Broward County Clerk of Courts- Pay to see case information?!?

Why is Broward the only South Florida County where attorneys cannot easily access case dockets. The Broward Clerk’s website uses some laborious “unit credit” system for premium case access in order to see the actual case dockets, and charges $1.00 per unit , but only if you buy at least 49 units at  $49.00, AND … Read more

Florida’s Statute of Frauds- Performance of Non-Written/Oral Contracts

Non-Compete Agreement

One of the first things an attorney thinks about when defending claims based on oral contracts is whether such claims are barred by the Statute of Frauds. The State of Frauds is a common law defense which has been incorporated into statute in Florida. Traditionally, the Statute of Frauds requires a signed writing in the … Read more

BBC’s Pedigree Dogs Exposed

I have always wondered how the judges at dog shows are able to choose the winning dog (every dog seems worthy) or what even makes one dog “better” than another. In fact I have always been suspicious of the merits of these dog shows and from my admittedly untrained perspectively they have always seemed wholly subjective, without … Read more

Pay-when-Paid Provisions in Construction Contracting

In construction contracting subcontractors need to be aware of “pay-when-paid”(pay-if-paid) clauses in their contracts with general contractors. The purpose of these provisions is to make payment by the general contractor (GC) to the subcontractor (sub) conditioned upon the GC receiving payment from the owner. Simply put, the GC wants to pay its sub for completed … Read more

Personal Injury Attorneys Beware

Here is the scam that one clever Miami homeless man devised. A man named “Daniel Michael Taylor” (I actually think this is his real name.) contacts a personal injury attorney claiming he was referred to that attorney by a friend of his. He has a near perfect case and therefore proves that things too good … Read more

Florida Joint Accounts – Equal Access with Equal Ownership

Joint accounts are common but most people do not understand the rights of each named account owner. While the titling of joint accounts will determine who may access such accounts from the bank’s perspective (with the use of an “and” or “or” designation, requiring both or just one owner to access, respectively), ownership is not … Read more

Cited by OSHA for a workplace safety violation?

  OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is an agency of the Department of Labor. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. For simplicity’s sake, OSHA has officers which perform workplace inspections and issue citations for  non-compliance with  promulgated standards found in … Read more

DUI- Should you take a breathalyzer test ?

A common question I encounter at social gatherings is whether one should submit to a breath test or refuse? Or, more generally, what do I do if I get pulled over and I have been drinking? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Now I am not writing this article to delve into … Read more

Museum “Out of Order”

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science This past weekend I visited the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science  which is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale catercorner to the Broward Center of Performing Arts. The last time I was there was in grade school,  over 15 years ago. Even before that visit, I remember … Read more