Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled over sixty “safe phone zones” at rest areas, welcome centers, and turnpike service plazas throughout the state. The goal of this program is to remind drivers that some places are appropriate for smartphone use, and others—like their cars—aren’t. Identifying specific places as “safe phone zones” could help reshape the orientation of drivers as they drive and use their cells.
Filing bankruptcy in Florida doesn’t mean you have to lose your IRA savings. IRAs (short for Individual Retirement Accounts) are exempt from the liquidation process of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This means you can keep the full value of any IRA account when you file for bankruptcy. IRAs, as well as other forms of retirement savings, such as 401(k) accounts, are considered exempt property under Florida and federal law. The idea is that a debtor’s retirement savings should not be sacrificed when a “fresh start” is needed.
Florida families who lose a father, mother, son or daughter as a result of medical malpractice may be forced to file a lawsuit when the doctor or hospital refuses to accept responsibility. Most families are surprised to learn that the Florida legislature placed a limit on what they can recover. Fortunately, the Florida Supreme Court has restored justice by ruling that this law, passed in 2003, is unconstitutional, and can not be used to deny the full measure of damages determined by a jury in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit.