Clearwater Law Office: 13575 58th Street North #210 Clearwater, Florida 33760
Agnieszka "Aga" Piasecka is a successful attorney located in Clearwater, Florida and licensed to practice law in Florida and Poland. Aga Piasecka has 15 years of legal experience and speaks fluent English, Polish and Italian. She also communicates in Spanish and Russian. Aga Piasecka is a general practice attorney, therefore you can contact her with any legal problem such as divorce, immigration, green card, deportation defense, wills and trusts, probate, civil litigation, personal injury, accidents, social security benefits, traffic tickets etc. Aga Piasecka specializes in helping international clients and immigrants with their legal problems in the United States. Being an immigrant herself, Aga Piasecka understands her clients' struggles in this country. Aga Piasecka has two law degrees, a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the US and a Masters Degree in Law with Honors from Poland. Agnieszka can advise clients about law in Florida and in Poland.
Before becoming an attorney in Florida, Aga practiced law in Poland. Aga's goal is to be an excellent advocate and counselor for her clients and to aggressively fight for their rights. Although Aga is a sole practitioner, she often co-counsels with partners in big nationally-recognized law firms and experts, therefore, no case is too big or too small! Having a boutique law practice, allows Aga to devote personal individual attention to each case from A-Z, including personally handling clients' phone calls and personally drafting and filing all legal documents. Aga's clients are not charged for excessive overhead of running a big fancy law office and paralegal fees.
For a free consultation please call 727-538-4171 or 813-786-3911.
Aga Piasecka's Clearwater Law Office is conveniently located at 13575 58th Street North #210, Clearwater, Florida 33760 near St. Petersburg - Clearwater International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and the cities of Largo, New Port Richey, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Bradenton.
Aga's areas of practice include but are not limited to:
Estate Planning / Wills / Trusts
Even if you are a person of modest means, you most likely have an estate and you have the right to decide what happens with your estate after you die. Do not leave this decision to others. Florida law offers several estate planning options. The most popular are Trusts, Wills and POD accounts.Having a Living Will and/or a Medical Power of Attorney is also vital. These documents allow you to make advance directives regarding medical treatments and/or appoint a person, who can make medical decisions on your behalf in case you are no longer able to express informed consent. Aga offers FLAT FEES and "package deals" on preparation of Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Living Wills. You should consult an attorney to find out which option is best for you. First consultation is free so do not hesitate to call Aga at 727-538-4171 or 813-786-3911.
Real Estate Law / Foreclosure Defense / Landlord-Tenant Disputes
Have you been served with a Notice of Foreclosure? Are you considering buying or selling real property? Do you want to transfer the title to your property to someone else? Do you have problems with your tenant or with your landlord? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should consult Aga immediately and take advantage of the free consultation. Aga has experience in Real Estate Law and can help you with all the real property law issues. Aga offers FLAT FEES on preparation of deeds and contracts.
Prior to opening her own law firm, Aga worked for one of the biggest, nationally recognized law foreclosure law firms in Florida, representing major banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America and US Bank in foreclosure proceedings. Therefore, Aga has thorough knowledge and experience necessary to competently represent you. Aga knows the foreclosure process from both sides, Plaintiff's and Defendant's, and she can help you effectively defend yourself against banks.
If you are buying. selling or transferring ownership of real property, you may be wondering which form of ownership is best for you or which form of deed should you use. Although, real estate transactions are mainly handled by realtors and title companies, they are not attorneys and cannot give you legal advice. Feel free to call Aga with any questions involving real estate transactions.
If you are involved in a Landlord -Tenant dispute, you may need to seek attorney's advice as to your legal rights and remedies. Aga offers FLAT RATES on representation in eviction proceedings from A-Z so do not hesitate to call Aga for a first free consultation.
Family Law / Divorce / Adoptions
If you are looking for an excellent divorce lawyer, who will fight for your rights by aggressively and effectively representing you in court, you have come to the right place. Aga has gone through a divorce herself, therefore she understands how difficult and stressful it can be. Especially, when children are involved and there is a custody and child support issue.
In divorce, there are many issues to consider. You may have the right to receive alimony from your spouse. If you have experienced domestic violence, you may be entitled to an injunction order against the abuser and exclusive possession of the marital house. If you have been served with divorce papers, it is important that you consult a lawyer as quickly as possible to avoid missing important deadlines and being defaulted. If you are not sure whether or not you should file for divorce, you should consult an experienced divorce lawyer such as Aga. Aga can also help you with pre-nuptial / post-nuptial agreements ("prenup" and "postnup"), adoptions, child custody issues and name change. Do not hesitate and call Aga for a FREE initial consultation.
Also, if you are victim of violence or stalking, you can apply for injunction against other people, who do not have to necessarily be your family members. Aga has experience in helping her clients with obtaining injunction orders and offers FLAT FEES for injunction proceedings.
As an immigrant herself, Aga experienced first hand the difficulties and the stress of the immigration proceedings such as obtaining a visa, adjustment of status, applying for a green card, sponsoring family members for a green card and finally applying for citizenship. Immigration proceedings can be very complicated and tricky. After dealing with the US immigration for years herself and finally becoming a US citizen, Aga decided to practice immigration law to be able to help others to achieve their American dream.
