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The Deep Roots of Florida’s Public Official Standing Doctrine and Its Vital Role in Preserving Our Constitutional Separation of Powers

Featured Article
Florida’s public official standing doctrine prohibits members of the executive branch from challenging the constitutionality of legislative action, unless the...

Lawyer Referral Fees and the (Unintended?) Legacy of Noris

Featured Article
If a Florida attorney retains a fee interest in a referral, does he or she assume unlimited liability for the...

Our Extraordinary Pro Bono Lawyers: Following Their Lead in Difficult Times

President's Page
Earlier this year, I was honored to present The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Awards to recognize an extraordinary group...

2020: A Challenging Year for Keeping Up With Changes to Probate and Guardianship Rules and Statutes

Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
In addition to all of the unprecedented changes affecting just about every aspect of their lives in 2020, probate and...

The Trust Beneficiary’s Right of Access to Information

Tax
Oftentimes, a trustee’s refusal to provide beneficiaries with information related to the administration of a trust leads to consternation among...

Chapter 9 Legal Services Plans: An Opportunity for Florida Attorneys to Deliver Legal Services to Floridians in the Post-COVID-19 World

Prepaid Legal Services
At the outset, although it is now some 50 years since the Florida Supreme Court first created a rule[1] permitting...

Like Home: The New Definition of Habitual Residence

Family Law
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked her ruby slippers three times and was immediately whisked back to Kansas.[1] For...

En Banc Hearings, By the Numbers

Appellate Practice
In 2019, Florida’s five appellate courts collectively issued 12,208 opinions.[1] In past years, Florida’s appellate courts have collectively issued up...

Courtroom Canines Are Leading Courtroom Accommodations for Children

Animal Law
“The morning of the trial was excruciating for Anna, as it is for every child victim or witness who has...

Modernization of Stormwater Quality Rules

Environmental & Land Use Law
In 2020, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 712, the Clean Waterways Act,[1] requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)...