We have found ourselves in the middle of March and its madness. Also, we have found ourselves in the midst of Spring Break season. Spring Break is entirely different here in Florida due to all of the out of State visitors.
We in South Florida are lucky enough to be a Spring Break destination. With this distinction, we have will have an overflow of college party goers who will have little regard for our local laws. If you have been a resident of the area you know what beaches to avoid during the height of Spring Break, or perhaps you know which beaches you want to frequent!
To prepare for Spring Break mode, a few tips are key during this time of year:
1. Be Aware: Many out of State drivers are on our roads, and, unfortunately, may be inebriated. If you see one of these drivers best it to let them around you or give them as much room as possible.
2. Good Hotels Could be Scarce: Prices on rooms may be higher than usual. If you are planning on having friends or family visit, the hotel may have already been booked to get that great beach destination.
3. Traffic: Traffic may not have any discernable difference during the day; however, you’re likely to notice it the closer you get to the beaches. Plan to spend extra time in the car if you have weekend plans to hit the sand or any destination nearby.
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SCOTUS is an acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States. The court system is the third pillar of our checks and balance government. One would think due to the rise of social media and limited character spaces that SCOTUS was created in modern times. However, the abbreviation can be traced back to 1879. Members of the court will be nominated by the current president and must be confirmed by the Senate, not Congress as a whole. Once a justice has been confirmed into office that person may hold a seat on the court until they either retire or die.
An interesting fact about the court is it has not always been a nine justice court. The Supreme Court originally started with six members. The Supreme Court has grown to as large as 10 members, but was shrunk down to it’s modern size of nine members in 1869.
The current Chief Justice is John Roberts. He was appointed in 2005 by George H.W. bush when his predecessor, William Rehnquist, died. SCOTUS does have a hierarchy within itself. The Chief Justice is considered the most senior member regardless of length of tenure. From there, the Associated Justices are ranked by the length of time served in the court.
The Associate Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States are as follows in their seniority ranking: Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Sonia Sotomayer, and Elena Kagan.
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Google Plus has changed immensely since it’s launch back in the fall of 2011. Google describes Google Plus as a social layer to the internet. This is why we have decided to participate on the platform. Simplicity. You like most of the internet world use Google for searching. You also likely use G-Mail for communication and later in the day hop onto Youtube to watch some cat videos.
The best part of being on Google plus is the ease of information retrieval. Many times when we’re in a rush we don’t have time nor think about how to quickly obtain phone numbers or addresses. Now that we’re plugged into Google Plus you can search for us in google and find our phone number or address in a quick pinch. Also, when you leave us a review on Google Plus it will help others make a well informed decision about our firm.
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Presidents’ Day similarly to Veteran’s Day started as a different holiday and morphed into the holiday we now celebrate annually in February. However, unlike Veteran’s Day, Presidents’ Day is not the name of the official national holiday, it is Washington’s Birthday. That is why you may see two methods to spell Presidents’ Day. It can be either, Presidents Day, or Presidents’ Day.
So why is there all the confusion on the name of the holiday? Since states are not required to adopt federal holidays. Some States have named it Presidents’ Day, others Washington and Lincoln’s Birthday, some have kept the name Washington’s Birthday. While federal agencies will officially celebrate Washington’s Birthday. State agencies may still be operational. Additionally, some states may celebrate Washington’s Birthday on his actual birthday, which is February 22nd. President Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th.
If Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd, why is the holiday always on a Monday? The holiday was changed to be celebrated on the third Monday of February in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
The common practice of bail in our court system originates from English common law. Bail is providing the court collateral or money to guarantee the suspect will appear in court for the trial. When the suspect is unable to provide the money for bail the next step is to contact a bail bondsman. At this point the bondsman collateral is used for the bond and will collect a service fee for the loan.
It is estimated that approximately 10-25% of all suspects fail to show up on their court date. This means they have jumped, or skipped bail. The day of the trial the bond is to be paid. The bondsman will pay the bond for the suspect weather or not the suspect shows up for the intended court date. The bond is said to be in default. A part of skipping bail the suspect must willingly avoid the court date. If failure to appear in court was found to be unavoidable or unintentional, and due to circumstances beyond their control the bond will not default.
