Law in the Library: Bankruptcy

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The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present this series of free presenations by experienced attorneys and professionals to provide information on pertinent legal topics.

Bankruptcy on Monday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Sharon Sperling, Esq., will discuss bankruptcy law in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. She will explain how debt reorganization or discharge of debts can provide much needed financial relief, allowing people to achieve economic stability. Law in the Library is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Restoration of Civil Rights Workshop: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Tower Road Branch. Attorneys from Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and law students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law will provide one-on-one assistance to persons who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored. If civil rights are restored an applicant will have the right to vote, sit on a jury and hold public office.

Transferring Your Property When You Pass - Avoiding Future (and Repairing Past) Problems, January 12, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. James H. (Mac) McCarty, Jr. Esq., will discuss planning for an effective transfer of ownership of property and the correct tools needed to do so. The goal is to avoid probate, when possible, and unnecessary delay in the transfer of property to heirs. Also, how to fix problems with estate property will be briefly addressed.  Of particular concern will be the transfer of the family home and family real property. 

Estate Planning
6 p.m. on Monday, May 11 at Millhopper Branch. Parker Lawrence, Esq., will discuss estate planning basics. His presentation will address titling assets, protections given to homestead property, elective share for a disinherited spouse, wills versus trusts, consequences of not having a will, and probate.

During these free presentations experienced attorneys and professionals share their knowledge on a variety of pertinent legal issues. Legal resources are also available to the public in the John A.H. Murphree Law Library, located at Headquarters. Resources includes the Florida Bar Journal (2009 to present), Florida Cases, Florida Law Weekly, the Florida Statutes plus the Nolo’s small business essentials series and the WestLawNext (only available at Headquarters) and Gale Legal Forms databases.

Previous sessions this series included:
Elder Law: Protecting Yourself and Your Assets 6 p.m. on Monday, November 10,
at Headquarters Library. Sam W. Boone, Esq., the immediate past president of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA), and Shannon Miller, Esq. and AFELA’s current president, will be speaking about the importance of a proper estate for the elderly to provide for an orderly transition of assets at death, the prevention of guardianship and to minimize possible exploitation. A brief overview of the Veterans Administration’s Enhanced Pension (Aid and Attendance), Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBA) and Medicaid Eligibility will be included.

Child Support Issues, Questions & Procedures on Monday, October 27, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Judicial Hearing Officer S. P. Stafford, Esq., will cover both traditional and current aspects of paternity and child support establishment, modification of child support and enforcement through contempt. Questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Restoration of Civil Rights Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Library Partnership and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Cone Park Branch.

Residential Foreclosure on Monday, September 29, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, Erin Slemmens, Esq. of Three Rivers Legal Services, will provide an overview of the foreclosure process, the modification process, short sales, deeds in lieu foreclosure and things to look for once a foreclosure has been filed.

For additional information, please contact Nickie Kortus,, or (352) 334-3909 or Jan Bendik, Esq., at or (352) 372-0519.

Law in the Library - Alachua County Library

Posted by NickieK on November 1, 2014