Involuntary Commitment to Treatment is an Effective Tool by Joe Considine, Esq.

Written by Joe Considine, Esquire Originally published in THE SOBER WORLD. “After a one year drop in 2018, U.S. opioid overdose deaths increased again in 2019, topping 50,000 for the first time according to the CDC.” (Associated Press 10-22-2020) There were 82,000 alcohol related deaths in 2018; they have never been higher. Overdose rates have … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – December 2020 Editor: Caryn A.Stevens Associate Editor: Gina Szapucki Appeals: Goodman v. Goodman, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2725 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2020). Remand remanded back to trial court who apparently “inadvertently” failed to follow remand instructions from prior appeal. Judge John S. Carlin, affirmed in part, reversed in part. Enforcement: Ringenberg v. Ringenberg, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2791 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020). … Continue reading

The Florida Bar – Summary of 2020 Disciplinary Orders (Ranked in order of severity of discipline)

The Florida Bar Summary of 2020 Disciplinary Orders (Ranked in order of severity of discipline) Nicole Blair Dickerson, P.O. Box 26095, Los Angeles, Calif., and 33 E. Robinson St., Suite 113, Orlando, disbarred effective immediately following a November 16 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2015) Dickerson failed to provide a copy of the Supreme Court’s March 5 … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – November 2020

Stephens' Squibs Family Law Monthly Law CLE - Episode 5 with Family Law Legend DAVID MANZ will be available 12/15/2020 To register: Editor: Caryn A.Stevens Associate Editor: Gina Szapucki Attorney’s Fees: Rotunda v. Rotunda, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2498 (Fla. 5th DCA 2020). Trial court erred not awarding attorney’s fees for the fourth day of trial. Judge George … Continue reading

My Unfortunate Real Life Battle with Darth Vader

If you know me, you know I am a Star Wars fan. It is not just a film to me.  It is the classic example of Joseph Campbell's "Monomyth", or the Hero's Journey.  This is the very blueprint I have employed to constantly expand my comfort zone.  More on that here. So can you imagine … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – October 2020

Now Available! Click HERE to register! Editor: Caryn A.Stevens Associate Editor: Gina Szapucki Agreements: Thomas v. Thomas, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2311 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020). Trial court erred enforcing settlement agreement. Acceptance to offer must be a mirror image of the offer in all material respects, or else it constitutes a counteroffer that rejects the original offer. Judge … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens Appointed Director of Legal Education for Center for Child Counseling

Center for Child Counseling, Inc. is proud to announce that Eddie Stephens has been appointed the organization’s Director of Legal Education. Stephens, who has served as a Board Member of Center for Child Counseling since 2017 is a Board Certified Marital & Family Lawyer and is a partner at the Ward Damon Law Firm. He is past chair of the … Continue reading

2nd Annual Family Law Mental Heath Summit Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! The Center for Child Counseling made the decision to pivot and present their 2nd Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit virtually. This allows is to make it available to more people at a more affordable price point. And this year's CLE is a knock out! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Center for … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – September 2020

2nd Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit - Available on Demand - November 1st Click HERE to register. Alimony: Trachtman v. Trachtman, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2089 (Fla. 5th DCA 2020). Award of alimony that failed to meet wife’s need and left husband with surplus without an explanation reversed. Judge Karen A. Foxman, reversed. Attorney’s Fees: Gonzalez … Continue reading