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Do the Non-Smoking Laws Apply to Legalized Marijuana?

Since the legalization of marijuana, many landlords are finding it hard to find a clear delineation on whether or not they can let their tenants know that their buildings and apartments are smoke free zones, including marijuana. However, many of the rules and laws regarding the renting of properties have not been changed to include […]

Tips to Help You Create a Viable Bicycle Accident Claim

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles must work together on the roadways for traffic to flow smoothly. There are specific devices that have been implemented over the years to help ensure this smooth flow and safety of everyone using the roadway. The traffic light helps to keep traffic flowing with little congestion, whereas crosswalks and signals to […]

Losing by Default: Why You Should Never Ignore a Lawsuit

If you have been served with papers for a lawsuit, the temptation to hide your head and pretend it isn’t happening can be very strong and alluring.  However, you should never give in to this temptation because if you do, you could end up losing the lawsuit without ever having the chance to make your […]

Updating Your Estate Plan When Life Changes Happen

Having a plan for when you retire from this earth may be the only thing holding your family together after you pass. This plan can ensure that not only your estate is handled properly, but it can also account for any time that you are indisposed and cannot make the decisions properly to continue with […]

Ensure Proper Service of Process to Avoid Unnecessary Frustration in Court

One of the basic tenets of our judicial system is that someone cannot be sued unless they have been advised of the lawsuit so they may have the opportunity to appear in court and defend themselves.  Although there are some exceptions to the general rule—such as service by publication when a defendant cannot be found—for […]

The Rules of Evidence: Hearsay and Its Exceptions

If you are considering filing a lawsuit against someone you have probably already started to plan your strategy: how you will convince the judge (or jury, depending on whether it is a bench trial or not) that you have been wronged and should be compensated for the injury that you have suffered.  During the course […]

Buying an Already Established Business

Many people choose not to start up a new business, but to purchase one that is already up for sale in the area. Some may inherit or purchase a business from a close or distant relative, while others may choose to buy the structure of the business and change the entirety of it on the […]

How is Time Sharing Determined for Children of Divorce?

Time sharing of a child, as the state of Florida calls child custody, is determined a little differently than you might imagine. It is not based on which parent does more “parenting” or which parent requests sole custody; it is based on the best interests of the child. The interests are determined after evaluating 20 […]

Estate Planning is Important even if you are Single

When you are single you are less likely to think of estate planning than you would if you had a large family, especially small children. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, we all get old and we all need to be properly prepared. The only way to do so is to […]

Can you Sue for Slipping and Falling in a Retail Store?

It happens more often than you think; a person slips and falls on a wet floor that was not properly noted to tell patrons to take caution. That person gets up and walks away, but later suffers back pain and maybe even suffers a concussion from hitting his head. What legal recourse does this person […]

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