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Substitute Service on Nonresident Through the Secretary of State

April 11, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

By: James D. Stone, III, Esq.

So you have made the decision to go through with a law suit against an individual or entity debtor that owes you money and are ready to effectuate service of process. But what happens when the debtor does not reside in Florida or is concealing its where abouts? Generally, Florida law requires that process be served personally upon a person. Fla. Stat. § 48.031(1)(a) (2008). However in some limited circumstances, Florida law permits service of process by substitute methods of service. These alternate methods of service are especially implicated in situations where attempts to locate a defendant fail. One of these methods is service upon the Secretary of State of Florida. However, this method of service is limited to specific circumstances defined by statute. To read more click the title. . .

March 2011

April 8, 2011 In The News

Jimerson & Wilson hosted a mock foreclosure trial put on by the Mock Trial Team of Florida Coastal School of Law on April 8 at the Florida Coastal campus.

April 2011

April 1, 2011 In The News

Charles Jimerson was named to the 2011 Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, a designation that names the top business professionals in the community under the age of 40.

Overview of Florida’s 2011 Legislative Session (Part 2 of 2)

March 24, 2011 Community Association Industry Legal Blog, Construction Industry Legal Blog

By Harry M. Wilson, IV Esq.

Florida lawmakers convened in Tallahassee in early March to begin the state’s annual legislative session, which will run through May 6th. Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate. This session marks the first for Governor Rick Scott who ran on a platform to reduce government, cut taxes and create jobs. Close to 1,800 bills have already been filed but perhaps the biggest challenge lawmakers will face will be balancing the state budget. In follow up to my first post, the following article highlights some of the other big issues facing the legislature this session:

10 Things to Consider When Selecting a General Contractor in Florida

March 22, 2011 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Recently I was reading some old business journals and came across this article detailing How to Choose a General Contractor or Developer. In addition to competitive pricing, the JBJ extols the virtues of vetting the licensing, qualifications, references and workforce of your contractor. Using this article, past experience and client interviews as inspiration, we have created a list of 10 things to consider when selecting a General Contractor.

Almost Scammed: The Latest Nigerian Fraud on Lawyers

March 16, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

By Harry M. Wilson, IV Esq.
It almost goes without saying, but lawyers should go the extra mile to double check the background of potential clients who come to the firm solely via email. As we’ve learned from personal experience, there are con artists afoot who would use lawyers to perpetrate their, albeit clumsy, frauds. Recently, our firm was contacted twice by imposters posing as potential clients.

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