Florida Court Litigation

We have dealt with complicated business and real estate litigation matters to help protect our client's rights. By way of example, a few years ago, we were contacted by a UK resident couple who had never visited nor had any connection at all to the USA.  This UK resident couple had found a US legal complaint on their doorstep after returning from a holiday.  This was a complaint brought by a US bank for foreclosure of a Florida property supposedly owned by them. Our clients sought to convince the lawyers for the bank that they had nothing to do with this, had no knowledge of this property, and that another British couple had been fraudulently using our clients' identities in purchasing the property with a US mortgage.  The mortgage wasn't paid and the bank was convinced our clients were the parties who had purchased the property and who owed the bank over $450,000. The Bank's lawyer's simply refused to listen to my clients until I was retained, and then made enquiries as to who had notarised the documents and made clear to the court that the bank was wrong to continue to pursue our clients.  Through searching online court filings of affidavits and documentary evidence for the copies of the fraudster's signatures client's names of thewhen none of the US public notaries who had notarised a number of documents for the fraudsters would agreed to provide us with copies of the photo identification they had seen years previously in the signing of the mortgage and purchase documents. Only the notary who was also a lawyer was happy to provide copies of the fraudsters' identification documents.  It took some months before the Florida judge finally dismissed the court case against my clients with the help of a US notary who was also a lawyer.   

 

 

Florida Personal Injury

USA Immigration

There is a whole alphabet soup of US visa and most US immigration firms do not offer representation in all types of US immigration visas.

 

Among the visas we do not handle are the following:

Fiancee visas

EB-5 visas

L-1 visas

K visas

H-1B visas

 

Please note we do not take on existing immigration applications.  Our immigration work is limited to representing individual and business clients in seeking waivers of ineligibility, spousal, or family-based permanent immigrant visas, and in obtaining EB-5 or E-2 investment visas.

 

In addition to the above areas of Florida law, our practice also includes the establishment of Florida and Ohio partnerships and corporations, the preparation of US Estate & Gift Tax (equivalent of IHT returns in the UK) returns for foreign estates holding US assets, Florida divorce or dissolution of marriage and family law, representation in the Florida federal courts, etc.  We are qualified to provide advice as to Florida and Ohio law and offer a Florida civil law notary notarial capacity.  In relation to US immigration, American lawyers qualified in any state are authorised to practice immigration law nationally. The preparation of US Estate & Gift Tax Returns is a federal and not state matter and returns can be prepared in relation to assets in any US state.

 

 

 

 

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Who can UK residents turn to for legal assistance in Florida matters?


It is not always easy knowing whom to turn to for legal assistance in the UK for UK legal matters, never mind when you may need assistance or advice in relation to foreign legal matters. 

 

Florida Property Purchases & Sales

We  represent US and foreign clients  in the sale and purchase of Florida villas, condominiums, and commercial property.  You may be told by Florida estate agents that you do not need your own lawyer.  However, you are making a very large purchase. The agents and title company have an interest solely in getting you the sign the contract.  They are not impartial.  So who is on your side?  Who is there to help ensure that you are not taken advantage of?  We have a range of services at different prices so that your legal interests are protected, and any estate planning can be addressed. 

Florida Estate Planning

 

We prepare Florida wills and trusts for both Americans and foreign nationals (mainly UK residents). Trusts should always be considered as they offer a valuable means of avoiding the high cost and long delay of a formal Florida probate, which is very different from UK probate. UK residents often need separate Florida estate planning documents to be drafted to take account of UK legal and tax ramifications such as the UK Finance Act 2006. Without the insertion of specific language, UK lifetime tax issues may result. Most US lawyers are unfamiliar with how to assist their clients to use the correct language to help avoid further cost and legal issues.

Florida Court Litigation

You may need to bring a claim or defend against a claim in Florida state or federal court. We have dealt with complicated business and real estate litigation matters to help protect our client's rights. In 2015/2016 we represented a UK client with no connections at all to the USA against a US bank which despite our client's misidentification defense had obtained a $400,000 default judgment. The Bank's lawyer's simply refused to listen to client until we were retained, made investigations, and made clear the bank's error through online court filings of affidavits and documentary evidence. 

Our Services

 

Our legal services in 

England & Wales :

    

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Please note that our services provided as an English notary public are very different from the service we provide as a commissioner of oaths in England & Wales.

Generally, the amount of work performed in acting as a commissioner of oaths in England & Wales in taking an oath is far less complex and time-consuming than is the case where a notarisation is required.

Please note that where you need documents to be recognised and effective abroad, then it is a notarisation which is to be performed.  Please note that If you need to send a document to be notarised in Australia or New Zealand or elsewhere in the Commonwealth, please note that the certification of a commissioner for oaths is generally not the equivalent of a notarised document and will likely be rejected in the United Kingdom. 

Our US federal legal services we

can provide nationally​:

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Save for the US federal legal services identified above, a US lawyer can only provide legal assistance to others in accordance with the law of the state or states where he or she is licensed. 

 

Kevin Michael Burke is a qualified lawyer in the states of Florida and Ohio.  

If you need legal assistance for matters involving the law of US states other than Florida or Ohio, we cannot assist you and you will need to search online for a lawyer referral service in that US state to find a lawyer. 

 

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Our US state legal services we can provide in Florida and Ohio matters:

      

Florida legal services:

   

OHIO legal services:

       Ohio legal opinions

   

 

Florida Personal Injury

 

In addition to the above areas of Florida law, our practice also includes the establishment of Florida and Ohio partnerships and corporations, the preparation of US Estate & Gift Tax (equivalent of IHT returns in the UK) returns for foreign estates holding US assets, Florida divorce or dissolution of marriage and family law, representation in the Florida federal courts, etc.  We are qualified to provide advice as to Florida and Ohio law and offer a Florida civil law notary notarial capacity.  In relation to US immigration, American lawyers qualified in any state are authorised to practice immigration law nationally. The preparation of US Estate & Gift Tax Returns is a federal and not state matter and returns can be prepared in relation to assets in any US state.

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA LEGAL MATTERS GENERALLY

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