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  • Let the economic good times roll

    first_img Let the economic good times roll Let the economic good times roll Florida Bar survey finds lawyers’ earnings are up across the board Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Income for the typical Florida lawyer rose by $15,000 over the past two years to an average of $100,000, according to The Florida Bar’s 2004 Economics and Law Office Management Survey.Florida lawyers in private practice also reported spending an average 50 hours each week in the office and billing for 30 of those hours — numbers similar to those reported for the past four years.The median 2003 income of $100,000 for Bar members was up from $85,000 in 2001, $82,000 in 1999, and from $75,000 in 1997.Complete survey results may be obtained from the Bar’s Research, Planning, and Evaluation Department by sending in the coupon at the bottom of this page.The poll is taken every other year to keep lawyers informed on what their colleagues are doing in various areas of law office management. This year’s survey was completed by 459 lawyers from a sample of 2,751. The 17 percent response rate — much lower than past surveys and attributed to the four hurricanes that arrived during the time the survey was distributed — gives a 5 percent margin of error, according to Mike Garcia, director of the Bar’s Research, Planning, and Evaluation Department.The survey found 77 percent of Florida lawyers are in private practice, while 16 percent are government lawyers or judges. The remainder work as corporate counsel, for legal aid offices, or for other employers. Sixty-six percent of respondents report working in a firm or other legal setting with five or fewer lawyers, while 11 percent say they work with 26 or more attorneys. Salaries and Benefits Overall, 2004 income reported in the survey ranged from zero to $1.4 million.Associates fresh out of law school averaged $45,000 in 2004 — up $5,000 from the 2002 survey — while new law grads with some experience made $50,000. The median for lawyers with fewer than three years of experience was $55,000, compared with $70,000 for those in practice three to five years, and $80,000 for those with six to eight years of experience.Associates with more than eight years experience had a median income of $100,000, up $10,000 from two years ago.The survey found a partner or shareholder typically made $135,000, up $10,000 from two years ago. Sole practioners reported a median income of $85,000, up $10,000 from two years ago, and state government lawyers had a median income of $50,000, also up $5,000 from two years ago.Respondents reported 50 percent of their offices’ gross receipts in 2004 went to pay the lawyers in the office, while 20 percent went to support staff salaries, and the remaining 30 percent paid for all the other firm expenses, percentages that all held steady over the past two years.The survey found 65 percent of Florida firms employ legal assistants/paralegals. The typical newly hired legal assistant/paralegal without experience made $26,000 last year. Current legal assistants/paralegals with less than five years experience made $30,500, while those with five to 10 years experience made $40,000, and those on the job for more than 10 years pulled in $45,000.The average salary for newly hired legal secretaries without experience was $25,000, compared with $28,000 for those with less than five years experience, $35,000 for those with five to 10 years of experience, and $39,500 for those current employees with more than 10 years on the job. Billable Hours The poll showed that 63 percent of all respondents maintain billable hours and for those that keep them, 54 percent billed 1,600 hours or fewer in 2003. Ten percent billed between 1,601 and 1,800 hours, 16 percent billed from 1,801 to 2,000 hours, and 19 percent said they billed more than 2,000 hours.The survey found 78 percent of respondents list their hourly rate at $150 or higher and 13 percent said they charge $300 or more an hour.Fifty-one percent of respondents in private practice report they always use written fee contracts, while 20 percent indicated they seldom or never use them. The survey also showed 67 percent of all respondents use a written fee contract to disclose what costs will be charged to clients and the basis/rate for such costs, while 13 percent said they provide a separate written disclosure on billings, and 13 percent said they disclose what costs will be charged to clients orally. At least three-quarters of all private practice respondents included an itemized list of services performed (79 percent) and an itemized list of disbursements (75 percent) in their billing statements to clients. Contingency Fees Just under half (49 percent) of all respondents report that their firms handle contingency fee cases. Of those who accept cases on a contingency fee basis, the majority say those types of cases comprise less than 25 percent of the total number of cases they handle. The study found no significant difference since 2000 in the percentage of cases that are handled on a contingency fee basis.Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those who handle contingency fee cases report their firm receives between 30 and 39 percent of the amount awarded if the case is won.center_img January 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Rule would limit malpractice fees

