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New Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Rules In Effect

By Julia Kefalinos |

Bankruptcy is a complicated process. Many Florida residents think they can manage a Chapter 13 bankruptcy on their own. But there are a number of rules and forms involved, and if a debtor is not careful, they can sabotage their case right out of the gate. How New Amendments Help Creditors The Supreme Court… Read More »

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Florida Prosecutors Cracking Down on Gun Rights of Domestic Violence Defendants

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence order can affect your basic civil rights. For example, Florida law states that a person under a final “injunction committing acts of domestic violence, stalking, or cyberstalking” may not possess a firearm. Violation of this firearms ban is separately punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor. Similarly a person convicted of any felony–including… Read More »

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Is Cyberstalking a Crime in Florida?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Stalking allegations are common in Florida domestic violence cases. Stalking refers to any pattern of harassment or unwanted attention designed to provoke fear in the victim. These days, stalking not only includes actions that take place in the physical world but also via the Internet. In fact, Florida’s criminal stalking laws expressly define a… Read More »

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Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony If I File for Bankruptcy?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you need to be mindful that certain categories of debt cannot be discharged. For example, if you are divorced and the court ordered you to pay spousal or child support, you cannot escape these obligations through the bankruptcy courts. To the contrary, the federal bankruptcy… Read More »

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Are Tax Debts Dischargeable in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

By Julia Kefalinos |

While a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is designed to give a debtor a “fresh start,” that does not necessarily mean that you can eliminate all of your outstanding debts. Congress exempts a number of categories of debt from discharge through bankruptcy. Not surprisingly, one such exemption covers tax debts owed to the government itself. According… Read More »

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What Is a “Habitual Traffic Offender” Under Florida Law?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Traffic violations are not the type of offenses we often think of as serious crimes. But too many traffic violations can be a major problem. For example, under Florida law a person can be charged as a “habitual traffic offender”–a third-degree felony–if they have at least 15 convictions for “moving traffic offenses for which… Read More »

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Do I Need to Disclose Pending Lawsuits on My Bankruptcy Petition?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, it is critical to disclose all of your assets to the court. This includes any potential legal claims you may have against other parties. For example, if you were in a car accident and sued the other driver for negligence prior to your bankruptcy filing, your personal injury… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Says It Is “Reasonable” for Police to Detain, Question Passengers During Traffic Stops

By Julia Kefalinos |

Many criminal cases in Florida start with a traffic stop. An officer may initially intend to cite the driver for something like a broken taillight, only to discover there is evidence of some other crime, such as DUI or drug possession. But what about the passengers in the vehicle? Can the police detain or… Read More »

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What Happens If I Flee an Accident Scene Where Someone Has Died?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Any drunk driving arrest is a serious matter in Florida. But when a DUI results in serious injury or death to another person, the consequences are especially severe. Florida classifies DUI manslaughter as a second-degree felony, and in some cases it can be elevated to a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to… Read More »

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What Happens If I Omit a Creditor from My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petition?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In any kind of bankruptcy case, it is critical to list all of your known debts on the appropriate schedules accompanying your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition. As a matter of law, your creditors have the right to be notified of your bankruptcy case and to present a claim. If you omit a… Read More »

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