Aga can help you with all immigration problems including, but not limited to: green card through marriage, green card through your own business, green card through employment, green card through asylum, waivers, removing conditions on your green card, citizenship and deportation defense. Business owners can apply for visa and green card for themselves and their families through their business. It is important to seek attorney's advice as early as possible, prior to sending the forms and going to the interview by yourself. Little mistakes may cost you denial of your application, loss of precious time and forfeiture of paid filing fees. First consultation is FREE so do not hesitate to call Aga. If you are currently outside the US, it is not a problem, you can connect with Aga via Skype or phone.
Personal Injury Law / Auto Accidents
If you or your loved one have been injured in an accident or if you lost your loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal Injury Law applies to all situations when someone has been physically or emotionally injured or killed by the wrongful act of another. Automobile, motorcycle and bicycle accident cases and slip and fall cases are the most common examples personal injury claims but not the only ones. If you or your loved one have been wronged as a result of medical mistake or nursing home abuse or the injury was caused by a defective product, you may have the right to compensation.
Aga can aggressively represent you in all personal injury cases. You will not be charged anything unless she recovers. Aga has years of experience in working for a big nationally-recognized personal injury law firm and can effectively help you recover your damages. The key factor in personal injury cases is time. If you have been injured, it is crucial that you contact your attorney immediately before speaking to anyone else, especially insurance agents. First consultation is FREE and many attorneys will finance your case from A-Z and will not charge you a dime, unless there is recovery. Do not hesitate to call Aga immediately.
Insurance Claims and Civil Litigation
If your insured property was damaged, you may be entitled to compensation from your insurance. Aga can help you recover the highest possible amount on contingency basis, that is without collecting a fee from you unless she recovers. Aga has also vast experience in civil litigation in the US and in Poland. Aga can help you recover damages in civil court including strategizing, pre-trial preparation, settlement negotiations and trial. Any area of law can be subject to civil litigation. Aga is a general practice trial attorney and she can represent you in any legal matter as plaintiff or as defendant. Therefore, if you need a defense attorney or an attorney to represent you in a claim against someone, feel free to call Aga for a first FREE consultation.
Business Entities Formation
If you are considering opening your own business and you are not sure which business structure is best for you, you may need a lawyer's advice. Many factors such as liability issues, taxes and the amount of paperwork needed may influence your decision. There are different types of business entities you can choose from: a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation or a limited liability company. Factors to consider, when deciding on which business entity is right for your include: legal liability, tax implications and cost of formation and ongoing administration. Aga offers FLAT FEES on business entities formation and a first FREE consultation.
Traffic Violations / Traffic Tickets
If you received a traffic ticket and decide to accept it and just pay it, there may be serious consequences to it. Many traffic violations are accompanied by points added to your driver's license. As a result of points accumulation, your insurance rate may jump up, you may be required to attend a driving school, re-take the driving test or even lose your driver's license. Traffic violations may also leave a trace on your criminal record. Police officers often err in issuing traffic tickets so if you think you the ticket was issued to you in error, you should consult a traffic defense attorney to help you successfully fight your ticket. Aga offers first FREE consultation and FLAT FEES on certain types of tickets.
DUI / DWI
DUI (Driving Under Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances), commonly known as "drunk driving" is an offense proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The minimum fine for DUI is $500. You can also lose your driver's license, receive probation and go to jail. DUI is a serious offense and it is in your best interest to seek an aggressive and experienced DUI defense attorney. Aga offers first FREE consultation so do not hesitate to call her.
Social Security Disability
If you are disabled, you may qualify for social security benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) and Social Security Income (SSI). There are also other types of benefits you may qualify for. Aga has experience in representing clients in obtaining benefits from Social Security and she does not charge you a dime unless she recovers your past-due benefits.
You may receive Social Security Disability benefits if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent your from working at least 1 year or end in death. The Suplemental Security Income pays benefits to disabled adults and children, who have limited income and resources and do not qualify for Social Security Disability. Social Security Income benefits are also paid to seniors over 65 and older, who are not disabled but meet the financial limits. Some people may qualify for Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as Social Security Income benefits. Call Aga now for FREE consultation.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Q & As:
What is alimony?
A: Alimony or spousal support is defined as “an allotment of sums of money
payable at regular intervals or in lump sum, as distinguished from a portion of
a spouse’s estate, and it is an obligation imposed by law separate and distinct
from the parties’ property rights.” Cullen v. Cullen, 413 So.2d 1196, 1198
(Fla. 1st DCA 1982). In other words, it is court-ordered money that one spouse
has to pay to the other spouse for maintenance or support during the lawsuit or
after the divorce.
What types of alimony are available in Florida?
A: Florida Statute 61.08 recognizes 5 different types of alimony (or any
combination of these forms):
How does the court determine whether or not to award alimony?
A: Pursuant to Florida Statute 61.08(2)(a)-(j), income must be calculated
for each party, which includes all sources of income. Income may also be
How is alimony paid?
