Worker Compensation Under Florida Employment Law – Learn More About It

Working in Florida has certain advantages for its workers, which may be the reason why workers of Florida do not normally seek greener pastures in other States of the USA.

If you injure yourself in the course of employment in Florida, you need to report it immediately to the employer, or, within 30 days of the accident. Note the words: “in the course of employment” carefully.

The employer then in turn has to inform the insurance company of the accident within seven days of your notifying the employer. If the employer does not do so, you can directly inform the insurance company and seek assistance from the Employee Assistance Office.

As for the expenses of the medical treatment for the injury sustained during the course of employment (note these words carefully), the medical services provider would give you a form which you fill and sign, and the provider certifies it, and off it goes to the insurance company for payment. You don’t pay. The insurance company pays.

But if you don’t take the steps outlined above, you pay! So watch out!

Watch out also for this: Under Florida’s employment law you are paid ONLY if you are disabled for a minimum of 7 days or more due to the injury. If it is more than that say 3 weeks or more, then the whole period of disability, including the 7 day exclusion period, is paid for by the insurance company.

That takes care of medical aid. Now to compensation for your absence from the workplace.

This is rather a complicated system, and can be quite confusing to the layperson. Therefore, it is described here in a very broad and general manner. A mixture of formulae is used to calculate on the amount of compensation you would get. Broadly speaking, you will get two checks in a month of approximately 66 and 2/3 per cent of your average wage per week. No tax is required to be paid, except when you go back to work, even if it be light duty! In that case, the IRS would ask for its share of the pie! Normally, your first payment should reach you by three weeks from the date of you report the injury to the employer.

The Employment Law of Florida is quite comprehensive, and takes care of the needs of the workers in its State quite well. Should you be interested in finding about the various plans, the state of play, and the procedure, then all you have to do is to look it up on the net, or contact the Financial Services Department of Florida.

Florida Residency – Estate Planning in the Sunshine State

Florida Estate Planning: Despite the benefits already inherent in living in a state with no inheritance or estate tax, you should make plans to protect your estate even further, such as developing a proper estate plan. Proper estate planning should provide answers to such questions as 1) who should own your property once you pass away, 2) what property should they own (and how much), and 3) whether the property should be owned jointly or separately. Estate planning also assists in the decision of whether trusts are needed for management, control or tax savings; and whether gifts, annual or lifetime, should be made.

Estate planning provides for the management and transfer of your property in the event of your death or incapacity in an efficient and, in some cases, tax saving, manner. A well-thought-out estate plan allows you to designate your beneficiaries, provide for the management of your assets and eliminate or minimize any federal taxes that may be due. Without sufficient careful planning, your property may pass to unintended beneficiaries; may be diminished in value by unnecessary taxes or unsound investments; may be subject to inadequate investment oversight; or may not be readily available to you and your family in the event of your death, illness or incapacity. All of these possible problems may cause financial instability or distress during your lifetime or after death.

The documents which comprise the basics in estate planning are explained below. Like most states, Florida recommends that residents take time to determine advanced health care directives in case they experience a sudden, unexpected medical emergency. The first two documents, the Health Care Surrogate and Living Will, allow you to make such health care directives.

The Revocable Trust and the Durable Power of Attorney are two other important documents you can create to manage your assets during your lifetime. In the case of the Revocable Trust, you can also distribute your remaining assets after your death. A brief discussion on each of these two documents follows. Lastly the process that is followed in Florida for the transfer of property when a person dies, is explained.

Health Care Surrogate: It is important to consider providing a means to ensuring that your personal care requirements are met in the event that you become incapable of attending to them. You can achieve this goal by designating a health care surrogate.

In Florida, any competent adult has the power to designate another individual as his or her health care surrogate, thereby conferring upon such person the authority to make health care decisions for him or her if incapacitated and to provide informed consent if he or she is incapable of doing so. The powers that can be given to the health care surrogate include, but are not limited to, the authority to consult with health care providers; to provide consent for medical procedures which the health care surrogate determines are in the best interest of the patient; to have access to all medical records of the patient; to apply for public benefits (such as Medicare and Medicaid); and to have access to the patient’s financial records in order to assist in the preparation of an application for such public benefits.

In addition, you can specifically grant the health care surrogate the authority to order the withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging medical procedures, usually in conjunction with a “Living Will.” You may revoke the document at any time as long as you are competent.

