Archive | June, 2012

What is a predatory loan? And what can you do if you have one?

29. June 2012

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The word predatory is alarming. One of the definitions that Merriam-Webster gives for predatory is: “inclined or intended to injure or exploit others for personal gain or profit.” So, what is a predatory loan? Well, the FDIC has some great resources on their website that help define predatory loans. A good starting point is at […]

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The Timeshare Resale Accountability Act

26. June 2012

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Florida’s Timeshare Resale Accountability Act goes into effect on July 1, 2012. Many timeshare owners have been waiting a long time for this type of law. The law provides protection for timeshare owners who are looking to sell their timeshare off, and then fall prey to unscrupulous resale companies. The usual scam works like this: […]

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The Legal Low-Down on Soda

22. June 2012

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It’s summertime in Florida and a refreshing drink is what you need to cool you down. Is soda your go-to beverage? You are not alone. And this year, soda is in the news—in New York and in California especially. New York is proposing legislation that changes the ability to super-size sugary drinks. California is focusing […]

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The Ins and Outs of Perjury

19. June 2012

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“Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” Most of America has heard this phrase in person or on some TV show or another. Telling the truth in judicial proceedings and to law enforcement is a cornerstone of today’s judicial system […]

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Recognizing Bullying in the Workplace

14. June 2012

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A previous piece on the SmithLaw blog dealt with bullying in the workplace. (It can be found here.) There you will see some ideas about how to deal with a bully. However, as we discussed in that article, workplace bullies can be hard to spot. How can you tell that you are dealing with a […]

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Bullies in the Workplace

12. June 2012

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Bullying is a hot topic in schools right now. Legislation is being enacted all over the United States to deal with bullying in schools. Teachers attend training so they know the proper ways to deal with both the victim and the aggressor. Students are taught about bullying too. But employees (and sometimes managers) are often […]

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Florida and Common Law Marriage

8. June 2012

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We have all heard the rumors that common law marriage exists in Florida. After seven years of being together a couple is married by common law–right? Wrong! Florida does not recognize these types of relationships (for most Florida residents) and has not for many years. In 1968, Florida created a law against recognizing such relationships […]

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Judgments in Florida have an interest rate

6. June 2012

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Judgments occur when someone owed money files papers with the court asking for a court ordered lien against a debtor. Creditors file these as a way to recoup money for debts owed them. They also tack on interest on top of that money. Creditors usually wait a while to file judgments and pursue collection efforts […]

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