Closure of Key West, Miami and Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouses on Monday, August 27, 2012

During inclement weather periods, the safety of jurors, the public and Court personnel is always a priority. In the event of hazardous weather conditions, including hurricanes and tropical storms, the policy of the Southern District of Florida is to close federal courthouses when the local public schools within a particular county close. In light of the announced closures of public […]

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Miami Dade Court and Clerk Closed Monday 8/27 Due To Isaac

MIAMI-DADE COURTS AND CLERK OF COURTS’ OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY, AUG. 27TH, DUE TO PROJECTED SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM ISAAC. In the interest of safety, all Miami-Dade Courts and Clerk of Courts’ offices will be closed on Monday, August 27, 2012, due to high winds and severe weather conditions projected to arrive in South Florida over the next […]

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PACER Video Tutorials

These adorable PACER video tutorials are worth a quick look… they are very short and VERY corny… As of the writing of this post, the following topics are available and each video is only a couple of minutes long: Pacer Case Locator Overview Tutorial Pacer Case Locator Information Tutorial Digital Audio Recording Access Tutorial Usage History Report Tutorial You can […]

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E-Service versus Service by E-Mail (Rule 2.516) – Do You Know The Difference?

In the attached Florida Bar News article, we see that the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee voted to file an emergency petition with the court to clarify this point regarding Rule 2.516. (Look at the bottom of Page 2 under “Changes Yet To Come“). 8/15/12 Florida Bar News Article re: E-Service, E-Mail, E-Discovery As they point out in the article, service […]

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Go for the Gold in the Paralegal Olympics! Our version of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Did you ever think that being a paralegal could be an olympic sport? Sometimes it feels like it! Here are just two categories we could compete in: Weightlifting – equipment consists of mountains of redwells or boxes of files of different weights. In weightlifting competitions, paralegals must lift a stack of redwells loaded to a certain weight under strictly specified […]

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Learning How To Use Westlaw

One of our subscribers reached out yesterday and asked for a point in the right direction for some lessons on doing case law research on Westlaw. Here are some resources I’ve put together that hopefully will help her and anyone else who is interested.  Keep in mind, if your firm has a Westlaw account, you probably have a handy dandy […]

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How to Request IRS Tax Returns

Special Authorization form 4506 – CLICK HERE. Must be sent to the IRS within 60 days of signature on the form. Include $57.00 for each tax year requested. Address for taxpayer must match tax records. Include any past addresses. Name must also match the taxpayer; include any other names used. Deceased or incapacitated taxpayers must have a Proof of Executor […]

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