Living Will: Florida has recognized the desire of many people to be able to designate when life support should be withheld in instances when death is imminent or the chances for one’s recovery are non-existent. By executing a Living Will, you direct your health care provider not to prolong your death by means of extraordinary methods in which there is no chance for your recovery. You can name a trusted individual to carry out your wishes with respect to these critical decisions.

Revocable Trust: If you want to manage and control your assets, wish to avoid probate, or are concerned about who would manage your financial affairs in the event of your illness or incapacity, you should consider creating a Revocable Trust, also referred to as a “Living Trust.” A Revocable Trust is a flexible arrangement in which you, as “Grantor,” transfer assets to yourself, another individual or a professional fiduciary, such as a trust company, as “Trustee.” The Trustee invests, manages and deals with the assets for your benefit and, after your death, for the benefit of the beneficiaries you designate in the written trust agreement You can retain total control of your investments by acting as your own Trustee; completely turn over financial management to another individual or a professional Trustee; or act jointly with another individual or professional Trustee. You can revise or terminate your trust at any time, and you can also add to or subtract assets from your Revocable Trust at any time.

A Revocable Trust can also provide other individuals selected by you to handle your affairs in the event of your illness or incapacity. This can avoid the expense and delay of obtaining a court-appointed guardian to manage your assets while you are incapacitated. Since the proper use of a trust will allow the trust assets to avoid the probate process upon your death, your family will continue to be provided for without interruption.

Durable Power of Attorney: Some individuals do not require or desire a Revocable Trust and would rather provide asset management in cases of illness or incapacity through the simpler step of signing a Durable Power of Attorney. This document enables an individual designated by you to manage your assets in the event that you are no longer capable of doing so. This individual is known as an “attorney-in-fact.” Unlike the more commonly known “power of attorney,” the powers granted by the “durable power of attorney” do not terminate upon your incapacity. Thus, the individual you choose as your attorney-in-fact, not the individual chosen by the court in a guardianship proceeding, will manage your financial affairs in the event that you are unable to so act. Additionally, a durable power of attorney can supplement the powers granted to the trustee of the Revocable Trust. The trustee controls the assets held in the Trust; the attorney-in-fact controls the assets not held in the Trust, such as personal property or assets which the grantor did not title in the name of the Revocable Trust.

Providing for the Transfer of Your Property at Death: When you die, your property will be transferred in one of two ways. Certain assets, sometimes referred to as non-probate assets, will be distributed without reference to your Will and without supervision by the Probate Court. Non-probate assets include:

a. Assets owned jointly with right of survivorship that will pass to the surviving joint owner by operation of law. b. Assets held in trusts that will pass according to the trust agreement. c. Life insurance proceeds that will be paid to the beneficiaries you designate in the policy or beneficiary form, pursuant to your contract with the life insurance company. d. Pension, profit-sharing, deferred compensation or other corporate death benefits, and individual retirement or Keogh accounts, which will be paid to the beneficiaries you designate in the beneficiary form, pursuant to contract.

Your other assets (assets owned in your individual name) will be distributed under the supervision of the Probate Court in accordance with your Will, or if you do not have a Will, pursuant to Florida Intestacy laws. For example, if you are a Florida resident and are survived by a spouse and three children, and you do not have a Will, your spouse will receive $60,000 (if the children are also your spouse’s children), plus one-half of the balance of your estate. Your children will receive the remainder.

In Florida, a surviving spouse should have a minimum right of inheritance. That is, one spouse cannot disinherit the other. A surviving spouse has long had the right to choose to inherit, not what was left to him or her under the deceased spouse’s Will, but rather to take an “elective share” of 30 percent of the probate estate. However, as more assets were accumulated, and as the types of property that were non-probate assets increased, less and less passed through the probate estate. There were cases where either unintentionally or deliberately, spouses were being disinherited and there was no probate estate to obtain assets from. Now the elective share consists of 30 percent of a large number of assets, whether in or out of the probate estate.

Learn everything about Establishing Residency in Florida in A Guide to Establishing Florida Residency.

Mediation in Foreclosure Cases – The Champion of Progress in Florida

Is it a CHAMP? Will the establishment of the 11th Circuit Homestead Access to Mediation Program (CHAMP) work? Miami-Dade County, as well as other circuits in the Florida judiciary, has established programs to assist homeowners with efforts to resolve the spiraling real estate problems. Typically, these programs require the parties to meet in a “managed mediation” conference to discuss settlement options on primary residence foreclosure cases. Only in its infancy, it is too early to determine the ultimate success of the program.

