Archive | April, 2012

How do I handle a serious mold infestation in a Florida property I rent from someone else?

29. April 2012

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The health issues caused by some types of mold have captured everyone’s attention in recent years. Small patches of mold are often cleaned easily. We are not talking about those in this post though–we are discussing large mold infestations, potentially of toxic mold strains. What do you do if you have this in a property […]

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Florida’s Safety Belt Law

25. April 2012

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Many traffic fatalities and injuries could be prevented by properly wearing a seat belt. Florida has seat belt laws, like most other states, to help keep its citizens safer. The current seatbelt law became effective in 2009 (Florida State Statutes 316.614.) The newest legislation strengthens and improves the previous seat belt laws that were created […]

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Can bankruptcy get rid of my tax debt?

21. April 2012

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SmithLaw is often asked this question during our bankruptcy consultations. Some income tax may be dischargeable during a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. (Other types of taxes are usually treated differently.) But specific rules govern what type of income tax debts can be discharged. The basics: Tax debts are all associated with specific years […]

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Pink Chickens?

18. April 2012

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Yes, SmithLaw found out that pink chickens could soon be a reality in Florida. Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill into law that allows for the artificial dyeing of animals. It will go into affect on July 1, 2012. ***This law was just changed on July 1, 2013..more details here. If you are wondering […]

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Social Security for Former Spouses

13. April 2012

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Social Security provides some benefits for spouses, as long as certain conditions are met. This also applies to former spouses, whether through divorce or death (or maybe both!). Social Security benefits are based on the amount of money a person made in their lifetime—the more money they made over their lifetime, the more the benefit […]

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Is it illegal to wear headphones while driving in Florida?

9. April 2012

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Yes, it is illegal to wear most kinds of headsets/headphones while driving in Florida. The Florida State Statutes address this issue in Title XXIII, Chapter 316. Statute 316.304 says this: “No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement […]

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The Neighborhood Watch in Sarasota and Manatee County

5. April 2012

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Neighborhood watches were created to give neighborhoods an additional sense of security and to create a network to look out for each other within a community. They have been existence for many, many years. All of Florida’s counties and cities have different requirements for and definitions of neighborhood watches. Some counties have even added additional […]

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So, is it really illegal to drive barefoot in Florida?

2. April 2012

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How many of us have asked this question or been told by our parents that it is illegal to drive a car barefoot? Well, SmithLaw did a little investigation to find out if this is fact or urban legend. Common sense might tell you that wearing appropriate footwear is a good idea while driving. You […]

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