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Mediation: What is it?

In Florida, all civil cases are required to go to mediation prior to trial.  But what exactly is mediation? Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (sometimes called “ADR”) that is essentially a formal settlement negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party known as a mediator.  Mediation is neither a trial nor an arbitration.  […]

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The Blame Game: Fault and Legal Liability in Florida

Apportioning fault is one of the most crucial yet challenging factors in the aftermath of a car accident.  Oftentimes, one driver is clearly to blame for a careless maneuver – running a red light, for instance.  Other times, however, fault isn’t so clear and may even be contrary to what the parties’ initial determinations are. […]

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Falling Trees – Who Pays?

  Trees – they add beauty to landscaping, shelter to wildlife, oxygen to air, and shade from the harsh heat of Florida’s summers.  Yet, how often do you think about the trees in your yard?  As attorneys, we get the “falling tree question” a lot, especially around hurricane season: “Am I liable if my tree […]

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Baggett Law Partners Named 2018 Super Lawyers®

Baggett Law is pleased to announce that Amanda and Matt Baggett have been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in the state for 2018.  This is the tenth consecutive year the pair have been recognized by the publication for exhibiting excellence in their profession. Super Lawyers, a list issued by Thomson Reuters, is a rating […]

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Hot Coffee

All too often I end up having a conversation with someone that claims personal injury claimants and their attorneys are what’s wrong with our country.  I typically listen while they vent, and without fail we end up talking about the infamous “McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case.” Most everyone has heard about that case, but not many […]

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Online Petitions – Do They Work? Florida Mother Fights For Change In Wrongful Death Law

By now, you’ve probably seen several online petitions going around asking for your support on a number of different issues.  Do they work?  Sometimes.  According to Change.org, the most successful petitions have the following things in common: The goal is compelling and achievable. The petition is delivered directly to the decision maker. Social media tools […]

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Amanda Baggett Appointed Vice Chair of The Florida Bar’s Construction Law Certification Committee

Amanda Baggett, a partner with Baggett Law, has been appointed as Vice Chair of The Florida Bar’s Construction Law Certification Committee effective July 1, 2016.  Ms. Baggett has served on the Committee since her original appointment in 2014. Ms. Baggett specializes in construction law matters and has represented a variety of clients, including owners, general […]

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