Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 22, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 22 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 799

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 22, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Legal News: Florida Appellate Rules are amended
The Florida Supreme Court, on its own motion, recently adopted amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.200 (The Record) intended to implement mandatory statewide electronic records on appeal. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online athttp://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/opinions.shtml. The Court specially requests comments from The Florida Bar's Appellate Court Rules Committee, the Florida Courts Technology Commission (in consultation with the Appellate Court Technology Committee), the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, and the Florida Court Reporters Association. All comments must be filed with the Court on or before July 13, 2015.

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 19, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 19 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 908

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Friday, June 19, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

Florida Legal News: South Florida Title Agent Arrested for Embezzling Consumer Funds
The Florida Department of Financial Services' Division of Insurance Fraud today announced the arrest of Bernard Feldman, owner of Hollywood Title Services, LLC in Hollywood, on multiple felony counts including transacting insurance without a license and grand theft of more than $20,000. Feldman was also permanently barred from the insurance industry and ordered to cease and desist from acting as a title agent without a license.

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Florida Legal News: Florida Civil Jury Instructions are amended
The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases submits these amendments to the following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: Instructions 401.21, 401.23, 402.13, 402.15, 409.12, 412.8, 412.9, 501.4, 502.5, Model Instruction No. 1, Model Instruction No. 2, Model Instruction No. 3, Model Instruction No. 4, Model Instruction No. 5, Model Verdict Form 1, and Form 5(c). These amendments revise the jury instructions and verdict forms on apportionment of fault that are inconsistent with the jury instructions on legal causation and comparative fault. The amendment to instruction 502.5, on damages in wrongful death cases, clarifies that the fault of a survivor reduces the recovery of that survivor and does not reduce the awards of other survivors or the estate. The committee anticipates submitting these instructions to the Florida Supreme Court after reviewing all comments. Interested parties have until July 15, to submit comments electronically or by mail to the Civil Committee.

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Florida Legal News: Florida lawyers must strip metadata from e-file pleadings
You're representing a client in a divorce. As part of the routine process, the client emails you a required financial disclosure. It has bank account numbers, credit card numbers, the client's Social Security number, and other sensitive financial information.

You take the electronic document and in accordance with R. Jud. Admin. 2.420 and 2.425 you electronically edit it, removing account numbers and other information to protect the client. Then you send the financial disclosure through the statewide portal that handles electronic filing for the Florida court system, including, if necessary, the form in Rule 2.420 alerting the receiving clerk for any additional sensitive information that must be redacted from the public court file.

A short time later, your client's bank accounts are raided by thieves, his or her credit cards are used for a plethora of unauthorized purchases, and he or she is victimized by someone using the Social Security number. All because the fraudsters got the relevant information from a public document in the court file — the document you filed.

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Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 15, 2015

Category: Miami Lawyer Blog
Published on 15 June 2015
Written by Patrick Russell Hits: 859

Weekly Review for Miami Lawyer and Florida Legal News for Monday, June 15, 2015Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week related to law practice management, law technology, and legal marketing. Enjoy!

10 Useful Gmail Labs Features for Lawyers
Gmail is the most widely used web-based email provider, including many companies who, powered by Google, use their domain URLs for professional email addresses. Google continues to roll out improvements to make their email service even better and use Gmail labs as a testing ground for experimental features. Click the gear icon to go your settings, then click on labs to discover more than 20 features you can enable. Here are 10 features that will make your email experience more productive.

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Productivity in Your Browser: Extensions and Add-Ons for Lawyers
Extensions and add-ons increase productivity by adding new features and enhancing the functionality of web browsers and applications. Here are a few that lawyers will find useful. Some are free standing and others work with apps. Some work with only one browser and others work with all the major ones.

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