A recent survey of managing partners of Florida law firms -- the partners who are most senior and have the greatest responsibility for the business direction of a law firm -- has shown that Florida’s legal world is growing for the first time in years.
If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that the U.S. is caught in the middle of strange times for the legal profession. Law schools have been minting so many new graduates that it is difficult to find jobs for all of them.
In fact, some of them are even leaving the legal profession for other fields where they benefit from the research skills and critical thinking that they learned during their law school tenure.
Now, however, it seems that an optimistic mood is sweeping through Florida’s legal profession. This is resulting in the opening of more offices and the expansion of services for consumers.
What does it all mean for you?
Less Successful Firms Are Caught In The Economic Undertow in Florida
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If you have never needed the assistance of a lawyer before, you might not know about one of the most contentious relationships in the legal world: The relationship between experienced trial attorneys and insurance companies.
Over the past several years, insurance companies have become more aggressive in their tactics to frighten accident victims and try to ensure that minimal payments are provided for people in need after an automotive accident or slip and fall.
This approach has created the need for trial attorneys -- those most experienced at taking intransigent foes to court -- to step into the gap and protect average people from having their rights violated.
Insurance Companies Rely On Their Clout And Fearsome Reputation To Scare Customers
It’s no surprise that insurance companies rely on paying out as little as possible in their claims in order to maintain their profit and the “healthy growth” demanded by their top shareholders.
However, it was not that long ago when this was balanced against a respect for the fact that people call on insurance claims when they are in serious need -- and can’t afford to wait.
That respect has gradually dwindled as larger insurance companies have shifted their business models. Some areas of insurance that... read article
Here in the Sunshine State, we have several highways and urban areas that are well known to be some of the most dangerous in the United States. Major accidents take place in metro areas like Tampa and Fort Lauderdale on a regular basis.
You might think it would be a wise idea to do anything possible to help reduce the odds of these major accidents, but it seems that some municipalities may have overstepped their due authority in the quest to make the streets safer.
Although it isn’t a “sure thing” just yet, there are several lawsuits on their way across the federal court system this November, alleging that Florida cities with red light cameras should be forced to pay back millions of dollars to hundreds of thousands of motorists.
Red Light Cameras A Double-Edged Sword?
Red light cameras might seem like a sure way to reduce speed and incentivize safe driving on tough Florida roadways. However, that’s not the way some attorneys and their clients see it.
The state of Florida receives about $83 out of... read article
If you are a Florida motorist, you probably already know that the law requires you to slow down and vacate the nearest lane if you see a parked emergency or law enforcement vehicle along the side of the road.
Motorists are expected to drop to a speed of 20 miles per hour less than the posted limit, or to five miles per hour if the limit is 20 miles per hour or less, and “move over” to ensure the safety of these personnel.
Needless to say, failing to adhere to the provisions of the Move Over law can get you in some serious trouble in the form of a fine and points on your license -- especially considering that the people empowered to enforce the law are likely in the vehicle you just passed by!
What you may not know, however, is that the Move Over Act has recently been expanded. The original law went into effect fairly recently, on July 1, and has already been amended to include more state, county, and local personnel.
If you’re facing a situation where you’ve lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence, it can be hard to know where to turn or what to do.
Wrongful death is one of the most tragic situations that anyone can have to deal with, in Florida or anywhere else. You need and deserve clear answers and steps you can take.
If you’re considering calling a wrongful death lawyer, take these steps:
Make Time For Your Own Grief
As important as it is to take action on your case as soon as you can, it’s critical that you allow yourself time to mourn in your own way. An attorney who is truly experienced in working with wrongful death cases understands that you need time to begin healing even while the case is in process. Reach out to family, friends, or community resources.
Gather Documentation Of The Situation
Whether the wrongful death was sudden or prolonged, there is some documentation -- and this is crucial to your... read article
When you think of trial attorneys, what comes to mind?
Most people don’t interact with trial attorneys on a regular basis. Their vision of just what such an attorney is like may be based on television, movies, or books -- among other media.
However, there is one word that comes up frequently when trial attorneys are mentioned: Aggressive.
Trial attorneys want you to know that they will fight for you. What does that claim really mean, though, and how can you prove it? Let’s take a closer look at this popular perception of attorneys and how it relates to your case.
Why Being “Aggressive” Is Vital To The Outcome Of A Case
When you have a court case in Florida, you want a team on your side that will strive tirelessly to protect your rights. However, you also need that team to take advantage of all the opportunities that might be presented to you.
Being proactive, flexible, and unwilling to take “no” for an answer is the “aggressiveness” that’s most effective for... read article
It’s practically a cliché that the law is very complex. Finding the right lawyer can be tough at times because there are so many things to consider and most people don’t need lawyers often.
When you are the victim of a slip and fall, you obviously want the best possible representation for your case. However, it’s not unusual for legal consumers to not know where to begin.
Experience, expertise, and personal traits are all factors in making sure that a lawyer is right for a case. Every case is different, so you should look for different factors when choosing a lawyer.
Let’s consider some of the most important “success factors” for a slip and fall case:
1) Legal Expertise Combined With Compassion
Slip and fall accidents are under-reported in the state of Florida and elsewhere because people who have suffered from them have a tendency to blame themselves. However, pursuing a court case is in a victim’s best interests, especially if there are medical bills involved. A healthy dose of compassion can help you make the best decisions for you.
2) Trial Experience
Trial attorneys can help you achieve your goals even in situations where a court appearance may not be necessary. Most businesses that might be... read article
Millions of tons of products travel across the United States in commercial vehicles like trucks every single day. Florida is one of the states in our nation with the largest trucking industry.
For the most part, these items get to their destination safely and without issue. However, the few accidents that do happen involving trucks make big news -- and they can have truly devastating consequences.
Out on the open road, a commercial truck is easily the largest vehicle most people encounter. Even the most brief “blip” in the operation of such a vehicle can be disastrous.
If you have been in an accident involving a truck, you need legal representation that will pursue your rights aggressively and not allow your situation to be “swept under the rug.”
Truck Drivers Are Held To Higher Standards Than Other Motorists In Florida
Anyone who wants to become a trucker or operate another commercial vehicle generally needs to get a commercial license. That involves training and... read article
Recently, the Florida State Bar and other organizations have issued statistics that strongly suggest there are “too many” lawyers in the Sunshine State. While it might seem somewhat amusing to say something like that, it has a major impact on people in Florida.
In Florida and throughout the United States, the last decade or so has seen a huge increase in the number of practicing lawyers. At the same time, the number of law schools has also begun to increase. This has created a “glut” of lawyers in some areas throughout the country.
When there are too many lawyers without enough experience, it has an impact on people who want to consume legal services. The quality of those services has a tendency to go down.
This is unfortunate, because in many cases, senior lawyers who have trial experience will be needed in order to protect your rights. Luckily, it seems as if the trend is finally reversing.
Experienced Attorneys Are Key When It Comes To The Best Legal Representation Around
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