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Harry Lee Coe: A Cautionary Tale

Recently, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Jorge Labarga, authored a piece about the effect of stress upon lawyers.1 According to the Chief Justice, “Stress without proper care contributes to the higher-than-usual rates of addiction, suicide, and mental...

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When Lawyers Need Help

Recently, The Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court wrote an essay in the Florida Bar News.  In it, he addresses a problem that is not widely discussed. I reprint it here: "Most lawyers work in stressful jobs. Mine often is.  So are the jobs of most of my friends...

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Emergency Hearings and Due Process

In the practice of Family Law, it is a common experience for a client to ask a lawyer to seek an emergency hearing. Section 61.518(1), Florida Statutes (2015), provides that [b]efore a child custody determination is made under this part, notice and an opportunity to...

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Quitclaim Deeds in Divorce

Quitclaim deeds are a vehicle used to convey an interest in real property.  They are very common in divorce proceedings.  There are a few things to be mindful of with regard to these documents. A deed affects only how the property is titled.  It has no effect on the...

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How Architecture Affects Communication During Meetings

The relative success or failure of meetings, whether with clients, colleagues or outside speakers, depends in part on how the space makes people feel.  Particularly with regard to meetings that are held in a collaborative law context, how the room is set up as well as...

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