    first_imgRule would limit malpractice fees May 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Rule would limit malpractice fees Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Florida Medical Association has directed its attorney to file a petition with the Supreme Court to conform the Rules of Professional Conduct to the provisions set forth in Amendment 3, which limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not including costs, and to 10 percent above that.“Some lawyers have suggested that because the amendment is a constitutional provision, the client may waive its requirement and agree to a higher contingent fee than permitted by the amendment,” FMA’s lawyer, Stephen Grimes, wrote in the petition that was also signed by 53 other Florida lawyers that will be filed June 29 with the Supreme Court asking for the rule change. “Such a suggestion would have the lawyer negotiating with the client in order to have the client agree to give up his constitutional right in order that the lawyer may receive a higher fee,” Grimes wrote. “To permit such a practice would not only put the lawyer in an unethical position but fly in the face of the constitutional mandate overwhelmingly approved by the voters of Florida.”Alexander Clem, president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said while the petition comes as no surprise, he is unaware of any other instances where citizens are unable to waive a constitutional right.“It gets down to the fundamental freedom of contract issue,” Clem said. “It is a federal constitutional right to contract as that person sees fit and it has always been a client’s privilege to waive rights that are granted to them under. . . federal and state constitutions.“Our position is that if a client chooses to waive his or her rights under Amendment 3, it is their privilege,” Clem said.The petition would amend Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(b) by the addition of subdivision (iii) as follows:Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of subdivision (B), in medical liability cases, attorney fees shall not exceed the following percentages of all damages received by the claimant, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement, or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants:a. Thirty percent (30%) of the first $250,000.b. Ten percent (10%) of all damages in excess of $250,000.Bar rules allow any 50 members in good standing to petition the court for rules amendments, provided the amendments proposed are filed with the Bar at least 90 days before the petition is filed with the court and are published in the News at least 30 days before the petition in filed. (See Notice, page 2.)Grimes said the Florida Medical Association asked him to use the 50 member rule to petition for the change instead of going through the Board of Governors because the FMA feels the amendment “will be pretty contentious within the Bar association itself. . . and probably this would be the best way to get it up or down with the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

  • Make 2019 the year to start your digital mortgage journey

    first_img continue reading » The pace at which technology is changing is constant and rapid. Today’s borrowers want an intuitive, easy-to- use option for applying for a mortgage loan digitally. Borrowers are used to doing almost everything on their mobile devices, including shopping, buying, and paying for goods and services, and they expect the same convenience for their banking and lending needs.For some credit unions, taking the first step toward offering mortgages digitally can be the hardest. Let’s explore how to get started with your digital mortgage journey. We have developed six steps that should help.Step One: Map Your Borrowers’ JourneyThink about what steps borrowers will complete as they go through the application process and about any roadblocks they may encounter. A few items that should be considered include: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • At your service

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  • DFDS’ Freight Volumes Up in North Sea

    first_imgDespite reduced passenger volumes due to late Easter, Danish-based shipping and logistics company DFDS reported strong performance in the North Sea in the first quarter of 2017, where freight volumes were up by 10% compared to 2016.The growth was highest on the Netherlands-UK and Sweden-Belgium corridors where capacity was increased, the company said.Cargo volumes in the Baltic Sea were 19.2% above 2016 during 1Q 2017 and flat after adjustment for the addition of a new route between Hanko, Finland, and Paldiski, Estonia. Last year, DFDS acquired the route from Estonian company Navirail OÜ.Additionally, freight volumes in the Channel rose by 3.3% while passenger volumes decreased by 14.4% in 1Q.In France and the Mediterranean, freight volumes in 1Q were 2.8% above 2016 while passenger volumes declined by 17.3% primarily driven by the Eastern timing difference.Overall passenger volumes were 10% lower than last year mainly due to Easter falling in 2Q in 2017 vs 1Q in 2016.What is more, the company’s financial results show that DFDS recorded a 4.3 percent increase in its revenue during 1Q 2017 which rose to DKK 3.2 million from DKK 3.1 million posted in the same period last year.The group’s revenue increased by 4.3% in 1Q and stood at DKK 3.2 million (around USD 0.5 million), against 3.1 million posted in the same quarter a year earlier.“We achieved a 1Q-result ahead of last year. Combined with a continued positive outlook for growth in Europe, we are on track in 2017 to further improve on the all-time high results of last year,” Niels Smedegaard, DFDS’ CEO, commented.In its outlook for 2017, the company said it expects the revenue to increase by around 4% excluding bunker surcharges.In addition, investments are expected to amount to around DKK 1.7 billion in 2017. This includes the purchase of two Channel ferries in June 2017 which were delivered in February 2016.last_img read more

