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FL small claims court

In Florida, people use small claims court to settle minor legal disputes concerning $5,000 or less. However, that amount doesn’t include attorney’s fees or filing fees.  Small claims filing fee can vary, but the FL Clerks website puts them anywhere from $55-$300. You don’t need an attorney in small claims court, but you can have...

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Do I have a case?

Filing a lawsuit is a big decision, so make sure you have a good case before going through the hassle of finding a lawyer. For example, you hire a flooring company to replace the carpet in your business. They do a bad job, and it took much longer than they said it would. Before filing a...

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International Family Law – What is a migratory divorce?

Migratory Divorces Depending on the classification of the divorce, the U.S. may or may not recognize its decree.  Furthermore, divorce is a state law issue.  In most divorce cases, the state considers the residency of the spouses, notice of the divorce decree, and public policy. Types of International Divorce: Bilateral : This is based on both spouses...

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Violations of Non-compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee that restricts an employee’s conduct post-employment. In a non-compete contract, the employee usually agrees not to compete against his/her former employer for a set period of time.  Competition can include using trade secrets, contacting past clients, and working for rival companies. How to Deal with...

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What Happens After a Civil Order is Issued

In Florida, a final judgment is not actually the final step of the case. If you are the winner, there are additional steps you must take to enforce the judgment (order). If you are the loser, you may wish to appeal the decision. Whichever side you are on, you should know what happens after a...

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What To Do When Being Sued

If you receive a service of process and a complaint has been filed against you for a civil suit, you might find yourself asking some questions. What does it mean to be sued? What should you do? Consider this basic checklist for what to do when being sued  in Florida. Admit to Yourself: The case will not...

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Notary Public vs. Civil Law Notary

Notary public vs. civil law notary: A civil law notary is distinct from a notary public. On the one hand, a Florida notary public requires very little training, payment of a small fee, and very few duties and responsibilities. On the other hand, a civil law notary requires extensive training, has a tremendous amount of...

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Types of Discovery in Civil Litigation Cases

If a civil case cannot be prevented at the outset, it may end up going to trial. This means one party files a complaint with a court of proper jurisdiction. After the complaint is filed, the other party then has the opportunity to file, for example, a Motion to Dismiss or an Answer. Then the case...