A: Pursuant to Florida Statute 61.08(1), “the court may order periodic payments or payments in
lump sum or both.”
Q: Which factors does the court consider
in determining the alimony award and its amount?
A: First, the court must
“make a specific factual determination as to whether either party has an actual
need for alimony or maintenance and whether either party has the ability to pay
alimony or maintenance. If the court finds that a party has a need for alimony
or maintenance and that the other party has the ability to pay alimony or
maintenance, then in determining the proper type and amount of alimony or
maintenance under subsections (5)-(8), the court shall consider all relevant factors,
including, but not limited to:
(a) The standard of
living established during the marriage.
(b) The duration of
(c) The age and the
physical and emotional condition of each party.
(d) The financial
resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and
liabilities distributed to each.
(e) The earning
capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the
parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire
sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate
(f) The contribution
of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered
in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they
have in common.
(h) The tax treatment
and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the
designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible
(i) All sources of
income available to either party, including income available to either party
through investments of any asset held by that party.
(j) Any other factor
necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(2).
Does it matter if my spouse cheated on me?
A: Yes. Although Florida is
a non-fault state, in determination of alimony award courts “may consider the
adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the
amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(1).
How can I ensure that I actually receive my alimony?
“To the extent necessary to protect an award of alimony, the
court may order any party who is ordered to pay alimony to purchase or maintain
a life insurance policy or a bond, or to otherwise secure such alimony award
with any other assets which may be suitable for that purpose. Fla. Stat. 61.08(3).
Q: Does the length of marriage matter in
determination of alimony award?
“For purposes of determining alimony, there is a rebuttable
presumption that a short-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of less
than 7 years, a moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of
greater than 7 years but less than 17 years, and long-term marriage is a
marriage having a duration of 17 years or greater. The length of a marriage is
the period of time from the date of marriage until the date of filing of an
action for dissolution of marriage.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(4).
Q: What is a short-term marriage?
A: A short- term marriage is a marriage of
7 years or shorter. Fla. Stat. 61.08(4).
Q: What is a moderate-term marriage?
A: A moderate- term marriage is a marriage
greater then 7 years but shorter than 17 years. Fla. Stat. 61.08(4).
Q: What is a long-term marriage?
A: A long - term marriage is a marriage of
17 years or longer. Fla. Stat. 61.08(4).
What is temporary alimony?
A: Temporary alimony is spousal support and/or suit money, which can be
obtained during the divorce proceeding if a spouse can show well founded need
for support and the other spouse has the ability to pay. See Vickers v. Vickers, 413 So.2d 788, 789 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982).
“Throughout the pendency of a dissolution of marriage action, a party should
not have consume a separate asset in order to support himself/herself in the
same standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.” Byers v. Byers, 910 So.2d 336 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005).
What is bridge-the-gap alimony?
A: “Bridge-the-gap alimony
may be awarded to assist a party by providing support to allow the party to
make a transition from being married to being single. Bridge-the-gap alimony is
designed to assist a party with legitimate identifiable short-term needs, and
the length of an award may not exceed 2 years. An award of bridge-the-gap
alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the
party receiving alimony. An award of bridge-the-gap alimony shall not be
modifiable in amount or duration.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(5).
What is rehabilitative alimony?
A: “Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in
establishing the capacity for self-support through either:
1. The redevelopment
of previous skills or credentials; or
2. The acquisition of
education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate
employment skills or credentials.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(6).
What is durational alimony?
A: “Durational alimony may be awarded when permanent periodic
alimony is inappropriate. The purpose of durational alimony is to provide a
party with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of
short or moderate duration or following a marriage of long duration if there is
no ongoing need for support on a permanent basis. An award of durational
alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the
party receiving alimony. The amount of an award of durational alimony may be
modified or terminated based upon a substantial change in circumstances in
accordance with s. 61.14. However, the length of
an award of durational alimony may not be modified except under exceptional
circumstances and may not exceed the length of the marriage.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(7).
What is durational alimony?
“Permanent alimony may be awarded to provide for the needs and
necessities of life as they were established during the marriage of the parties
for a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs and
necessities of life following a dissolution of marriage. Permanent alimony may
be awarded following a marriage of long duration if such an award is
appropriate upon consideration of the factors set forth in subsection (2),
following a marriage of moderate duration if such an award is appropriate based
upon clear and convincing evidence after consideration of the factors set forth
in subsection (2), or following a marriage of short duration if there are
written findings of exceptional circumstances. In awarding permanent alimony,
the court shall include a finding that no other form of alimony is fair and
reasonable under the circumstances of the parties. An award of permanent
alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the
party receiving alimony. An award may be modified or terminated based upon a
substantial change in circumstances or upon the existence of a supportive
relationship in accordance with s.61.14.” Fla. Stat. 61.08(8).
Can the court order alimony to be paid through depository?
A: “If there is no minor child, alimony payments need not be
directed through the depository. If
there is a minor child of the parties and both parties so request, the court
may order that alimony payments need not be directed through the depository.”
Fla. Stat. 61.08(10)(c)-(d).
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