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Rep. Kathleen PassidomoLegislature takes steps to rein in guardians
When an 89-year-old woman’s daughter called the abuse hotline with the magic words, “I think my sister should be guilty of elder abuse,” the system lurched into action. A guardian was appointed to oversee the affairs of the elderly woman, who still lives in her Siesta Key home.

Ad panel equates texts with prohibited direct solicitation
The Standing Committee on Advertising has denied a law firm permission to send texts to potential clients.

Carl SchwaitCourt reviews lawyer referral service rules
Should The Florida Bar have recommended that lawyers not be allowed to join referral services that also refer callers to non-legal professional services, such as medical care or title insurance?

Barry RichardReactions to USSC's Yulee decision
At oral arguments on January 20, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts grilled Barry Richard, who was representing The Florida Bar and defending a state judicial canon prohibiting judicial candidates from directly soliciting in any form for campaign contributions.

Portal board green lights standardization plan
Tim SmithA plan to continue standardization for civil cases on the state court system’s efiling portal — so that menu options for a lawyer filing in Broward County are the same as when he or she files in Santa Rosa County — has been approved by the portal’s governing board.

Keep an eye out for Bar fee statement
Florida Bar members will soon receive their 2015-16 fee statements, reflecting no increase in annual fees, which are payable July 1 and late if postmarked after August 15.

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    The Revised Florida Arbitration Code
    The Florida Bar JournalThe Uniform Law Commission met in St. Augustine, Florida, in July 2000 and approved for enactment in all states the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. 1 The revision was widely supported, receiving endorsements by arbitration groups, such as JAMS and the American Arbitration Association (AAA); by advocates in the consumer, construction, securities, and labor sectors; and by the Torts and Insurance Practice Sections of the American Bar Association, to name a few. Almost exactly 13 years later, in June 2013, Florida joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting the revision by virtue of Gov. Scott signing the Committee Substitute for S.B. 530 into law, creating the Revised Florida Arbitration Code, F.S. Ch. 682. This revised code was intended to foster greater understanding of the arbitration process and promote various requirements of due process....

    June 1, 2015
    Ken Lawson

    THIS PAST WINTER, Florida Bar member Ken Lawson, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee, attempted to summit Mt. Washington in New Conway, New Hampshire.

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