Clearly, there are immediate benefits. As told by Senior Judge Thomas Bateman III, and prior to his retirement, another judge conveyed to him the story of a homeowner who appeared for a summary judgment hearing with the bank’s attorney on the telephone for the hearing. The homeowner expressed her inability, after multiple attempts, to contact the law firm to discuss her pending short sale and the bank’s attorney simply responded that they would have spoken with her had she contacted the law firm. As the story unfolds, the homeowner ironically, or sadly, worked for the law firm. Anyone involved in foreclosure, loan modification, short sale or any other real estate related proceeding or negotiation can relate to that story and understands such common frustration.

At a minimum, forcing the bank to participate in a mandatory mediation creates an opportunity for the homeowner and a representative from the bank presumably with authority to settle the foreclosure case to meet and discuss the options available. In turn, the mediation process will slow the recently coined “rocket dockets” and “15 seconds of justice”. Even in judicial foreclosure states, such as Florida, the legal proceedings on a foreclosure case can move at lightening fast speed. Typically, and as reflected by the aforementioned coined phrases, the homeowner rarely appears or has less than 5 minutes on the court’s motion calendar before a summary judgment is entered, case concluded and sale date set.

But, will it really work? Unfortunately, the program structure will encourage an early mediation date to be scheduled between the parties. Therefore, if the borrower feels that he or she has been a victim of predatory lending, sending the parties to an early mediation would probably be fruitless as the issues of the case still need to be addressed by the parties. The program, which cost is borne by the lender, is only available once for mortgage foreclosure cases filed after May 1, 2009, and the mediations are anticipated to begin in July.

At this point, mediation in foreclosure cases is the champion of progress in the State of Florida. The state’s Dispute Resolution Center, Collins Center for Public Policy and participating mediators should be applauded for their efforts to defeat the real estate difficulties confronting homeowners and lenders alike. Other states facing similar heightened foreclosure issues should pursue helpful and resources projects as initiated in Florida.

The bottom line remains that if any party, whether the government, judicial system or mediation programs, will provide you with a face to face meeting with the bank, then such effort is beneficial for the homeowner, the bank and our country. It is a work in progress, but at least…it is progress!

Central Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Central Florida personal injury attorneys assist personal injury victims in all aspects of legal work and court case. They handle personal injury lawsuits arising due to wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, insurance claims, property liability, merchandise liability, business litigation and other types of personal injury cases.

Central Florida personal injury attorneys are licensed, qualified and experienced attorneys and represent claimants in significant personal injury and death cases throughout the State of Florida. Central Florida personal injury attorneys are capable of making an impartial assessment of the case based on certain factors. Attorneys are also in a position to present a possible outcome of the case to their client. Clients may opt for an out of court settlement or press for trial based on the evaluation and advice offered by them.

There are certain statutes of limitation that apply to personal injury lawsuits in Central Florida. This means that victims need to have their personal injury attorney file a lawsuit within a certain specified period of time, or they will be forever barred from pursuing the matter. It is suggested that victims contact a Central Florida personal injury attorney within limits of statute. Timely discussion with respect to their case will expedite procedures attorneys need to file for compensation against damages suffered by them.

Many Central Florida law firms provide in-depth information on their web pages that may help personal injury victims to have a basic understanding of the law, the responsibilities of those who caused harm, and to provide information on the kinds of compensation that may receive.

Personal injury damages can be monetary (loss of income or medical costs), non-economic (pain and suffering), or punitive (punishing irresponsible behavior). Punitive damages are mostly awarded if the defendant’s acts were so appalling that the judge believes it necessary to make an example of the defendant.

Canadians – Shopping For Your Florida Home Mortgage

Now is a great time for Canadians to buy a second home in Florida. Much of the concern with doing this results from not understanding how to finance a property and how to take title and manage taxes.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Florida seminar and glean some important information on this subject, which I will share with you on these pages. It is important that you not construe anything within as legal advice. You will need to speak with a lawyer and/or accountant who deals with cross-border issues to determine what is most appropriate for your particular situation.

With the Canadian dollar at about par and the American dollar and interest rates low, there has rarely been a better time to buy in Florida. There is currently a large inventory of brand new homes available, many of them sitting vacant.

One of the first things to be aware of is that you can acquire the dream of your home in the sun without a U.S. Social Security number or U.S. credit history. You can get a mortgage for your property.

