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The short answer is…it depends. Article X, Section 4 of the Florida Constitution is one of the highest forms of protection that a person can have regarding their homes and properties here in Florida. Known as “homestead exemption,” this section protects your home and/or property from being sold to satisfy judgments, liens and/or claims against you. In other words, it protects you and your family from “creditor claims”. This is extremely important because losing your home will certainly affe...
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One of the most contentious parts of a divorce is alimony. There are many thoughts that generally boil down to the following questions: (1) Do I have to pay alimony? If so, how much and for how long?; and (2) Will I receive any alimony? If so, how much and for how long? Florida Courts start with two basic questions: does either spouse have the ability to pay alimony, and does either spouse have an actual need for alimony (Florida Statutes 61.08(2)). If established that one party has an actual ne...
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Thompson, Crawford & Smiley is excited to announce that Mallory Bennett is now practicing in Georgia along with Tom Thompson, who has been practicing in Georgia since 1991! While Ms. Bennett’s practice in Georgia will focus on employment law, she will also be able to assist with estate planning, uncontested dissolution of marriage, business contracts, probate, and many other areas of the law.
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What happens though when employers specifically want less-qualified applicants to fill some jobs? It might seem silly, but companies have a wide range of reasons for doing so, including fear that more experienced applicants would be dissatisfied with more remedial work and the lower pay. But policies that call for “less experience” don’t necessarily discriminate against applicants based on age, at least not explicitly, so can job older applicants pursue a claim for age discrimination in s...
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Welcome to our first blog post! I want to introduce you to our law firm. My name is Mallory Bennett and I am an associate attorney. There are three partners – Tom Thompson, Billy Crawford, and Scott Smiley.
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