Author Archives: Peter Collins

Tips for Testifying in Court

Testifying in Court can be a very stressful experience. This is because most people have never been to court before, and don’t know what to expect.  Here are some tips that will make your appearance in court less stressful, and increase the chances of a positive outcome.

 Before You Testify

 1.  Practice.   Meet with your attorney beforehand to go over the questions your attorney… Continue reading

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Will my family, friends and neighbors know I’ve filed for Bankruptcy?

When I meet with people, one of their biggest question and concern is whether their family, friends, neighbors and the community in general will find out they have filed for bankruptcy. Unless you are a celebrity, politician, or other person of interest, the answer to that question is generally “no”. The only people who will get notice of your bankruptcy are your creditors. So, unless your family and friends are… Continue reading

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Do I have to allow a police officer to search my car if I am pulled over?

Car Search Law Florida

Car Search Law FloridaThe answer is absolutely not! If you are pulled over by a police officer in the State of Florida, you have the right to refuse an officer’s request to search your car. Having said this, if an officer has a legal basis to search your car, they can do so without your permission.

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Is it possible to avoid a foreclosure?

Sarasota Foreclosure Lawyers - Collins, Maynard & Associates

The economy has affected so many people over the past two years that many believe that if they fall behind on their mortgage payments the foreclosure of their home is inevitable. Continue reading

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How long will my divorce take?

Sarasota Divorce Atttorneys

This is one of the most frequent questions my new clients ask me. The answer is that it depends on a number of factors, but the average in my experience is six months from start to finish.

Sarasota Divorce AtttorneysAs a general rule, the simpler the divorce, the less time it takes.

The more complicated the… Continue reading

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Should I hire an attorney to defend a foreclosure case filed against me?

Sarasota Foreclosure

Sarasota Foreclosure Many people believe that once a foreclosure case is filed against them that there are no legal remedies or defenses that are available to them in this difficult time. Consequently, they may fail to timely respond to the lawsuit filed against them by the bank. In those cases a default judgment will be entered against the… Continue reading

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Our Attorneys Peter Collins, Mark Maynard and Julie Amato Collins special in Criminal Defense, Family Law and Bankruptcy. Our practice areas include:

Criminal Law

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