17 Practice Areas / Over 370 Forms
If you handle a variety of practice areas, you will find Florida Small Firm Practice Tools to be an indispensible resource. Florida Small Firm Practice Tools devotes a chapter to each of the 17 practice areas commonly handled by small firms:
- Civil litigation
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Consumer protection
- Business litigation
- Credit and collections
- Landlord-tenant relations
- Real estate acquisitions and sales
- Employer-employee relations
- Organizing and running a small business
- Buying and selling a small business
- Estate planning
- Adoption and surrogacy
- DWI defense
- Misdemeanor defense
Each chapter consists of a concise discussion of the law and legal procedures followed by a collection of custom-drafted, practice tested, Florida-specific forms. Throughout the text you’ll find hundreds of voice-of-experience tips as well as citations to Florida and federal statutes and more than one thousand cases.
Florida Small Firm Practice Tools is an indispensible reference for attorneys who practice in multiple areas. This edition adds dozens of new sections covering recent cases and legislation including:
Civil Litigation (Chapter 1)
- Disqualification of judges. §1:72.
- Substitute service of process. §1:86.
- Service on the state, political subdivisions, and public agencies. §1:01.
- Steps for obtaining a default judgment. §1:122.
- Demand exceeding the County Court’s jurisdiction. §1:136.
- Motions for reconsideration and to compel arbitration. §§1:175, 1:176.
- Expert testimony in Florida state courts governed by Frye test. §1:258
DUTPA and Consumer Protection Laws (Chapter 3)
- DUTPA claims against state barred by sovereign immunity. §3:08.
- DUTPA claims can be subject to mandatory arbitration. §3:35.
Credit and Collections (Chapter 5)
- Prevailing party has a right to fees if the contract provides other party with right to fee recovery. §5:09.
- Enforcement of foreign and out-of-the country judgments. §§5:61, 5:62.
Employer-Employee Relations (Chapter 8)
- Tortious interference with an at will employment relationship. §8:21.
Marriage Dissolution (Chapter 11)
- Restrictions on marriage under the age of majority. §11:06
- Federal income tax treatment of alimony. §11:92.
- Uniform Deployed Parents Act establishes procedures for modifying custody and visitation while the deployed parent is away. §11:147.
Adoption and Gestational Surrogacy (Chapter 15)
- Service on parent of petition for termination of parental rights.
DUI Defense (Chapter 16)
- Crime victims’ constitutional right expanded. §16:06.
- Double jeopardy clause and DUI offenses. §16:122.
- Restoration of voting rights of felons. §16:137.
Misdemeanor Defense (Chapter 17)
- Post conviction relief, extraordinary writs, and appeals. §§17:270-17:282
- Client intake and interview questionnaires.
- Letters to clients, experts, opposing parties, insurers, and others.
- Pleadings, motions, and additional litigation documents.
- Interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admission.
- Complex transactional documents such as purchase and sale agreements, leases, deeds, corporate formation documents, partnership and operating agreements.
- Wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents.
- And more.
All 370+ forms are printed in the book and provided in digital format delivered with an emailed zip file.
ABBREVIATED TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Civil Litigation
Chapter 2 Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Chapter 3 The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Other Florida Consumer Protection Laws
Chapter 4 Business Litigation
Chapter 5 Credit and Collections
Chapter 6 Landlord-Tenant Relations
Chapter 7 Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales
Chapter 8 Employer-Employee Relations
Chapter 9 Organizing and Operating a Small Business
Chapter 10 Buying and Selling a Small Business
Chapter 11 Marriage Dissolution
Chapter 12 Estate Planning
Chapter 13 Probate
Chapter 14 Incapacity and Guardianship
Chapter 15 Adoptions and Gestational Surrogacy
Chapter 16 DUI Defense
Chapter 17 Misdemeanor Defense
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steven F. Samilow has three decades of experience representing clients in complex and varied legal matters. His practice areas include business counseling, business and real estate transactions, state and federal commercial and civil litigation, creditor rights, bankruptcy, foreclosure and foreclosure defense, family law, and labor and employment law and appeals. Before forming his own law practice in South Florida, Mr. Samilow worked in the Miami office of Jenner & Block and with several other large and boutique firms.
Mr. Samilow has first-chaired trials in the state and federal courts. He has handled securities arbitration and other civil arbitration and mediation proceedings. He has authored briefs and argued cases in the state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Samilow’s appellate experience includes both final and interlocutory appeals, and petitions for the extraordinary writs of certiorari, mandamus, and prohibition.
Mr. Samilow is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is rated AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell®.
Mr. Samilow received his B. S. Degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University where he graduated in the top 12 percent of his class. He received his Juris Doctor Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated in the top 2 percent of his class. He served as an associate note editor of the University of Miami Law Review.