The Land of Sunshine, Beautiful Beaches and Sinkholes

“The Land of Sunshine, Beautiful Beaches and……..Sinkholes”** It seems like everyone in Tampa Bay has somehow been touched by a sinkhole. If you don’t own a home that has cracked in half because of one, then you have a relative or coworker or close friend who has lived through this menace. They are Florida’s equivalent of a small and confined, but equally destructive, earthquake. Except, instead of shaking from side to side, the land opens underneath the structure and can swallow your house whole. Or Read More +

Gun Control and Recent Events

Ever since the tragic murder sprees this summer by lunatics with guns,  first by a deranged individual in a dark Colorado theater and more recently by a white supremacist in a community-oriented Sikh mosque in Wisconsin, media personalities and other activists have renewed calls for more stringent gun control laws. Ethical considerations aside, it doesn’t take a genius to know that there will be no further gun control legislation this year or next. In fact, as you may have noticed outside the media there is Read More +

Free Download: A Valid Florida Living Will

Death is never an easy subject to tackle. Some ignore the subject matter completely until it is too late to work pro-actively, leaving a spouse or family to react to a mess. Often this results in the need to retain lawyers and experts in order to determine the final wishes of the incapacitated person in question. Case-in-point:  You may recall the tragic case of Terri Schiavo in Florida who fell, hit her head and was left in a (near) vegetative state for more than a Read More +

The Enduring Legacy of John Durney, “Mr. New Port Richey”

One of the great characters I’ve met in my life was a larger-than-life man named John Durney. I first met Mr. Durney when I was just beginning my avocation as a docent at the Salvador Dali Museum in the 1990s. Mr. Durney, tall and thin, was the ultimate Dali aficionado. I believe he was a graduate of the first class of docents of the new Museum in 1983 and his tours were truly something else. John gave his tours adorned with a long, trimmed, waxed Read More +

Some Misconceptions About DUIs

Most people associate DUIs with alcohol intoxication only. Not completely. Driving under the influence means under the influence of a number of different “intoxicants”. Alcohol is one, but not nearly the only one. Some of you may have read that a number of people have been arrested for DUI in the middle of the night while they’re operating their car under the influence of……Ambien. A sleeping pill. Did they mean to get behind the wheel while sleepwalking and cause mayhem on the road? Of course Read More +

The Affordable Care Act and Why The Check is in the Mail

I don’t mean to get political on a blog to promote my website and my legal services. Politics can be very divisive and the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. However, after representing scores and scores of clients over the years who have no health insurance and seeing the adverse results of this – the inability to get the back surgery he so needs to continue working, the client whose “primary care” is only ever going to the emergency room when she’s Read More +