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Minimum Contacts and the International Shoe Case

If you have ever wanted to sue a business (or a person) you probably know that one of the first things you must do is establish that the court has personal jurisdiction over the defendant.  Personal jurisdiction means that the court has the ability to exercise its authority over the defendant and force the defendant […]

Can the Court Hear Your Case? The Question of Jurisdiction

If you intend to sue someone who has wronged you, you don’t want to go through the expense and hassle of filing a lawsuit only to have it thrown out because the court doesn’t have jurisdiction.  As such, it’s good to know about jurisdiction and how it affects you before you get to the point […]

Mediation-is it a good idea?

Mediation-is it a good idea?
By: Eric L. Hostetler

Mediation can either be voluntary or ordered by the court, depending on the jurisdiction. Mediation is becoming more and more common in small claims cases as the court will provide Supreme Court approved mediators to discuss your case after the pre-trial conference. In most circuit court cases, the Judge will require the parties attempt to mediate as part of a pre-trial order.

What do you do after losing at trial?

By: J. Mason Williams IV I lost my civil case, now what?  You decided to give it a go pro se, i.e. by yourself, but it didn’t work and now you have a final judgment against you.  So what do you do?  Well, under typical circumstances there are several possibilities in Florida. First, get in touch […]

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