The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library. These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Lease or Buy: Real Estate Options for Small Business Owners is April 13, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Philip N. Kabler, Esq., an attorney with Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A., will present Lease or Buy: What small business owners should think about when considering their real estate options? He will outline the considerations for small business owners who are facing a decision of leasing or buying real estate. Kabler practices real estate, business and banking law in Gainesville.
Treasure at the Courthouse: Getting the most out of the free (and mostly-free) resources is Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Peg O’Connor, Esq., an attorney with Turner, O’Connor, Kozlowski, will provide an overview of how to access the court system and what resources are available to all citizens. O’Connor concentrates her practice on criminal defense, healthcare law, and licensing/tenure issues.
The series continues with:
Child Support Workshops. 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. These child support workshops are not for specific detailed case information. The discussion provides information about the child support process and navigating the judicial system. Questions will be welcomed and encouraged.
Tuesday, April 7, 6 to 7 p.m. at High Springs Branch, 135 N.W. 1 Avenue, High Springs, (386) 454-2515
Tuesday, May 19, 6 to 7 p.m. at Hawthorne Branch, 6640 S.E. 221 St., Hawthorne, (352) 481-1920
Tuesday, May 26, 6 to 7 p.m. at Archer Branch, 13266 S.W. State Road 45, Archer, (352) 495-3367
Restoration of Civil Rights Workshop: 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.
Thursday, April 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16 Avenue, (352) 334-0165
May is Elder Law Month
Estate Planning - 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.
May 11, 6 p.m., Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 Street
Also, free legal resources are available in the John A.H. Murphree Law Library located at Headquarters Library. Resources include 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.
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:
Law in the Library: Divorce and Custody: A Roadmap - Monday, February 9, 6 p.m., at Headquarters Library, Jenny Seltzer, Esq. with Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. discussed the key questions and issues involved in Family Law divorce cases, review the necessary forms that need to be submitted and the general court procedures involved. She also covered what judges are looking for in court, what resources are available to those wanting to represent themselves and when hiring a an attorney is most critical.
Transferring Your Property When You Pass - Avoiding Future and Repairing Past Problems, January 12, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, James H. (Mac) McCarty, Jr., Esq., discussed planning for an effective transfer of ownership of property and the correct tools needed to do so. His presentation included how to avoid probate, when possible, unnecessary delay in the transfer of property to heirs and the transfer of the family home and family real property. Also, covered were how to fix problems with estate property.
Bankruptcy - Monday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Sharon Sperling, Esq., discussed bankruptcy law in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. She explained how debt reorganization or discharge of debts can provide much needed financial relief, allowing people to achieve economic stability.
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, spoke 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 was included.
Child Support Issues, Questions & Procedures on Monday, October 27, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Judicial Hearing Officer S. P. Stafford, Esq., covered both traditional and current aspects of paternity and child support establishment, modification of child support and enforcement through contempt. Questions followed.
Wednesday, March 4, 6 to 7 p.m., Alachua Branch
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Library Partnership
Restoration of Civil Rights Workshop:Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Library Partnership
Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Cone Park Branch
Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Tower Road Branch
Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Headquarters Library
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tower Road Branch
Residential Foreclosure on Monday, September 29, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, Erin Slemmens, Esq. of Three Rivers Legal Services, provided 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.