Stephens’ Squibs – January 2020

Upcoming CLE Programs: 2nd Annual Mental Health Summit with Keynote Speakers Laura Davis-Smith and Dori Foster-Morales April 3, 2020 - West Palm Beach, FL Click Here to Register!   Click Here for Early Bird Registration - Only $75 for 2 Hours of CLE   January Squibs Edited by Caryn A. Stevens Appeals: Thompson v. Melange, … Continue reading

Appellate Procedure Cheat Sheet

NON-FINAL ORDERS  Cross-appeal notice due within 15 days of appellant’s notice of appeal or within the time prescribed for filing a notice of appeal, whichever is later 9.130(g) Initial brief and Appendix are due within 15 days of filing Notice 9.130(e) Answer Brief due 30 days from service of Initial Brief 9.210(f) Reply Brief due … Continue reading

16 year 11 month marriage deemed “Long Term Marriage” by 1st DCA

Yesterday, the First DCA issued an opinion that affirmed a trial court treating a 16 year, 11 month marriage (just one month shy of the statutory presumption of a “long-term” marriage. See § 61.08(4), Fla. Stat.) as a "long term marriage" as one month is a "de minimis" period given the length of the marriage.  Eliminates any … Continue reading

11th Annual Family Law Case Law – Early Bird Registration

Register by 2/29 for 50% discount on registration! Early Bird Registration = $75 Regular Registration = $150 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOTE:  Program will be archived immediately after premiere and available for viewing for 6 months.  You do NOT have to participate in LIVE broadcast to receive CLE credit. NOTE:  This … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens helps Kick Off New C.O.R.E. Program at Gulliver Preparatory

Recently, I was asked to return to my high school, Gulliver Preparatory (Miami, FL),  to participate in a panel discussion about community engagement.  It was truly a great panel including the President/CEO of the Miami Dolphins/Hard Rock Stadium and a bunch of other Gulliver alumni who are rockstars in their own right, and me. With … Continue reading

EDITORIAL:  57.105: When applicable.

Recently I found myself in the position of having to file a 57.105 motion.  Due to the circumstances, I served the safe harbor notice on every attorney that had a general notice of appearance filed on behalf of the opposing party during the case. I do not believe 57.105 motions should ever be used as … Continue reading

Changes to Florida Notary Laws

Effective January 1, 2020, Florida’s notary laws changed. In general terms, remote notarization will now be permitted, meaning that if certain criteria are met and the statutory protections are in place, the notary will no longer have to physically (in person) witness the person sign the instrument requiring notarization, but rather notarization can be accomplished … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – December 2019

  Edited by Caryn A. Stevens Agreements: Suess v. Suess, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D3028 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2019).  Trial court reversed for limiting wife to 50% of husband’s FRS pension earned during marriage and removing wife as survivor beneficiary, when plain language of agreement provides wife gets half of husband’s entire FRS and that she shall … Continue reading

Summary of Florida Bar 2019 Disciplinary Actions

In 2019, the Florida Supreme Court issued 214 disciplinary orders against attorneys.  They are reported by the Florida Bar in a monthly press release.  I have taken all actions and organized them and ranked them in order of severity.  I believe by looking at the data in this manner certain patterns are easier to identify. … Continue reading