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Michael OrrSilence fell on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors meeting when a real life story came up of a lawyer in Tampa who drove to the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge one morning this winter, parked his car, and jumped over the ledge leaving a family without a father and husband, and a law firm without a partner.

A crash course for representing child survivors of human trafficking

Judge Susan MaulucciWe cringe hearing sad stories of Florida’s human trafficking victims. Poor women lured from Guatemala with false promises of good jobs, only to be imprisoned as prostitutes, forced to pay off their “debt” to get to the United States.

Rep. Ritch WorkmanMeasure would end permanent alimony
A bill that ends permanent alimony for future divorces and makes most other alimony awards durational has passed a Florida House subcommittee. HB 943 cleared the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on March 17, the latest in efforts that began in 2010 to overhaul alimony laws and generally make them easier on those paying long-term and permanent alimony.

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.

Sen. Rob BradleyBill would require unanimity in death penalty cases
Calling it an “agonizing decision,” former prosecutor Rob Bradley gave his “yes” vote when the Senate Criminal Justice Committee favorably reported out a bill that would remove Florida as an outlier state and require jurors to be unanimous when voting for the death penalty in capital cases.

Program instills 'The Winning Edge' in law students
Most lawyers remember a time when they went to their classes in jeans and t-shirts carrying backpacks — more likely thinking about what’s on their exams than what’s ahead in their futures as lawyers, particularly when it comes to considering “The Winning Edge,” or, rather, how they will find their professional identity and embody the professionalism standards of The Florida Bar.

Hung NguyenRPPTL offers young lawyer fellowships
The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is now accepting applications to its fellowship program aimed at recruiting young practitioners to the Bar’s largest and oldest section. The fellowship program allows individuals to be substantially involved in the section’s work, receive leadership training, and work closely with leading attorneys in their field.

Hundreds apply for JNC appointments
Three hundred and forty lawyers recently responded to the Bar’s call to apply for upcoming vacancies on the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions. At its May meeting, the Board of Governors will nominate slates of three candidates for one lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs, and send those slates to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make the final appointments.

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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