Archive | April, 2013

Evicting a Tenant in Sarasota and Manatee Counties (Florida)

29. April 2013

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Evicting a tenant can be challenging, since rules procedures might differ depending on where you live and because tenants are not always cooperative. This blog post discusses evicting a tenant in Sarasota and Manatee counties, Florida. Both counties use the Clerk of Circuit Court to process evictions. The Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court defines […]

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Consequences of Sequestration

27. April 2013

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Sequestration is an $85 billion budget cut that President Barack Obama put into place on March 1st 2013 as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. It is part of a $1.2 trillion budget “cut” that is scheduled to happen over 10 years. (This article on Investopedia explains more about what sequestration means and how […]

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Strict Liability versus Comparative Negligence in Florida

23. April 2013

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The Florida State Statutes offer instances where the law is enforced by strict liability, as well as instances where comparative negligence is used. Merriam-Webster defines strict liability as “liability imposed without regard to fault.” Whereas, it defines comparative negligence as “the doctrine long the rule in admiralty and now adopted by statute for suits at […]

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Texting While Driving in Florida

18. April 2013

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UPDATE: The texting while driving ban was signed by Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday May 28th, 2013 and is now a Florida law. On April 16, 2013, “The Florida Senate unanimously passed a texting-while-driving ban…and sent the legislation to the House for approval,” according to  TampaBay.com. One of the senators who sponsors this bill is […]

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The Repo Man

12. April 2013

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The repo man is someone we never want to see. Their supposed practices are legendary: You have seen the shows where people are elaborately trying to hide their stuff from the man with the truck. However, the repo man in real life is often a bit different. What is a repo man?  The Macmillan Dictionary defines […]

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Legal Matters in the News

8. April 2013

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Celebrity Tax Matters Wesley Snipes was released from jail on April 2nd and will be under house arrest until mid-July, according to various news reports. He was serving time in a federal prison in Pennsylvania after being convicted of failing to file tax returns for three separate years. Actor Stephen Baldwin was also recently in […]

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Risks of Representing Yourself

5. April 2013

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Self-representation is allowed by law in most civil cases, but not often recommended because of the many risks involved. (In Florida, however, self-representation is not allowed at all in probate cases.) Representing yourself is called “pro se.”  It can be undertaken in most types of law, however it is seen more often in civil law […]

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