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In the 1500s Tampa was named Tampa by the native Indian tribes, which means “Sticks of Fire.” It is believed that the name comes from the high level of lightening strikes the area is known for, “The lightening capital of the world” according to many experts. 

The United States bought Florida from Spain in 1821 and three years later build Fort Brooke to protect the city. Tampa suffered an unfortunate setback in 1848 when the city was virtually washed away by a major hurricane. Every building in Tampa was either destroyed or damaged, including most of Fort Brooke. By 1845 the state of Florida had grown enough to become the 27th state in the Union. 

The major development of Tampa followed the arrival of Henry B. Plant, the railroad magnate. In the late 1880 be built the luxurious Tampa Bay Hotel, which today is the University of Tampa. Henry B. Plant also ran his railroads into the Tampa area and throughout Florida which spurned even greater growth. 

Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and to Ybor City, which for years was the capital of the cigar making world. Thousands of Cubans and Italian immigrants arrived in the city to hand roll cigars in the cigar factories located in Ybor City. 

Tampa is also home to the University of South Florida which serves over 40,000 students and to the Moffit Cancer Center, which is a national recognized expert in cancer care. 

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements in Tampa, FL

Getting married can be an exciting occasion when all of the future spouses’ attention are on the preparations leading to the ceremony and starting a new life together. Future issues concerning property and finances are often overlooked until relationships turn sour or end up in divorce. If you are engaged to be married, entering into a prenuptial or premarital agreement can help protect properties that you own before the marriage and settle matters without need for lengthy and drawn out litigation.

In Florida, the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act allows future spouses to enter into an agreement which will take effect upon their marriage. The prenuptial agreement must comply with formal requirements of being in writing and signed by both parties. Parties may enter into terms and conditions on:

- Their respective rights and duties to their property
- The acquisition, disposal, and management or control of properties
- Distribution of properties in the occurrence of specific events
- Spousal support
- Other matters that are not contrary to criminal laws or public policy.

When one party seeks to enforce the provisions of a prenuptial agreement in court, the agreement may not be upheld if the party against whom it is sought to be enforced proves that:

The agreement was not executed voluntarily
There was fraud, duress, or coercion in its execution
The other party failed to disclose all property and financial obligations

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Tampa, FL 33602

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