RBC Centura Bank is a subsidiary of RBC Royal Bank and has over 45 branches in Florida. They have developed a banking and home-lending program for Canadians which is called RBC ACCESS USA. It has a number of financial solutions for Canadian buyers and uses your Canadian credit history for qualification of a mortgage. Their team of financial professionals are specially trained to assist you with U.S. banking and home lending requirements. Banking & Mortgage laws and regulations, as well as “terms” are quite different in the U.S. and RBC’s team knows the difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to banking & getting a mortgage.

While the time frame to get a mortgage in Canada is often only two or three days, and sometimes as little as 24 hours, it can take as long as a month in the U.S. So if you are looking to purchase a home in Florida in the near future, you can pre-qualify for a mortgage, as you do here in Canada. This can save you time and help you to bargain for a better price in the current buyer’s market. Being pre-qualified gives you much more leverage in the U.S. mortgage process as well.

Unlike with most Canadian mortgages, in the U.S. the consumer usually has the option to pre-pay at any time without penalty. This is a huge advantage, as it allows you to bring your mortgage balance down when exchange rates are favourable, or if you find yourself with a bit of extra cash. Another plus is that you do not have to continuously renegotiate a U.S. mortgage, but rather have the option of a fixed rate for up to 30 years, which is another good reason to buy now with interest rates at an all-time low.

When you mortgage in the U.S., the bank will give you a “good faith” estimate, which will itemize all the charges involved in the transaction. This way you will know exactly what your total expenditure will be. With RBC Ventura you can finance up to 80% on a second home loan OAC. It is very important to your have your U.S. asset(s) covered in your will or trust and seek proper cross border advice in that regard. We will talk more about that later.

If you are interested in investing in Florida Real Estate, web pages at the bottom of this article contain articles that offer information you need to know. You will want to know about cross border trusts, tax laws, and estate planning before going ahead.

On these pages, you will find most of the information you need to get started with your real estate purchase in Florida.

It is important to get qualified legal advice from a lawyer experienced in cross-border real estate and planning. The advice of a knowledgeable tax advisor would also be a good idea.

Please note that the information on these pages is not to be construed as tax or legal advice, but rather as information only. One thing to remember: Revenue Canada and Florida Laws can change without notice, so current advice at the time of your purchase is essential.

This information has been collected from workshops we have attended and are in place to help simplify the buying process for you and to offer important information you may require before making this very important purchase.

Buying a Home in Florida

Florida borders Alabama in the northwest and Georgia in the northeast. It is a state with diverse weather changes including tropical and humid subtropical climates. Florida is the fourth most populated State in the US.

When buying a home in Florida, one has to take into account many considerations such as the type of home one intends to purchase, the amount of funds one has, the location of the home one intends to buy, neighborhood and how they will buy the home either by taking out a mortgage or by cash.

Mortgage systems in Florida

There are numerous mortgage companies in Florida, which are helpful in assisting one buy the home of their choice. There are agents for home financing who help with processing, locating, and submitting one’s home credit package to the lender. They also assist one in finding the lowest rates of interest and credit charges. The limitation with direct lenders is that they lack access to the offers of other lenders. Florida’s mortgage companies make work easier for the buyer by finding the best mortgage for ones situation.target=”_new”

Points to note

For first time homebuyers, it is an obligation to give the mortgage broker accurate information. The loan application form along with other documents should be filled accurately before the final signing. The vital point is to know the terms and conditions of the mortgage prior to signing it.

It is wise to compare the mortgage interests charged by different mortgage companies. This is an easy task because it only requires one to make a number of telephone calls to various mortgage companies and inquire about their mortgage interest fees. To be on the safe side, one should ask for a good faith approximate form when buying a home mortgage since the interest charges differ from company to company. It is a Florida law requirement that a prospective homebuyer receive the good faith approximate form within 3 days of applying for a loan. Buying a home in cash is cheaper in the end as there is no interest charge rendered.

Foreclosed homes

These are homes which are repossessed by the mortgage companies after the buyer is unable to pay the mortgage as per the agreement form. Such homes are sold cheaply to avoid auctioning. Those who have the ability to purchase immediately easily acquire foreclosed homes. There are companies that only focus on selling or buying foreclosed homes. These can be a great resource for people looking to purchase homes at a cheaper rate.

Increase In Florida Health Insurance Pre-Existing Condition Plan Enrollees

According to a report released recently, approximately 4,000 of Florida’s sickest uninsured residents have enrolled and started receiving benefits in the new health insurance program of the federal government.

What Is This Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan All About?

Nationwide, approximately 49,000 people are enjoying the benefits of this new health insurance program sponsored by the federal government. This new health insurance program was created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help people who have been without any form of health insurance coverage for at least six months or have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. This federal health insurance program is called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan or PCIP for short.

