Prepare documents quickly and correctly with this practice-proven resource
Florida Legal Secretary is different from other legal references. Instead of detailed expositions of the law, it consists of hundreds of nuts-and-bolts procedures and completed forms:
- How to prepare, file, serve, and amend pleadings
- Preparing and serving written discovery
- How to prepare and file discovery motions
- Getting ready for trial
- Enforcing judgments
- Preparing purchase and sale documents
- How to prepare the mortgage
- Steps for closing sales
- How to foreclose mortgages, agreements for deeds, and statutory liens
- Drafting leases and terminating rental agreements
- Reserving corporate names
- Preparing and filing corporate formation documents
- Housekeeping matters
- Forming LLCs and general and limited partnerships
- Mergers and dissolutions
Plus similarly-detailed procedures and forms for:
- Dissolution of marriage
- Estate administration
- Criminal litigation
This book-and-Digital Access package provides litigation and transactional forms with completion instructions and filing procedures. Each of the more than 1,000 forms accessible via an emailed zip file comes with a quick-reference procedure section in print that details:
- Whom to serve
- Who receives copies
- Other filing requirements and fees
- How many copies to make
- Cross-references to related procedural explanations
- Additional documents to prepare
Instead of digging through old files, needlessly calling the court clerk, or receiving returned, unfiled documents, you can now have at your fingertips the necessary forms, as well as detailed explanations of how to use them.
REVISION 26 HIGHLIGHTS
In this 26th edition of Florida Legal Secretary, author Kathleen J. Hill brings you current on the governing law and procedures in the following practice areas, with new and updated text on:
- New! Bankruptcy in Foreclosure.
- New! Magistrates in Foreclosure Proceedings.
- New! Filing Duties of the Department of State.
- New! Circumstances under which a partnership may correct a filed record.
- Circumstances under which a corporation may correct a filed document.
- New! Rules Governing a Constitutional Challenge to a State Statute or County or Municipal Charter, Ordinance, or Franchise.
- New! Thorough coverage of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, including:
- Notice Requirement for Deploying Parent
- Form of Temporary Custodial Responsibility Agreement
- Grant of Temporary Caretaking Authority to Nonparent
- Temporary Custody Order, including nature and content of
- Order for Child Support
- Modifying or Terminating Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent
Estate Planning and Administration
- New! Award of Fees and Costs in Elective Share Proceedings.
- New! Waiver of Homestead Rights Through Deed.
- Trustee’s Power to Invade Principal in Trust, updated to include coverage of:
- Distribution When Authorized Trustee Has, and Does Not Have, Absolute Power to Invade
- Distribution From First Trust to Supplemental Needs Trust
- Prohibited Distributions
- Notice; Restrictions on Exercise of Power
- New! Justifiable Use of Force, including detailed coverage of the law governing:
- Use or Threatened Use of Force in Defense of Person and Property
- Presumption of Fear of Death or Great Bodily Harm; Home Protection
- Immunity from Both Criminal Prosecution and Civil Action
- Burdens of Proof
ABBREVIATED TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 REAL ESTATE
CHAPTER 2 BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
CHAPTER 3 CIVIL LITIGATION
CHAPTER 4 FAMILY LAW
CHAPTER 5 ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 6 GUARDIANSHIP
CHAPTER 7 CRIMINAL LAW
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathleen J. Hill, PLS, CLA, retired as a paralegal as the assistant for the General Counsel, State of Florida Department of Management Services. Previously she was a paralegal for the Chief of Litigation for the Department of Transportation. Prior to her employment with the State of Florida, she was the President of Paralegal & Attorney Service Bureau, Inc. and owned and managed Capitol Services in Tallahassee, Florida. Both companies specialized in providing a full complement of attorney services for attorneys nationwide. Kathleen specializes in litigation, family law, and labor law.
Kathi received a B.S. degree in mass communications from Florida State University in 1970. She was certified as a PLS (Professional Legal Secretary) in November 1976 and a CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) in January 1977. She was a member of the Advisory Board for the Legal Assisting Program at Tallahassee Community College. She is past-president of Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. and has served as an officer, board member, and committee chair for both FLA, Inc. and the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. She is a past president of Tallahassee Legal Secretaries Association (TLSA) and a past member of the Advisory Board for Professional Legal Assistants, Inc. (PLA).
Her writing credits include Florida Legal Secretary Filing Directory (Shepards/McGraw-Hill) and articles for Legal Assistant Today (“Ethics and the Free-Lance Legal Assistant”), Facts and Findings (NALA), In Brief (FLA, Inc.), and Res Ipsa Loquitor (TLSA). She also wrote Working with the Legislative Process (Capitol Services), edited and assisted in writing portions of the CLA Study Guide (D&S Publishing & Florida Legal Assistants, Inc.), and assisted in editing the “Law Office Management” chapter of the Manual for Legal Assistants (West Publishing).