What kind of attorney would I need to sue my father for the pain and suffering that he has caused me?

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What kind of attorney would I need to sue my father for the pain and suffering that he has caused me?

My parents separated due my father’s infidelity, gay relations and also abuse

of my brother (both sexually and physically). When I was 8 they were divorced. Due to what my father did, both my brother I suffer from diagnosed PTSD. My

grandparents, his parents, purchased a home for him where I lived with him for a while until he attempted suicide, contracted AIDS and then had to go live with them in MO. From my understanding, my family owns much of their town. My grandfather passed and a few years ago and a little later so did my grandmother. I believe that all was left to my father as he is the oldest child (I am the oldest grandchild). I am able to see that his net worth is nearly 500k from my research. In conversation after my grandmother’s passing, I was told that

Asked on September 23, 2018 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There are lawyers who specialize in sexual and child abuse: that is the kind of attorney you need. They may be a family law attorney or a personal injury lawyer, but you want one who has worked on sexual, etc. abuse previously--this is not something where you want your lawyer to be learning on the job. Contact your state and/or city bar associations and ask for a referral list to potential attorneys; also "Google" "sexual abuse lawyer Florida" and don't look for the attorney ads that come up first; look for news stories about successful lawsuits/cases; the lawyers who handled them will ones to consider.
Bear in mind that you cannot sue in regards to your father's infidelity, gay relations, etc. or any lifestyle matters or things he did to others (e.g. if he betrayed your mother)--you can only sue over what he did to you. Also, he has a right to keep the family money--there is no inherent right to get a share from family (he can spend it, give it to others, will it to others, etc.). Again, what you can take action for is what he did to you.


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