  • Arteta bemoans Aubameyang’s red card after Palace draw

    first_imgRead Also:Aubameyang nets, sees red as Arsenal draw at Palace“We reacted very well after conceding the goal.“After Auba’s red card we were the team I expected because everybody was at it.”On the red card, Arteta said: “I haven’t seen it but I think it was a harsh challenge. There is no intention to do it but maybe he mistimed it.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And UniqueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Best Cars Of All Time13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top The Gunners looked set for another three points after taking a one goal lead at the break, but a deflected effort from Jordan Ayew restored parity and Aubameyang saw red either side of the hour mark to leave the Gunners reeling. “We conceded the goal where we switched off completely. That is unacceptable and I’m really upset with that. Arsenal boss Arteta was understandably pleased with the first-half showing, but blasted the poor defending that led to Palace’s equaliser.Speaking to BT Sport immediately following the match, the Spaniard said: “I was really pleased with the first half. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left to rue a defensive lapse that cost the Gunners three points versus Crystal Palace, and weighed in on the straight red card received by star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

  • Bale nears Tottenham return, says agent

    first_imgGareth Bale is “close” to sealing a sensational move back to Tottenham, the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett said on Wednesday, seven years after joining the Spanish giants from Spurs for a world record fee. The Wales international has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and said earlier this month he was open to returning to the Premier League. Bale twice won Premier League Players’ Player of the Year during his first spell at Tottenham, which saw him score 56 goals in 203 appearances and lure Madrid into paying a then world-record £85 million ($132 million, 100 million euros) for his services. When asked about Tottenham’s move for Bale, Barnett told AFP: “It’s close but not done.” He added: “It’s a complicated deal.” Bale has two years left on a contract that pays him around 30 million euros a year at Real Madrid.Advertisement Madrid are pushing for a permanent transfer, while Spurs would prefer a loan move that involves the Spanish champions covering a portion of the 31-year-old’s wages. According to reports in England, Tottenham are set to pay £13 million of Bale’s salary for a year-long loan. Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under Koeman Bale joined Madrid the summer that Jose Mourinho left the Spanish giants, but the Tottenham manager said he had tried to sign him during his spell as Real boss. “I tried to sign him during my time at Real Madrid and the president followed my instinct and knowledge and the season I left, he brought Gareth to the club,” Mourinho said in a press conference on Wednesday. “That’s no secret and Gareth knows that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentRevealed: 6 Hidden Secrets Of The Great Wall Of ChinaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters Loading… last_img read more

  • Health Officials urge residents to test for radon

    first_imgStatewide—Radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the number-one cause among non-smokers. It is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.January is National Radon Action Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging homeowners to test their homes for radon because this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas can build up in homes without residents’ knowledge.“You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “By testing, Hoosiers can determine whether a high radon level is present and take steps to fix the problem and ensure their families are breathing safe and healthy air.” Test kits also can be purchased at most home improvement and hardware stores and through some online retailers.Radon enters homes and other buildings through small cracks and holes in the foundation, where it becomes trapped and accumulates in the air. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs. Long-term exposure can eventually cause lung cancer.Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air. There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocuries per liter). More than two-thirds of Indiana counties have predicted average indoor radon levels of 4 pCi/L, according to the EPA.If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect the occupants of the home.To learn more about radon, visit the ISDH’s radon page at and the EPA’s “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” at To find out what levels of radon have been found in your community, see ISDH’s map here.last_img read more