After a defendant has bailed on bail, the bail bondsman will likely hire a bounty hunter. The laws vary state to state, but generally a bounty hunter is not restricted by state lines, they can enter private property with out a warranty, nor do they have to read Miranda rights. Bounty hunters are restricted to the US borders. They are not allowed to search for a defendant internationally.
If you have jumped bail, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Jumping bail can be a felony depending on your state. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us!
The IRS will open it’s doors to begin accepting tax returns this week. As expected, a rise in electronically filed tax returns will continue this year.
Scammers are expected to kick into high gear for tax filing season. Scammers will file a false tax return for you in order to receive a sizable refund. You won’t even notice until you attempt to file your real return, only to find out a check has already been issued. To safeguard yourself only use trusted sites when filing online. Also file early, scammers are trying to file before you do, so you won’t notice that your identity has been compromised.
Not everyone is required to file even though income was received. For instance, if you are single, under the age of 65 by the end of 2013, and you grossed $9,500, you do not need to file taxes. Check out below to see all the applicable instances where you will not need to file 2013 taxes.
The biggest changes to filing year year’s taxes will come to those who earn more than $400,000 a year. Their taxes will rise from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. Additionally, maximum capital gains will rise from 15% to 20%. Most changes will go unnoticed by a large part of Americans.
Did you know… you can call the IRS for help with your taxes? It’s true, here is their number: (800) 829-1040
All signs point to a recovery from the foreclosure collapse in the late 2000′s. According to the Housing and Urban Development Housing Scorecard home equity has continued it’s upward trend and shows continual signs of improvement. As far as rising prices for houses, the jury is still out if prices will continue to fall or rise in the next 12 months.
What does this mean if you are on the cusp of having your home go into foreclosure? It should be seen as a great thing for homeowners. It signals that Banks have been willing to work with homeowners to stay in their home. Proactively assisting homeowners has been pushed by the Federal government and also on the State level. We are starting to show signs of how the programs are working. All the different rules and laws regarding foreclosure rapidly change, and we understand that it’s difficult to keep up. That’s where we can help! Your bank already has an entire department dedicated to processing foreclosures; this includes a legal team. Your bank has an attorney; you should have one too.
If you are in foreclosure or about to be, it’s not too late! Don’t avoid service and don’t avoid the phone calls. Avoiding the problem will only make it worse. Call us today and find out how we can help you with your troubling foreclosure. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us.
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We celebrate all that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has done for us during his lifetime. The holiday was signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1983. However, many states would resist observation of the holiday. It was not until 2000 would all 50 states officially observe Martin Luther King day, the last holdout was South Carolina.
In Boca Raton, this upcoming Monday the celebration begins at 9am at the MKL JR Memorial Site. For more information for all the activities planned please check out this link.
While most will not have the day off, employers are increasingly providing the day off as a paid holiday. If you should be one of those lucky persons, please consider attending one of the celebrations in Dr. King’s honor.
Additionally, South Miami has a sizable celebration planned check out the event here.
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Brand new year, full of possibilities and wonder. This year IS your year go out and take over the world. We at KS law want to help you with those unexpected lightening bolts of excitement when we’re needed.
This year will be full of unexpected surprises. The usual association with a surprise that will need a lawyer is negative, that doesn’t have to be true! What if one night you come up with the next best thing since sliced bread? You’ll need a trusted lawyer to help you patent the idea. You could find out that you’re having a child this year, you may want to set up a trust for them in the future, a lawyer can help! A long lost relative from a remote part of the world just left you their entire estate. You’d want an experienced lawyer to help you sort out all the red tape.
We know it’s hard to find a trusted lawyer. We offer free consultations, so you never have to pay anything before we get to work for you. We want you to know that we’re on your side and want you to be successful in this new year. Remember to live life and leave the legal stuff to us!
We want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Lets do our best to make this season bright! Have a great South Florida Christmas!