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Florida and Common Law Marriage

Friday, June 8, 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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Florida’s Safety Belt Law

Wednesday, April 25, 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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The Neighborhood Watch in Sarasota and Manatee County

Thursday, April 5, 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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The National Mortgage Settlement Agreement

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Florida will get about 8.4 billion dollars in relief from the new National Mortgage Settlement. (California is the only state that will receive more.) That is great news! However, it will not happen quickly and it will not help every homeowner. Specifics First off, the settlement is restricted to mortgages run by JPMorgan Chase, Bank […]

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How Do You Purchase a Gun in Florida?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Florida’s gun laws are fairly lenient. However, there are some rules every licensed gun dealer must follow. All purchasers must be over the age of 18 or have verified permission of their parents. The state of Florida also requires a background check of the purchaser, but does not require permits or registrations. Florida’s background check […]

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Do I Need an Attorney to File Bankruptcy?

Friday, January 27, 2012

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An attorney is not required for individuals when filing bankruptcy in the state of Florida. Individuals may file pro se, representing themselves. (Businesses must use an attorney.) However, the courts strongly suggest that you hire an attorney to represent you during your case. Let us examine why. The appointed trustee and other court personnel cannot […]

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Recreational Fishing Licenses in Florida

Monday, October 10, 2011

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The state of Florida requires recreational fishing licenses—two different ones—for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Christopher Smith urges you to educate yourself about the requirements, so you can avoid the fines you will pay if you are found fishing without the proper license. An important part of understanding what license you need, is knowing whether you […]

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5 Things You Wanted to Know about Concealed Weapons in Florida

Monday, October 10, 2011

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1. Who is responsible for concealed licensing in the state of Florida? Concealed weapons licenses are issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their website is: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/   2. How can I find out if I am eligible to get a concealed weapons permit in Florida? Some of the deciding factors are age, […]

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The Leash Law in Manatee County, Florida

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Manatee County, like many Florida counties, requires that dogs and cats not be allowed to roam at-large. The only exception to this is with permission on private property. Let us examine this a little more. The complete leash law can be found here. The specific ordinance is found in Sec 2-4-11 (Dogs and cats at […]

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