  • Canyon seeking fourth Grade One

    first_img “Nichols Canyon is in good form since Aintree and I’m very pleased with him,” said Mullins. “Sempre Medici won well at Fairyhouse and is improving all the time, while Outlander was second to Shaneshill at Fairyhouse and deserves to take his chance. McKinley will also run.” Gigginstown also has four runners in this two-and-a-half-mile event as together with Outlander and McKinley, they also field Alpha Des Obeaux and No More Heroes. The Sandra Hughes-trained Phil’s Magic completes the line-up. Press Association The Authorized gelding, third to Windsor Park in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, regained the winning thread and recorded his third Grade One success of the campaign last time in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. Ruby Walsh is again aboard Andrea and Graham Wylie’s five-year-old, while Paul Townend takes over on Sempre Medici who really stepped up last time at Fairyhouse when taking the Grade Two Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle in fine style. center_img Nichols Canyon spearheads a four-strong team from Willie Mullins as the trainer hunts further Punchestown Festival success in the Grade One Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle.last_img read more

  • BCB and Albion Cricket Club hold cordial discussions on future of Berbice Cricket

    first_img– Butcher Fund donates clocks to Police ‘B’ Division.BERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president, Hilbert Foster, last Thursday, led a seven-member delegation to visit the Albion Sports Complex on an invitation from the president and Executives of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC).The Albion Club had requested the meeting despite the pandemic crisis to discuss Berbice cricket development and seek answers to several concerns of theirs. The President, as part of his meet-the- clubs programme, readily agreed to the meeting within seventy-two hours.Since his election to the Presidency, the BCB leader has visited the majority of clubs in the county to listen to their concerns and recommendations.The BCB president was accompanied by Secretary, Angela Haniff; Treasurer– Dr. Cecil Beharry; Assistant Secretary, Ameer Rahaman; Assistant Treasurer, Rovin Bahadur; Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu, and Executive Member– Mr. Edwards. The Albion Club president, Mr. Vemen Walter, thanked the BCB for agreeing to the meeting and congratulated the executives on the great job they are doing on and off the cricket field.Among the topics   discussed were the  immediate plans for Berbice Cricket, developmental programmes, relationship with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), the ongoing BCB/RHTYSC programmes, functioning of BCB sub committees and representation of players at that national level.Walter expressed some concern at the BCB involvement in several legal matters and stated that Berbice needs proper representations on the GCB as decisions were taken about Guyana Cricket without any input from the county.Foster explained that the legal actions were about restoring democracy to Guyana’s Cricket and making sure that cricket development is for all Guyanese and not a selected few.He committed to having an Albion executive in the BCB official delegation whenever it meets with Sports Minister, Charles Ramson Jnr.Foster committed himself to work along with the Government of Guyana to develop the game and to work hard to return regional and international cricket to the Albion Ground, where the first ODI in the Caribbean was played in 1977 against Pakistan.He admitted that it was unlikely that any cricket would be played for the rest of the year, but stated that efforts would be made to conduct developmental programmes off the cricket field.The BCB delegation also provided answers to the ACCC on the Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Covid-19 response project, sponsorship after the COVID-19 pandemic and the work of the board’s four sub committees. Foster disclosed that the BCB was trying to establish a working relationship with some regional cricket boards in its ongoing development effort and arrangements are being put in place for coaching of youths using the internet.He also disclosed that numerous changes would have to be made in Berbice Cricket, including the reduction of cash prizes for finals and the attendance of spectators at matches.Both delegations agreed to meet in the future and Walters pledged Albion support towards the development of the game. The BCB delegation also handed over a donation of stationery, clocks, cleaning detergent and a warm-up football to the ACCCC.Meanwhile, the joint BCB/RHTYSC Basil Butcher Trust Fund, last Wednesday, handed over twenty clocks to the Management of the Guyana Police Force ‘B’ Division.Public Relations Officer of the BCB and RHTYSC, Vice President Mark Papannah handed over the donation to ‘B’ Division Traffic Chief, Mr. Williams. Under the Fund, a total of $250,000.00 worth of clocks would be shared out to public institutions across Berbice including schools, churches, fire stations and post offices.last_img read more