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Board considers short-term Foundation help

The Bar Board of Governors voted to oppose a proposed petition to the Supreme Court to raise Bar annual membership fees by up to $100 to support struggling legal aid programs. The vote came after the board heard that Bar leaders are exploring an up to $6 million short-term loan to The Florida Bar Foundation.

Eugene PettisHundreds apply for JNCs
Bar President Eugene Pettis thanked and praised Bar members who responded to his call to apply for upcoming vacancies on the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions.

S. Court lifts moratorium on online access to court records
Judge Lisa MunyonCounty clerks of court now have the option of providing online electronic access to court records under a Supreme Court administrative order lifting an earlier moratorium on such access.

Bill would provide lawyers for special-needs kids
Sen. GalvanoWith the crucial support of Statewide Guardian ad Litem Director Alan Abramowitz, bills in both the House and Senate are moving forward to provide state-paid attorneys for dependent children with special needs.

Judicial campaign conduct forums scheduled for May 8-9
All candidates seeking election as judges in 2014 will soon be able to participate in judicial campaign conduct forums that offer training in the rules governing judicial elections.

Board adopts 2014-15 budget
Michael Higer A Bar budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year with no increase in annual membership fees was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors. Budget Committee Chair-elect Michael Higer presented the budget at the board’s March 28 meeting and also told the board that the Budget Committee does not see the need for a fees increase in the next five years.

Board adopts new private lawyer referral service rules
New rules regulating attorneys who accept clients from for-profit lawyer referral services have been approved by the Bar Board of Governors, although they are less draconian than originally proposed by the Special Committee on Lawyer Referral Services.

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.

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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.

    April 15, 2014

    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.

    Monica Carusello, center, translates in Spanish for a medical student doing an eye exam for a young boy in Immokalee, during the FSU Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic’s Alternative Spring Break to assist migrant farm workers.
    Alternative Spring Break
    Witnessing four migrant farm families crowded together in one trailer, Christie Arnold, a first-year law student at Florida State University, received an eye-opening experience during Alternative Spring Break in Immokalee, a stark contrast to the opulence of neighboring Naples in Collier County.

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