Archive | May, 2012

Chapter 12 Bankruptcy

29. May 2012

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Chapter 12 bankruptcy is for family farms that meet certain requirements. It is less well known that it also applies to fisherman operating a family fishing business. Though this type of bankruptcy pertains to both types of operations, the requirements for the two differ slightly. Requirements for filing Chapter 12 for family farms: The family […]

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We just found out that the house we purchased did not have a clear title. What should we do?

27. May 2012

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A clear title is required for sale/purchase of all property. Usually this is an easy part of home sales–but sometimes title problems show up before sales that prevent property from being sold. And worst of all, sometimes title problems show up after a sale. The proper way to resolve title issues depends on the specific […]

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Stripping Off Unsecured Debt in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

24. May 2012

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A recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court, re McNeal No. 11-11352, created quite a stir in the offices of bankruptcy lawyers throughout the Southeast United States.  The decision of the court in this case is significant. It states that unsecured debt should also be able to be “stripped off” in Chapter 7 bankruptcies—not just […]

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Florida’s Gun Laws

20. May 2012

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The recent scrutiny of Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws and the Castle Doctrine caused Florida‘s gun laws to make national headlines.      Many were shocked to learn the ins and outs of Florida’s gun laws. Florida has recently been called a “liberal” gun state or too lax in its standards for gun ownership. There is […]

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My attorney is ignoring me. How do I fix this issue (or help avoid it to begin with)?

16. May 2012

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We all know attorneys are busy people. But that is not an excuse to repeatedly ignore clients. One of the best ways to gauge whether or not a specific attorney is right for your case is by asking many types of questions during an initial consultation. Make sure you ask questions about their skills and […]

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Recent changes to Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Law

12. May 2012

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Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to motor vehicle insurance. Thus, Florida requires its drivers to purchase $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection as part of their insurance package. Then, if an insured is in an accident, they will receive money (if qualified) towards injuries no matter who is at fault. (This insurance usually […]

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Do I Really Have a Slander Complaint?

7. May 2012

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Well, let’s examine what slander really is and compare it to some other similar types of legal complaints before we go any further. According to Merriam-Webster, slander is “to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone”. Not to be confused with libel, which they define as “the […]

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A Primer on Florida’s Motor Vehicle Insurance Requirements

3. May 2012

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Florida has laws that govern insurance requirements for those holding a Florida drivers license and registering a vehicle in Florida. Various coverages like property damage coverage, personal injury protection, and bodily injury coverage are required. To help clarify Florida’s insurance requirements, SmithLaw offers this primer: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) This coverage applies to the insured […]

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