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The Florida Lawyers Blog Watch:

The following is an RSS driven aggregation of the 10 most recent blog posts by lawyers in the State of Florida (Read more about the process...). This is not an exclusive club! If you know of another blogging Florida lawyer, please send a note to Steve Matthews and he'll get them added to the mix!

  • HIJACKED

    October 23rd, 2017

    For those of you bored enough to ponder civil law and who have recently checked out the South Florida Lawyers civil blog,  we have learned that the blog has been Hi-Jacked and is being held hostage. You see, if you give someone your log-on credentials, they can log on and change the password. And... [Link]
  • Insurance Catastrophe Claims Often Deserve a Second Opinion and Possibly a Legal Opinion

    October 23rd, 2017

    Barry Zalma recently wrote an excellent article, Claims in a Catastrophe, in the The CPA Journal. Zalma is a very experienced property insurance attorney. He is a prolific writer of articles and books involving property insurance claims. To all policyholders having felt the impact of 2017 catastroph... [Link]
  • First round of Magistrate interviews this week.

    October 22nd, 2017

    The first round of interviews for the two magistrate slots (one in WPB and one in Miami) are this week. After the committee narrows the field, the judges will then conduct their interviews. The process, however, is very secretive. For example, there is no public list of who received interviews. [Link]
  • SUNDAY DOLPHINS GAME

    October 22nd, 2017

    We will do  a little live blogging from todays game against the J...E...T...S Jets Jets Jets from the luxury suite where we are enjoying the game. Pardon us a moment while we try some of the lobster...Currently the Fins are down 14-7 and it looks ugly. Query: When did football become synonymous wi... [Link]
  • Important Claims Handling Deadlines in Puerto Rico

    October 22nd, 2017

    Earlier this month, Ashley Harris discussed the Puerto Rico Unfair Claim Adjustment Practices or Actions statute (26 L.P.R.A. § 2716a) in Is the Insurance Company Adjusting Your Claim Fairly in Puerto Rico? In addition, some important claims handling deadlines of which Puerto Rico property owners a... [Link]
  • Possession May Be Nine-Tenths of the Law - but Watch out for the Other One-Tenth

    October 22nd, 2017

    Prudential Insurance Company of America issued a life insurance policy on the life of Russell. Russell’s wife, Sherry, was the beneficiary. The policy contained $332,000 of term life coverage and $332,000 of accidental death coverage.Russell died on June 24, 2015. On June 26, 2015, Sherry made a c... [Link]
  • Claims Handling Requirements by State – Arizona

    October 21st, 2017

    As we continue our state-by-state tour of claim handling guidelines we now visit Arizona. Arizona requires that insurance carriers acknowledge receipt of a claim within 10 working days of the claim being initiated.1 The carrier must also provide all necessary claims forms, instructions and assistanc... [Link]
  • Florida Court Rules Police Can Order Driver Out of Vehicle During Traffic Stop

    October 20th, 2017

    In Florida, the police can stop a driver if that officer observes the driver commit a traffic violation.  This is a detention under search and seizure law, but it is justified based on the fact that the driver apparently committed a traffic violation.  Many DUI cases start this way in Florida.  H... [Link]
  • Hurricane Harvey FEMA/SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline October 24, 2017

    October 20th, 2017

    The deadline to apply for Hurricane Harvey FEMA/SBA disaster assistance is quickly approaching. The application filing deadline for physical damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey is October 24, 2017. FEMA can provide up to $33,000 in assistance to qualified applicants. Those homeowners and business... [Link]
  • Why are there so few oral arguments?

    October 19th, 2017

    The National Law Journal is covering the story of the vanishing oral argument. It's not just trials that are going away, but appellate advocacy is dying as well. For example, the 11th Circuit hears oral argument in less than 20% of its cases. That's just AWFUL. From the NLJ:Martin chaired the app... [Link]