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When you die, are your digital assets accessible?

J. Eric VirgilOnce upon a time, we walked into banks to cash our paychecks. We glued precious photos in albums for safekeeping. We kept important papers in file cabinets. But in today’s paperless, high-tech world, paychecks are deposited electronically and bank statements arrive online. Photos pile up in the invisible cloud. And many documents are stored as data on a computer server and accessed via the Internet. What happens when someone dies, and the executor of the will needs access to online accounts, but doesn’t have the passwords? What happens if someone becomes incapacitated and can no longer log on to computers, and a guardian needs access to accounts?

50 judicial races decided; 13 headed to November runoffs
After the August primaries, 39 circuit and 11 county judgeships were decided, while nine circuit and four county races move on to a November runoff.

John StewartWhat about lawyers who refuse to e-file?
The Florida Bar Board of Governors is being asked to consider what to do about lawyers who refuse to use the state electronic filing system and continue to file paper documents with the courts.

Sharon BockNumber of Florida foreclosures tumble
Is Florida’s long bout with court-clogging foreclosure cases nearing an end? Or is the state experiencing only a temporary pause before a final flood? Lawyers, judges, and court officials are sifting through data like a fortune teller with tea leaves trying to discern the future.


RPPTL proactive in preparing for same-sex marriage possibilities
George KaribjanianThis summer brought rapid-fire rulings by circuit judges in Monroe, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties, striking down Florida’s same-sex marriage ban. Add to that a Tallahassee federal judge’s recent ruling the same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Then, in late August, the Second District Court of Appeal, asked the Florida Supreme Court to take a Hillsborough County case to decide whether same-sex couples can get divorced, but the court declined and remanded it back to the Second DCA for further proceedings.

Bar asks SCOTUS to review campaign contribution canon
The Florida Bar agrees with a disciplined lawyer that the U.S. Supreme Court should review the constitutionality of a judicial canon prohibiting judicial candidates from directly soliciting campaign contributions.

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    Jorge Labarga: Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
    The Florida Bar JournalAfter helping tie a Cuban flag to the antenna, seven-year-old Jorge Labarga jumped in his father’s canary yellow ’56 Chevy Bel Air, and they cruised around town honking the horn and cheering in celebration of the revolution.

    It was 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled the island with his fortune, and Fidel Castro came down from the mountains bringing grand promises of an American-style democracy for Cuba.


    But that democratic dream soon turned into what Labarga calls a “Marxist nightmare.”

    September 15, 2014
    Observer program participants
    THE FEDERAL COURT OBSERVER PROGRAM recently provided about 130 Miami summer associates and U.S. Southern District of Florida judicial interns with an opportunity to meet judges, lawyers, law clerks, and other law students.

    Poll shows support for appellate judges standing for retention
    Greg ColemanFlorida lawyers have overwhelmingly recommended the retention of 22 district courts of appeal judges — with an average ranking of 88 percent — standing for merit retention November 4, according to results of The Florida Bar’s merit retention judicial poll. The confidential poll seeks to find whether attorneys who know the most about these jurists believe they should continue in their jobs.


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