Bar sections adopt legislative positions

first_img January 15, 2004 Regular News Bar sections adopt legislative positions Bar sections adopt legislative positions The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section has added nine legislative positions to its lobbying agenda, while the Family Law and Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections have added one each.The positions were reviewed and authorized by the Bar Board of Governors at its December meeting.Under Bar rules, sections are given wide latitude on lobbying issues, but the board reviews the positions to ensure they meet broad guidelines and don’t conflict with Bar-wide legislative activities.RPPTL positions authorized include:• Amending F.S. §733.212 to include deadlines for filing a claim to exempt property and for filing an election for an elective share.• Repealing F.S. §734.1025 because the dollar amount for summary administrations has been increased in F.S. §§735.201-2068, making the first law duplicative. The section also said the second set of laws has better procedures for notifying creditors.• Amending several statutes and creating a new one to allow a court-appointed guardian to contest a ward’s revocable trust or trust amendment if the court has found that appears to be in the ward’s best interest. The section said that would protect incapacitated persons from loss or harm from an ongoing trust which is invalid due to fraud, duress, mistakes, or other problems.• Amending F.S. §201.02 to clarify when the documentary stamp tax applies in real estate transactions.• Clarifying F.S. §689.07 that when a deed is given to a trustee who is also part of a trust that the deed does not convey the title to the trustee personally. The change is needed to correct a recent contrary interpretation by a bankruptcy court.• Fixing glitches in F.S. §558, which sets out an alternative dispute resolution method of fixing construction defects. The section said the law, while well-intentioned, is difficult to comply with and has vague provisions.• Supporting legislation that gives condominium associations more governing flexibility, including on leasing restrictions, but also ensures that buyers are informed of restrictions and other covenants.• Transferring F.S. §§689.02 and 689.265 to F.S. Ch. 720 to eliminate confusion on whether those sections apply to properties other than residential parcels in communities as defined in Ch. 720.• Opposing proposed F.S. §518.117, which would alter the fundamental duties of loyalty and full and fair disclosure of trustees solely for the pecuniary benefit of corporate fiduciaries.The Family Law Section was authorized to seek amendments to F.S. Chs. 61 and 742 to clarify that judges can retroactively modify temporary support orders, even without a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.The board also ratified a resolution from the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section supporting full funding of arts and arts education programs in Florida.last_img read more

Friendlies key for O’Neill

first_img His time with the players is limited enough as it is and with the possibility of just three more get togethers before the next batch of competitive fixtures, the trip to Adana takes on plenty of importance. “Games like this are essential,” he said. “The next date is in March and after that there is possibly an opportunity at the end of May with teams preparing for Brazil, we’ll look at options there, so these games are invaluable. “Three friendly games amounts to about nine days with the players, I think that puts into perspective the challenge we face. “I understand some of the clubs have difficulties with them but for us to be able to build and develop a team we have to be able to have all of these fixtures. “It can be difficult at times because you don’t always get the ideal scenario or the ideal fixture but I’d rather come and play the likes of Turkey – a difficult game with an edge to it – than a less meaningful friendly.” Despite the value placed on the clash by O’Neill, Northern Ireland will not be able to call on a full-strength side for the match, with absentees reaching double figures. Chris Brunt, Craig Cathcart, Jamie Ward and Shane Ferguson are among the injured, while Gareth McAuley (personal reasons) and Kyle Lafferty, who is due to become a father for the second time, are also unavailable. The eyes of the football world may be on the likes of Portugal and France this week but Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill insists clubs must recognise the importance of friendlies too. Press Association That leaves O’Neill carrying a skeletal 17-man squad, just about acceptable for a friendly but hardly a precedent he would want to repeat. “That’s what we have to choose from. The reality is the next couple of players to be called into the squad would be from League Two,” O’Neill admitted. “Before you look at that level of football, without being disrespectful, you’re essentially looking at a possible squad of about 27 players. “That’s where we are, we have 11 players unavailable to us for one reason or another. “Going forward into the campaign we cannot have that level of unavailability if we’re to have a fighting chance in whatever group we’re in.” One player who has arrived to boost O’Neill’s numbers scene is 27-year-old Jonny Steele. The New York Red Bulls midfielder is set to win his first cap on Friday having scrapped his way to the top in the most unlikely way imaginable. Steele, who played indoor football in the United States to make ends meet before his Major League Soccer breakthrough, will get the chance to stake his claim for further recognition after impressing O’Neill with his determination. “Jonny is a late developer and the path he’s taken to where he is now is not the traditional path,” said the former Shamrock Rovers boss. “He’s played indoor soccer in the States, gone on a season-to-season basis having to make his living, so it’s nice for him to get his opportunity to be part of an international squad on the back of what has been a very good season. “He’s playing in a league which is highly regarded now and for one of the biggest clubs in that league. “He plays with some big name players (including Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill) albeit probably not in their prime. “This last year there has been a real maturity in his game, and in himself, and it’s good to get a chance to work with him first hand.” While some of European football’s top talent – including Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – take part in the World Cup play-offs O’Neill’s men will be contesting a lower-key date in Turkey. With neither side having qualified for a place in Brazil and the Euro 2016 campaign not kicking off until next September it is the kind of fixture that may be greeted with groans by club managers, but O’Neill sees it as a crucial part of his planning. last_img read more