Archive | August, 2012

Student Debt

30. August 2012

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Student loan debt is getting a lot of play in the news lately. It is something that many consider unavoidable if they want to get a good-paying job. But those that graduate with crushing debt amounts are having a harder time paying it off these days, leaving America wondering if all that student debt is […]

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Your relationship with Credit Bureaus

26. August 2012

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Almost all of us have a relationship with the credit bureau. About the only people who do not are those that live entirely on cash and do not have any loans or credit cards. The credit bureaus begin collecting information on you from the time you start your credit history. This might be when you […]

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Personal Injury Cases and Florida Law

21. August 2012

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Personal injury cases often bring to mind various scenarios like being scalded by coffee, slip-and-falls in stores, and grievous injuries brought on by careless employees. However, there are many situations that might leave people wondering, “Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?” Sometimes slander and libel, especially that which damages someone’s reputation, can be considered […]

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Zombie credit card debts

17. August 2012

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There is another type of debt in town—the zombie debt. It keeps running after you, long after you thought you escaped it. SmithLaw sees many cases where zombie debt collectors start hounding clients for money they do not really owe. So, just what is zombie credit card debt? Zombie debt is old debt that has […]

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Undue Influence in Wills and Probate Cases

13. August 2012

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Undue influence is a legal term that applies to many different situations. Probate lawyers, like SmithLaw, hear the term quite often. Merriam-Webster defines undue influence as: “such influence over another often presumed from the existence of very close relationships as destroys his free agency in the eye of the law: such influence as prevents a […]

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Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

9. August 2012

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A recent article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune mentions that “crime prevention through environmental design” is part of the tactics used for some housing in Palmetto. But just what is crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED)? Specifically, it is a term used by Floridian C. Ray Jeffery in a book by the same name. There, Mr. […]

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The Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act and How it Affects You

5. August 2012

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The Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act protects Florida investors, in addition to other national SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) laws. Sometimes called “Blue Sky” laws, each state has their own set of laws governing securities and their sales. Florida’s newest law was created in 2009 and shows Florida’s commitment to protecting its citizens. […]

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Hurricane Preparedness for Sarasota and Manatee counties

2. August 2012

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  Anyone who has lived in Florida long enough has been through some form of severe weather, like a tropical storm or a hurricane. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 because this is the time when weather conditions are best for hurricanes to form in the Atlantic. There is still a lot […]

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