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Judges support YLD's health and wellness initiative

Judge Claudia IsomTo stand outside and hear the birds sing in the morning is a simple pleasure that anyone would take for granted unless they were faced with a life-threatening circumstance, just as Justice Barbara Pariente did when she had breast cancer in 2003.

Court budget taking shape
The second phase of raises for a pay equity plan for court employees and raises for judges are not part of contending proposed budgets being debated in the Florida House and Senate in the closing days of the 2015 legislative session.

Rep. Charles McBurneyHouse acts on mental health in the courts bill
A bill designed to more efficiently deal with the mentally ill in the criminal justice system is moving in the House. “In Florida there are 18 times more people with mental illness in our jails and prisons as there are in our state psychiatric hospitals combined,” said Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville.

Masters joins the Board of Governors; Bopp, Greenlee in Seventh Circuit runoff
Daytona Beach attorney Sam Masters has won the runoff for a seat on the Bar Board of Governors representing the Seventh Circuit while Thomas R. Bopp and Paige A. Greenlee will be in a runoff to finish President-elect Designate Bill Schifino’s 13th Circuit term on the board.

Henry WilsonMedical-legal partnership answers veteran's needs and changes lives
When Henry Wilson’s VA pension was cut from $1,000 to $65 a month due to clerical errors, the lost income put him into a downward spiral that only reversed when a young lawyer and fellow Army veteran intervened and got his benefits restored.

February 2015 bar exam results
The Supreme Court of Florida released the following bar examination statistical information developed by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Katherine Fernandez RundleProsecutors Against Gun Violence meet in Miami
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle recently hosted 34 elected district attorneys from across the country in a national summit focusing on issues of mental health and gun violence.

Con men try to make you their mark
As much as you really, really, really want it to be true, that Belgian company that asks for your help in facilitating the sale of the floating dredger is a scam.

Track bills on the Bar website
The 60-day annual legislative session in Tallahassee can seem a confusing, rushed, and hectic mishmash of activity. Bills with confusing titles are introduced in committee, amended, sent to another committee, altered again and then — if they’re still alive — eventually make it to the floor. Where, again, they can be rewritten in their entirety.

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    Challenging Transactions of a Decedent
    The Florida Bar JournalWhen a person dies, there may be grounds to challenge actions taken by the decedent prior to death. These transactions can include the making of a will, the making of a gift, the making of a deed, and the making of a contract, such as a nuptial agreement. There are various grounds to challenge transactions, such as fraud and deception, coercion and duress, incompetence, overreaching, and undue influence. Other grounds to challenge transactions are based on the required formalities for executing the document: Whether a will was executed with the formalities required for a will; whether a deed was executed with the required formalities; and whether a nuptial agreement was executed in accordance with the formalities required for such an agreement.

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    THE GWEN S. CHERRY BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION recently held a “Fancy Hat Day at the Races” to raise funds for the organization’s fellowship at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

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    Advanced Labor Topics 2015
    Course Classification: Advanced Level, May 29, Ritz Carlton Sarasota.

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    Course Classification: Advanced Level, Advanced Level, Live Presentation - May 8, Hyatt Regency - Miami

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    Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: May 12-16, 2015, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville.

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