This is a temporary program created to give assistance to people with health problems. It allows them to get the health coverage they deserve while they wait for the full implementation of the health care reform law in 2014. Beginning in 2014, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge higher rates or deny a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition as mandated by law. People with pre-existing conditions can also join the state-based health insurance exchange for individuals and small businesses to get affordable Florida health insurance premiums.

The health care reform act gave the states the authority to create their own pre-existing condition plans. However, since Florida and 22 other states did not establish their own PCIP, these states are now part of a federal plan. The PCIP program was allotted $5 billion in federal funds. But, this is not enough so individuals will still have to pay hefty premiums.

What Florida Health Insurance PCIP Means For Those Who Joined The Federal Program?

For some people who enrolled in a PCIP plan like Kathleen Watson, 50, who runs a small medical transport business in Lake City, the plan meant that she now got “excellent insurance.” After her husband became disabled in 2004, she lost her health care coverage because she could not stay under her husband’s employer-provided Florida health plan. She couldn’t get any individual Florida healthcare policy because she has a series of health problem that includes non-Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). Watson said she attempted to pay off her medical bills. However, this only resulted in their finances hitting rock-bottom.

It is common for Florida insurance companies to reject the application of people with medical problems. Because of the fact they pose a greater financial risk.

When the PCIP program started two years ago, she couldn’t afford to pay the $700-plus monthly premiums that come along with it. Fortunately, the federal government cut premiums by 50 percent last year. That was the reason why she was able to afford it. In July, she paid $363 per month for her PCIP that allowed her to get the medical treatments she needed and couldn’t have afforded on her own.

As of December 31, 2011 in Florida, 3,736 people are covered by this plan. This number represents less than one-tenth of the one percent of the 3.8 million uninsured residents in Florida. According to Steve Larsen, a deputy administrator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he said that the national participation of uninsured Americans in the PCIP program increased by 400 percent from the first to the second year. He is expecting that numbers will keep on rising.

Aside from the monthly premium paid by Watson, she also has to pay an in-network $1,000 deductible for medical services, another $500 deductible for preferred list prescriptions and a $750 deductible for prescriptions that are not included on the list.

She also must pay a co-insurance charge of 20 percent for most in-network healthcare costs. In order for her Florida health insurance PCIP to cover all in-network costs, she needs to spend an out-of-pocket cost of $4,000. For out-of-network providers, she has a $1,500 deductible and maximum $7,000 out-of-pocket.

Unlike other Florida health insurance plans, the PCIP does not have a waiting period to get treatment. This is how the new health program helped people with medical issues get their much needed healthcare.

Juvenile Offense Process in Florida

In the state of Florida, there are specific processes for juveniles accused of criminal offenses. Although the consequences of criminal activity as a juvenile can be stringent, the main focus of this area of law enforcement is more focused on the rehabilitation of minors as opposed to the more punitive sentencing adults face.

With this rehabilitative outlook, the state of Florida hopes to keep children out of trouble by using the juvenile justice system as a progressive way of teaching young people to be productive members of society, through diversion programs and other methods. Although the sentencing and method by which juveniles are punished (or adjudicated) may be less harsh than that of an adult convict, it is still a lengthy and difficult procedure not only for the child but parents and loved ones as well. It requires a great deal of time and resources, not the least of which is finding a qualified attorney to help guide you through the process.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

The department that focuses directly on juvenile offenders in the state is the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). This governmental organization’s mission is to “increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention, and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.” The DJJ, along with the Florida juvenile court system, are the primary administrators of the juvenile justice system in the state.

How the Juvenile Incarceration Process Works

After the initial detainment, the law enforcement officer will present a sworn complaint with evidence to the State Attorney’s Office, where it will be decided if there is probable cause to believe that the alleged suspect did, in fact, commit the crime.

After this preliminary decision, there will then be a detention hearing. The hearing is commonly held the morning after the detainment, with the judge deciding whether or not to release the suspect, and if so, what conditions need to be met. If the judge rules that the defendant should stay in detention, the juvenile can be held for up to 21 days.

Following the detention hearing and the issuance of the formal complaint, an Assistant State Attorney will review the case and decide whether charges should be filed. This will also be the time where the decision will be made whether to charge the defendant as a child or adult. If there is insufficient evidence, this will also be the time that the charges will be dropped.

