve other family law issues can end being more important than the substantive legal issues in the matter. The pages for Collaborative Law, Mediation, Co-Mediation, and Uncontested Divorce address ways to settle family law matters outside of court.

DivorceCollaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is an out of court way to resolve a divorce, with multiple research projects regarding this process showing 90% rates of full settlement. It is based on a multi-disciplinary team of professionals guiding you through a process, in which both of you commit to full disclosure, and to seek a resolution fair to both of you. It’s not always free of conflict, but it can lead to less conflict.

Co-Mediation

Co-Mediation is a process, like Mediation, in which you meet with a mediator who works to help you resolve issues, but we used two mediators – one an attorney and one a mental health professional, and add in as needed other professional, for example a neutral financial professional or forensic accountant to analyze financial issues in the case. The neutral professional brings added expertise, and often that expertise and also their being a neutral party can help in arrive in an easier resolution – for example when a neutral accountant analyses the income of a business, and gives one or both spouses more certainty regarding that issue. Often the cost of the professional is in effect offset by the time and money each spouse would spend if they hired attorneys and separate financial professionals to look at an issue. Co-Mediation can involve both clients being represented by an attorney, or each of you participating without an attorney.

MediationEnforcement and Modification

As the titles suggests, this area deals with enforcing or modifying a court order or agreement – for example a marital settlement agreement or parenting plan. My practice focuses on helping your do this outside of litigation, through settlement between you and the other person or through your attorneys, or mediation or collaborative law.

Other Family LawEstate Planning

Estate Planning deals with how you will pass on your assets in the event of your death and planning to provide for your family; and planning for what happens in the event you are incapacitated, so that your medical and other needs are provided for, and your assets are managed how you would want, via appointment of a power of attorney and sometimes trustee of a trust. Often, a significant element estate planning is passing on assets to your spouse or children so that they are protected from the claims of future creditors, being lost in a divorce, or lost early, for example if a child inherits assets outright at the age of 18.

Child & Family Planning

This area focusses on planning to be sure your minor children are raised by whom and how you want, if you become incapacitated or pass away.

Estate Tax Planning

This topic deals with minimizing estate taxes if the value of your assets is or may be above the estate tax exemption (currently $15.8 million per person); and also the next topic, passing on retirement accounts in the best way.

Retirement Account Planning

There are fairly new rules regarding how many years somehow who inherits an retirement account has to take withdrawals, and therefore pay income tax on the funds in an inherited retirement account. It is often important also to plan for when an heir, for example a child, can access all of the funds in an inherited retirement account, and potentially protecting the funds from creditors or other risks.

Collaborative Estate Law

Just as for family law disputes like divorces or child custody issue, I am convinced that in Court, litigating is not the best place for families dealing with a conflict after a loved one dies. Resolving estate and probate issues via Collaborative law involves resolving those issues by meetings among family members, with attorneys trained as collaborative lawyers to seek results fair to all and led by a trained facilitator; and with neutral professionals as needed, e.g. professionals to address disputes regarding the value of assets, business issue, tracing how funds have been used, or other disputes.

Client Reviews
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Attorney Steven Blumenthal and his law firm were eager to help me settle a complicated child support case. Steven made every effort to keep me involved and informed of all the options available and the possible outcomes. He took my predicament seriously and made every effort to resolve it in the best interest of the children. I will recommend Steven to all my friends in South Florida looking for a family law attorney. A.R.
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Very intelligent and trustworthy I like him gives great advice you really don't have to think of anything he'll handle it all. Steven C.
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Steven Blumenthal did OUTSTANDING representation for me. I had to move to Texas so he represented me from FLORIDA, for the entire length of my divorce. I didn't have the luxury of meeting in person for our discussions/reviews of our case, but Steve was ALWAYS 10 steps ahead of me, and on point with every concern. Unlike other attorneys where they have paralegals handle bulk of gathering information, Steve Blumenthal gathered all information himself, so never was there any confusion or loss of data... Monica S.
Broward County Bar Association
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Expertise
The Florida Bar
Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida
Collaborative Family Law Institute