Foreclosure Figures

Home foreclosure is no longer making headlines like it did in the Recession, but Floridians are still feeling the impact from the economic downturn according to a survey by the University of South Florida and the Nielsen Company. Though Florida foreclosures have decreased, Florida ranks number two nationally in highest foreclosure rates in the third quarter, according to RealtyTrac.  They reported numbers in our area for September as follows: Clay County – One in every 368 * Duval County – One in every 541 Flagler County – One in every 497 Nassau County – One in every 516 Putnam County – One in every 506 St. Johns County – One in every 1,200 (* Note that Clay County is in the top five foreclosure counties in Florida.) While foreclosure is not currently the forefront of the news, if it is affecting you, then it is the headline of your financial life.  There may be a legal resolution.  Seek competent legal counsel to learn what legal choices you may have.   Read More

Control Through Choices

When I was growing up, my parents made me sand and stain a paddle and drill twenty-six holes in it.  Inscribed on the paddle were these words:  “When love and talking doesn’t work, then love and I will.”  While the paddle was made for me, it never touched my butt.  (Got all my brothers and sisters, though.)  I talked myself out of more spankings…maybe that is why I became a lawyer. You do not have to live with your parents—the Juvenile Justice System will feed you, and give you clothes, housing, and something to do—but you may not want that.  Even as a child, your choices give you some control over your life. What you fail to learn at home you can get in court:  discipline and something to do with your time. “The best way to remain in charge of your own life is to know the law and obey it.” –Judge Alexander and Judge Wolfe. Read More

Amenities as a Guest of the State

If you do not eat your vegetables at home, you can get them in prison.  Florida’s inmates work on over 53 different farms, gardens, and University of Florida food and agricultural facilities, harvesting about 10.4 million pounds of produce, including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, watermelon, and other fruits and vegetables.  If farming, roadwork, or institutional laundry or cooking is not your occupation of choice, you may want to talk to a defense lawyer before you are serving time as a guest of the State. A gated community is not for everyone, especially when the bars do not allow you to come and go as you please.  I always thought I would like jail.  I could get a lot of reading done and would not be interrupted by phone calls, but the loss of freedom is more than an exclusion of distractions.  If you have any legal issue with a prison time, it is good to have an attorney. A defense attorney can help you work with the prosecution on choices to get the best resolution possible.  You may have made bad decisions, but you do not have to put yourself in a worse position by shutting down choices.  Seek […] Read More