If the case proceeds, the next step is the arraignment, where the defendant will be notified of the charges against him or her. After this, an adjudicatory hearing takes place. An adjudicatory hearing is similar to a trial for adults, except the juvenile is directly tried by a judge and not a jury. The judge can sentence the young person to time in a juvenile detention facility or various diversion programs.

After going through the entire process, a disposition hearing takes place, where the sentencing is handed down. The judge can sentence the young person to time in a juvenile detention facility or a diversion program.

There are various pre-trial diversion programs available for first time juvenile offenders, such as the Florida Teen Court, which is a non-judicial diversion program gives juveniles the opportunity to learn for their mistakes while being able to repay their debt to society. Juvenile sentencing tends to include probation after the initial requirements are taken care of. If the juvenile committed a felony or violent crime, they may be tried as an adult, and therefore, referred to criminal court.

Get Assisted By Bail Bond Agencies for Easy Release From Jail

Offenses take place both intentionally and unintentionally. In many incidents, it has been noticed that the innocent people become victim of law and are jailed for longer period of time. Every human has a right to fight for justice and avoid getting into complications of law.

One can keep these complications at bay by getting bail for themselves. Yet, getting bail is an expensive initiative as the amount of bail escalates as per the seriousness of crime. Looking at the cost burden that it levies, it is wise to choose the bail bonding process. For instance, if you have been charged for murder and the bail amount set is $500,000, you can hire services from bail bond agencies to post the bail.

If the defendant is unable to pay the wholesome amount of the bail, then he/she can seek assistance from bail bond agents to pay a certain percentage of the bail amount. Many times, these bail bond agencies take property or any type of assets as a security.

If you are looking for bail bondsman, you can go online to look for various agencies serving such cases. The medium of Internet can avail you a number of experienced bail bondsman, bail agents, bail bond experts and many more who offer trusted services in attaining bail in the least possible time.

Before you hire the services by the bondsman, you should know about their previous work experiences and check if the bail agents are proficient with all forms of laws. You should go for the bail agents who are capable to write authentic legal documents and have the ability to offer optimum legal services whenever required.

Furthermore, it is important that you get assisted by the right kind of bail bond agencies. Here under are few aspects from which you should stay away from hiring are:

• Agents looking for reasons to return the client to jail in order to keep the entire money paid to them.
• Agents who do not provide any notification to the client and his co-signer regarding the court dates.
• Agents which are not specifically located in a region and have chances that they may change their region of operation.
• New agents or agencies with little experience as they might not be able to handle paper work faster, resulting in delay of the entire legal process.

You should go for bail bond agencies which are licensed and have extensive experience in the area of bail bonds business. In addition, the well-established bail bondsman makes sure that you understand the entire process of bonding. They also explain you the responsibilities, you have as a signer, and your further role while releasing the accused from the jail. Go online today and get your dear ones out of the jail at the earliest!

Florida Criminal Lawyer

As the crime and criminal are growing at a faster pace, so there is a need to check this pace. Whenever a person gets affected by these criminals, he looks for a lawyer to protect him. These people trust the lawyers to a great extent. In Florida, basically there are many criminal lawyers. They are best known for their case winning strategy and successful background. Some names include Bruce Jacob, Bryant Bowles, Chasterfield Smith, Juan Ramirez, Michael Mcdnnell, Roy Black,Tim Howard. All these are very successful and well known. They practiced a lot and won various cases.

Bruce R. Jacob was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida during early 1960s. He won various cases, the biggest case was Gideon v. Wainwright, arguing against Gideon. After leaving the job, Jacob worked as a private lawyer for the firm of Holland, Bevis & Smith, now Holland & Knight in Bartow and Lakeland in Florida. He at that time completed his LL. M. degree at northwestern University, and joined the faculty of Emory University School of Law, where he established the legal Assistance for Inmates Program at the Atlanta Penitentiary.

In 1969, Jacob was appointed, by the Supreme Court, as counsel for petitioner in Kaufman v. United States case. He served as Research Associate in the center for criminal justice, assisted in the establishment of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project. He subsequently served as Professor and Director of Clinical Program at the Ohio State University College of Law, as Dean and Professor of the Mercer University School of Law.

Bryant William Bowles Jr. was a white supremacist bitterly opposed to racial integration of public schools in US. He joined the Marine Camps in 1939, was trained as a bugler, and served during World War II and the Korean War as a Corpal.

Michael McDonnell is a Florida civil and criminal trial lawyer whose clients have included film legend Hedy Lamarr, baseball hall of famer Gaylord Perry and members of the rock band Rush. His cases have been featured on Court TV where he is also a guest commentator.