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December 2015 Archives

Don't let a festive night be your undoing

It's typical during the holidays to have at least one holiday party to attend. We make allowances for delicious foods we normally might not eat, and we may consume more spiked egg nogs than we intended. The problem with this is that we aren't always aware of any change to our abilities, and we feel perfectly fine to get behind the wheel and drive home. It's the holidays after all and who has extra money for an Uber?

Assets that may not need to go through probate

If you discover that you have been named an executor to a loved one’s estate, or if you already know that you will be responsible administering his or her estate, the probate process may be completely unfamiliar to you. This is understandable, and you may have fears that the process may be fraught with emotional legal battles that can divide families.

Florida Supreme Court clears medical marijuana ballot measure

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has always been the subject of controversy. Some states have legalized the drug for this purpose, while a smaller number have even made use and possession for recreational purposes acceptable. But in Florida the possession of marijuana for any intent remains a crime. That may be one step closer to changing, though, based on a recent unanimous decision by the state's supreme court.

Florida sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter

Not everyone who is accused of a crime is the stereotypical "hardened criminal type." Anyone is capable of breaking the law, including those charged with upholding it; and when they are so accused, they can face the same potentially severe penalties as the average citizen. This is the essence of a recent news account from Broward County that involves a police shooting which resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man.

What can happen to your debts after you pass away?

If you are up in age and are dealing with crushing debt, you may wonder what happens to your debt after you pass away. After all, it is a legitimate concern for elderly Nevada residents, as they certainly don’t want to be a burden on their families, and they may not be equipped to deal with creditors at their age.

Florida Senate considers "stand your ground" changes

In July of this year the Florida Supreme Court held that anyone seeking to use the "stand your ground" defense in this state -- which allows for the use of deadly force without a duty to retreat in cases where those using the defense claim that it was necessary to use deadly force to prevent death or great bodily harm -- carry the burden of proof that the defense applies and that they should not be prosecuted as a result.

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