Monday, September 17, 2018

Appealing to a Higher Power.

Fortunately, in Florida and throughout the country when you are pronounced guilty of a crime you have the right to appeal the decision.  Please understand that an appeal is not considered to be a brand new trial, but rather an opportunity to have a higher court consider the original decision to be sure that it was fair and accurate.

If you think that appellate judges receive new evidence, you would be wrong!  They only consider the decision of the trial court.  Here is the challenge of the appellate process.  You need someone to effectively frame appealable issues which necessitates decades of experience and substantial knowledge of complex legal issues.

An effective appeal begins with an experienced appellate lawyer.  In Nat Kidder and Bill Bennett, you will find a combined half-century plus of that very experience.  They have dealt with Florida appellate courts and know how to navigate them.  Please make an appointment at their St. Petersburg office by calling (727) 821-8000.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Domestic Partnership in Florida.

Our state has many couples that are part of domestic partnerships.  Same-sex marriage is legal in the majority of states due in large part to a string of federal court decisions that, beginning in late 2013, have declared state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Florida used to have a law that limited the terms “marriage” and “spouse” to unions between one man and one woman. On Aug. 21, 2014, a federal district court ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was not in keeping with the constitution.  Same-sex marriages have been permitted in Florida since the beginning of 2015.

How may this effect you and a loved one in you live in Pinellas County?  Subjects such as parental rights, public benefits, health insurance, family court assistance, and property rights come into play.  This is where we come in.  Nat Kidder and Bill Bennett are attorneys that have a combined 50+ years of experience dealing with Florida family law issues.  Please give us a call with any domestic partnership questions at (727) 821-8000.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Labor Day St Petersburg & Clearwater 2018

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"Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer and typically celebrated with picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, parties, parades and other events."

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Please Divert your Attention for a Moment.

No, don’t divert it from these next three paragraphs.  We want to tell you something that you may need to know.  Are you, or someone you love a first-time offender?  Please take note…there could be a program that keeps you free from incarceration as well as providing counseling to help you or that loved one overcome obstacles and move forward with your hopes and dreams to lead a productive life.

Upon successfully completing the program, the court will then dismiss the charges, so there is no record of a conviction!  Here are some of the areas that are covered.  A second degree felony, many violent crimes, driving with an invalid license, eluding arrest, participating in organized crime, and even the dreaded DUI charge.

Nat Kidder and Bill Bennett know all about Florida’s Diversion Programs (that is what they are called).  They will help you navigate successfully through the system with their combined 50+ years of practicing Florida criminal law.  Call their St. Petersburg office for a consultation as soon as you can at (727) 821-8000.

2018-2019 Pinellas County Schools Calendar

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School is back in session and there are some dates that need to be marked on your calendar!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Protect Your ‘Stuff.

You always want to do that (especially in the computer age).  During a divorce it is imperative to get an equitable distribution of property and protect what is rightfully yours.  There is already an uncertainty about your financial stability in the future.  You may have spent decades accumulating wealth and possessions.

Here are some things that the Florida divorce court will consider –

1.  What contributions did you make to the union?
2.  What care and what level of education did you provide for your children?
3.  Did you make career sacrifices for the good of the marriage?
4.  What are your business interests now?
5.  How long have you been married?

These questions and others will come into play.  That is why you need to hire the Pinellas County family law veterans Nat Kidder and Bill Bennett to represent your best interests in a Florida family court.  They bring a combined half-century + of experience to the table.  Arrange a consultation at their 275 96th Ave. North office in St. Petersburg by calling (727) 821-8000.