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legal protections for your modern family

Important milestones in life, such as settling down with the person you love or starting a family, often come with important legal implications. No matter what stage of your life you find yourself entering, sound legal advice can help protect your rights and assets.

Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA was founded in 2001 to serve the unique legal needs of the modern Florida family, and is guided by these four principles:

  • We listen to our clients' concerns and intentions with respect and responsiveness.
  • We help our clients explore their options, and provide guidance through an unfamiliar legal landscape.
  • We provide creative, conscious lawyering, and when needed, vigorous advocacy.
  • We value compassion, quality, and peace of mind.


equality in the news

11th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to extend stay ordered by Judge Hinkle in Florida marriage equality case - Marriages may begin as soon as January 6th

However, legal counsel for the Florida Association of Court Clerks has advised Clerks that they feel the ruling is only binding upon Washington County, and that Clerks in other counties that begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses may be in violation of the law.

Attorney General Pam Bondi has requested that the US Supreme Court intervene and extend Judge Hinkle's stay (thus preventing marriages from starting on January 6th). Justice Clarence Thomas hears such requests for the 11th Circuit, so we are awaiting word whether he will grant the State's request, deny it, or request that the decision be made by the full panel of Justices.

In light of the continued uncertainty, it is unclear which Counties will begin issuing marriage licenses on January 6th, which is the first day after the stay is currently set to expire. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Miami-Dade County Commission updates Human Rights Ordinance to include protections against discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression

Thanks to the hard work of grassroots organizations including SAVE, residents of Miami-Dade County are now covered by a more inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. Thanks to Commissioners Barreiro, Edmonson, Heyman, Jordan, Levine Cava, Monestime, Sosa, and Suarez for recognizing that all citizens deserve to feel safe and respected in their hometown.

Click here to read more about the commission's vote.

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