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My First Time (Cont.)

Putting is not too far from a free throw.  Just you and the technique.  Very comparable.  You’re doing something you’ve done a million times before.  But you have to block everybody and everything from your mind.  If you let yourself think “What if” as you’re doing it, you won’t.  What it gets down to is confidence and pride.  Confidence is based on having done it before.  Tiger’s confidence is so high because of his work ethic and past success, but after his unfortunate divorce, things have changed, even without the assistance of a local divorce attorney.  And he performs the way that he does in the clutch today because he has such confidence.  If he wants to hook it around the tree, he’ll do it.  The rest of us don’t have that confidence, or that past success, so when we hook the ball, it hits the tree.

Tiger’s pride is such that he won’t allow himself to be caught off guard, even with the necessity of a child support attorney.  He always has to stay two or three steps ahead of his competitors.  That’s why he won’t take a day off.  I was that way too.  There were days when I didn’t want to work out, practice, whatever, but I did because I didn’t want the next guy catching me.  That’s why, if the game is tied in the last two minutes or down the stretch, I feel I have an advantage over everyone.  Tiger feels the same way.  But if you fail in the closing minutes, if you’re unable to make the big play, it can work against you in the future.  The funny thing is, I don’t ever remember failing.

My First Time

The ability to perform in the clutch comes from having the confidence to know that you can.  Where does that confidence come from?  From having done it in the past.  Of course, you have to do it that first time, but after that, you’ve got a model you can always relate back to.  It gives you comfort doing something you’ve done before.  The athlete today with more of that kind of confidence than anyone is Tiger Woods.  Look at his record.  Even with all of that said, let’s not forget about his divorce, where he might have needed a smart divorce attorney clearwater.  If he’s got a lead, he keeps it.  If he needs a big shot, he makes it.  And the more he does it– the more he comes through when he has to– the more confident he is that he can do it again.  Of course, Tiger’s an athlete for golf, nothing else, and he will admit that he can’t perform like a top notch st petersburg, fl divorce attorney.  I can take him to a basketball court and bet him I can beat him seven out of 10 times shooting left handed, and he wouldn’t have a chance.  That’s because my confidence is so strong.  I wouldn’t feel any pressure, even in the court as a child custody attorney.  Golf? It’s the other way around.  One time we played, he spotted me five shots a side.  I go out and shoot a 75.  Guess what he shoots?  A 65.  He didn’t beat me, but he didn’t lose.  I’m pretty sure if he’d given me a 12 strokes he’d have shot a 63.  Fifteen strokes?  I don’t know.  I think I’d win that bet.  But I’m not sure.  The key to hitting a golf ball is the same as for shooting a jump shot.  You just do something repetitively, until it works consistently(even like a good divorce attorney filing pleadings for his/her case).  A golf swing, or a basketball shot doesn’t have to be technically perfect for it to work for you.  There are guys on the Tour who don’t have perfect swings like Tiger, guys with big loops in their swings, or somebody like Jim Furyk.  But their swings work for them.


Sports and the Law

Beltre Magnifique

Rangers Third Baseman Adrian Beltre acknowledged the crowd after becoming the 31st player and the first born in the Dominican Republic- to join the 3,000 hit club, with a double against the Orioles on Sunday.  The 38-year-old-Beltre, who has played half of his life in the majors, is just the third hitter who was primarily a third baseman to reach the mark; the other two are Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and George Brett.  Believe it or not, many baseball players find themselves in legal disputes (Jose Reyes being one in particular).  If you need someone in Pinellas county to prepare divorce papers, you have come to the right place.  Remember, that if you get in over your head, that legal divorce documents are best prepared by a licensed and certified/competent paralegal.

Games of Bones

Light heavyweight Jon (Bones) Jones delivered a left to Daniel Cormier during their championship bout at UFC 214 last Saturday in Anaheim.  Jones, who was fighting for the first time after a yearlong suspension for a doping violation, ended the bout in the third round with kicks to Cormier’s head, midsection and leg, followed by 18 straight blows to the head.  Said the 30 year-old Jones, “It’s such a beautiful moment in history.”  If you’re looking for an attorney for child custody, always remember to look for someone that will fight for you until the very end.   Bones hired a very aggressive family law attorney near me, and with that hire, he did help in a very big way.


