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FLA Bar article - Parental Leave Continuance Rule approved

The Florida Supreme Court has adopted a presumptive three-month parental leave rule for many court cases that would require judges to grant a lead attorney’s request for leave for the birth or adoption of a child, if certain conditions are met. New Rule of Judicial Administration 2.570 will not apply to criminal, juvenile, and dependency cases, which will be subject to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.545(e) (Continuances) or Florida Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.240(d). The new rule is effective January 1, 2020. The court acted December 19. “As adopted, subdivision (a) of new rule 2.570 requires that absent a finding of one or more of the reasons listed in the rule, a court must grant a tim

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FLA Bar News story

From: January 1 marked the beginning of a new digital era in Florida, with the implementation of a law authorizing electronic wills and remote notarization of legal documents. The House voted 87-28 to approve HB 409 by Rep. Daniel Perez, R-Miami, in April. The Senate signed off unanimously in May. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill June 7. For the first time, Floridians can execute wills online, and notaries can affix their seals and signatures to legal documents signed out of their presence, if they witness the signature via live, two-way video links. Third-party witnesses needed for wi

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