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#JustAdulting multi-media, legal guide updated

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JustAdulting-logo-web“#JustAdulting,” the award-winning, multi-media, legal guide for coming of age in Florida, has just been updated.

No Florida teenager should enter the adult world of apartment leases, auto loans, employment contracts, and police encounters, without at least bookmarking “www.justadulting.com.”

So says Bonita Springs attorney James O’Leary, who chairs the Bar’s Law Related Education Committee.

What began 20 years ago as a printed pamphlet “has developed and evolved into an interactive website,” O’Leary says.

“It’s gotten more and more user friendly, mobile friendly, and now it’s in your pocket.”

O’Leary calls the guide a “mini-cookbook” — an authoritative and convenient reference that has been vetted by experts.

“The fact that it’s a Florida Bar publication gives it enhanced credibility, with the understanding that it’s not official legal advice,” he said.

Teenagers and college students can learn about the potential consequences of everything from driving while impaired to texting behind the wheel.

A nearly 2-minute, animated, YouTube video warns that texting while driving is now a primary offense that can trigger a traffic stop and result in stiff fines.

Other popular topics include the consequences for possessing a fake ID, underage drinking, sexual cyber harassment, and a ban on open containers that also extends to motor vehicle passengers.

Committee members update the guide annually, adding everything from new topics to enhanced penalties, O’Leary said.

In 2017, site managers added the #JustAdulting mobile app that is available for download on the site and at the App Store (iPhone/iPad).

“Most users are probably going to see this on a smart phone,” O’Leary said.

The Bar also prints hard copies of the guide, mostly for distribution to teachers, school administrators and other law-related education programs. O’Leary says some judges also like to distribute guides to the young people they encounter.

Metrics from Facebook and Instagram promotions show that the guide is also popular with parents and grandparents, O’Leary said. The audience may even be wider than that, O’Leary says.

“Inevitably, as much as we would want it to be a preventative, pro-active, educational thing, I’d be willing to bet that if [an attorney] spent 10 minutes going through the app, it would be a refresher.”

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