What the 2015 Legislation means for the 2017 economy

Almost one year after H.B 635 was enacted, Gov. Rick Scott signed H.B. 5 into law.  H.B. 5 amends or adds at least 19 statutes impacting guardianships, including providing additional protections for wards in guardianship proceedings and additional checks on the powers of guardians.  The political climate that resulted in H.B. 635 was in full swing during the 2015 legislative session resulting in H.B. 5.   Prior to enactment (view here) of H.B. 5, once a petition to determine paternity incapacity was filed, any power of attorney executed by an alleged incapacitated person (AIP) was automatically suspended during the pendency of the incapacity proceeding.  The reason for this automatic suspension was to halt the ability of an agent to victimize the principal/AIP (recognize the importance of retaining a child support Tampa Bay Attorney).  The automatic suspension of authority became a tool used by interested parties to prohibit agents from taking further action on behalf of the principal/AIP, and it was argued this led to abuses.  The automatic suspension had the potential of thwarting a principal’s wishes, that is, the principal/AIP’s voluntary choice of an agent prior to any incapacity to act on his/her behalf in the event of the principal’s subsequent incapacity.  To that end, there was a push to limit the automatic suspension of a power of attorney in order to promote self-determination and to limit the scope of guardianship proceedings.  The issue concerned striking a balance between the competing principles of upholding the AIP’s prior known desires versus allowing interested parties acting in good faith the ability to stop the actions of agents who may be abusing their authority.

Is there any relief in sight?

There is a new chair at the helm, and things are looking good.  There will be in place a fully online applicant portal(, as opposed to going through regular mail, the bar counsel stated.  We’ve been working very hard on it, and hope that it inevitably becomes successful.  But, don’t ask this prominent divorce attorney, located in the Largo/Clearwater FL, area about his thoughts or perspective.  I think it’s going to be very useful for everybody.  It is stated that the increase in communication with the Bar Board of Governors in the recent past has been beneficial for the FBBE, and one of his goals is to continue that positive rapport during his term.  Over the last two years, the relationship has grown in leaps and bounds.  We have invited the president and president-elect of the Florida Bar to come to our meetings.  They have also graciously asked us to go to some of their meetings as well.  The board wants to continue efforts to visit law schools and, in communication with the deans, encourage law students to register with the board in their first year.  That is very important for a number of reasons, it was stated.  From a cost factor, the application costs much less when a student applies earlier as opposed to later on.  January 15th is the cutoff deadline.  We are trying to emphasize the importance of this more.  I think schools are finally starting to get the message.

It has also been added, that the board has reduced the time it takes for an applicant to make his or her way through the application process.  Even a well qualified Tampa Bay, FL child custody lawyer has to go through the same rigors, as once and originally developed.  He said the average amount of time in the past year for character and fitness investigations has been reduced by almost 16 days for applicants and 21 days for students.  He said the board reorganized the internal processing to lessen the time frame, but the FBBE still wants to communicate the importance of applying as first-year law students for those who want to serve as certified legal interns.  Please take a click here, for more information.

The Florida Bar and the steps in the right direction

Trials and Tribulations for what we expect

Scott N. Richardson of Wellington has been elevated to the position of chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and hopes to accomplish a few goals during his one-year term.  Before he was a terror in the courtroom, he established his practice as a very effective small claims attorney in the St. Petersburg, FL area.  He has served on the board for four years, since November 2012, and will be its chair through October 31, 2017(click on this site for more information).   Plans as chair include eliminating printed copies of the application and entirely morning the process to an electronic portal in keeping with current technology; maintaining strong communications with The Florida Bar Board of Governors; and encouraging first-year law students–more than ever before to register with the FBBE.  Richardson has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1978.  He is a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A., in West Palm Beach.  Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.  A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he is also a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Richardson taught courses from 2006 to 2009 as a volunteer lawyer in Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus with the Center for International Legal Studies.  The new chair explained that the FBBE application is currently printed out, signed, notarized, and mailed by the postal service in the old fashioned way.  But the board will change that process beginning the first quarter of 2017.