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John StewartRecommendations emphasize technological competence
A short report from one of the Vision 2016 commission’s committees at the Board of Governors’ March 27 meeting showed how much that commission may revolutionize the Bar and the practice of law.

Greg ColemanUnbundled legal services considered for civil cases
Changes to procedural rules that would make it easier for lawyers to offer “unbundled” legal services in civil as well as family law cases have been endorsed by the Bar Board of Governors.

Rep. MetzMeasure would allow juries to decide medical bills in PI suits
HB 1199 is a rarity in the Florida Legislature — a bill that managed to unite the Florida Justice Association and the Florida Medical Association.

Foster-Morales returned to the board, runoff set for the Seventh Circuit
Dori Foster-Morales won re-election to The Florida Bar Board of Governors for the 11th Circuit, Seat 2, and Philip J. Bonamo and Sam N. Masters are in a runoff for the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1, position, according to election results released March 24.

YLD races decided, runoffs set
Five board races for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors were decided and another two wound up in a runoff in March elections.

13th Circuit Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Three lawyers have filed in a special election to complete an unexpired term on the Bar Board of Governors representing the 13th Circuit. The winner will complete the term for board member Bill Schifino, who will be sworn in as the Bar’s president-elect in June.


Supreme Court clarifies guidelines for resentencing juveniles tried as adults
Justice PerryJuveniles tried as adults for nonhomicide crimes cannot be sentenced with no chance of release to “nonlife” prison terms that will likely exceed their natural lifespans. And a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juveniles convicted of murder cannot be sentenced to life without any sentence review applies retroactively in Florida.



Sen. Kelli StargelAlimony bill moves in the Senate
The Florida Senate has begun acting on a bill to change the way alimony is calculated in Florida, closely resembling a bill making its way through the House. The Senate Judiciary Committee on March 24 unanimously approved SB 1248, sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, which creates formulas for judges to use in figuring alimony awards.


Panel to study unethical, illegal solicitation named
Howard CokerBar President Greg Coleman has rounded out the membership of the new Bar special committee charged with investigating unethical solicitation of potential clients by lawyers and law firms.
Former Bar President Howard Coker chairs the special committee, which was created late last year. Coleman pushed for the committee following complaints the Bar has received.

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.


    April 15, 2015
    Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith volunteers

    THE TAMPA OFFICE of Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith volunteered at the Lowry Park Zoo.

    No new fees Bar budget approved
    A 2015-16 Florida Bar budget that changes the way Bar overhead is billed to sections and has no increase in annual membership fees has been approved by the Board of Governors.

    YLD plans Statewide Diversity Symposium for April 17
    Sorraya Solages-JonesThe Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division will host a Statewide Diversity Symposium on Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale. The YLD’s Diversity Committee plans on continuing the diversity dialogue with another dynamic group of panelists at each location.



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