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Rules now require written trust account plans

Bar rules now require all lawyers with more than one attorney in the firm to have a written trust account plan in place for each of the firm’s trust accounts.

Radio, TV, and billboard ads should not tout past results
Carl SchwaitThe Bar Board of Governors took a strict interpretation of new lawyer advertising guidelines for television, radio, and billboard ads, and stressed that ads that don’t comply with those guidelines must be replaced.

Bump in funding should provide a GAL for every child who needs one
Alan AbramowitzWhile Florida law dictates that courts appoint a guardian ad litem to every abused, abandoned, or neglected child, the mandate has gone unmet for decades. Finally, that’s about to change.

Rep. James GrantJuvenile sentencing compromise in the works The Legislature is close to an agreement on a sentencing bill for juveniles who commit murder or other life felonies to bring Florida law into compliance with two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Judicial campaign conduct forums scheduled for May 8-9
Local judicial campaign conduct forums jointly sponsored by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar Board of Governors will be held Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9.

Some client information may be revealed when changing firms
The Board of Governors approved a Bar rule amendment that would allow lawyers to reveal some confidential client information when a lawyer is changing a law firm or law firms are merging, if the revealed information will not harm the client.

PK Jameson named Florida state courts administrator
PK JamesonLongtime state government lawyer PK Jameson has been named the Florida state courts administrator. Her duties will center on assisting the chief justice in his constitutional role as administrative head of the Third Branch of government.

Beware of Annual Convention hotel booking scam
It has come to The Florida Bar's attention that a number of companies are claiming to have a relationship with Gaylord Palms Resort and are offering hotel reservation services for The Florida Bar's 2014 Annual Convention.

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    Valuing the Marital Home
    JournalIn marital dissolution proceedings, one of the preliminary — and frequently litigated — issues in equitable distribution revolves around the marital home’s value. How much is the family house, and all that is bound up with it, truly worth? Of course, all property is unique. Nevertheless, in a contested dissolution action, the court must determine a home’s monetary value in order to complete an equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities. This article explores some of the legal issues surrounding valuation of the marital home and real property.

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    ORLANDO LAWYER ADARYLL LEE and Florida A&M College of Law student Charles Gee raised more than $2,000 for the Gadsden County Pre-K Program by hosting the First Annual Striking for Success event at Seminole Bowl in Tallahassee.

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