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                      Zweben Law Talk

Why Lawyers Work On                                       recovered for the client as the fee for his or her services.          cases, for which the basic rules for fee limits were set by
Contingency                                               	 (This method of compensation is also used by CPAs                   an amendment to the Florida Constitution. And contingent
                                                          in some instances – and by Realtors, but they call it a               fees are prohibited for most divorces and all criminal
By Gene R. Zweben, Esq.                                   commission.)                                                          cases.
	 Contingent fees provide                                 	 The essence of a contingent fee is that it is payable only          	 Most personal injury attorneys who represent plaintiffs
access to the justice system                              if the case concludes with a favorable result for the client          work on contingency.
for millions of Americans                                 – and in most states, the rules of the bar association and            	 To learn more about contingent fees, and how they and
who would not be able to                                  state courts also establish a scale for how much those fees           other costs are determined, visit the Florida Bar website,
afford to hire an attorney                                can be in order to protect the public from unreasonable     , and click on “Public,” and
otherwise.                                                or excessive fees.                                                    then “Consumer Information.”
	 Known as “conditional                                   	 In Florida, the maximum on that scale is 40 percent,                	 Everything you could ever want to know about attorney
fees” in England, where                                   but it varies depending on what stage of the case you are             fees is found in Pamphlet #3.
they originated, and a dozen                              in when the decision or settlement is reached, whether                	 Located in historic downtown Stuart (FL), Zweben Law
other countries around the                                you file a lawsuit or settle before suit is filed, and how            Group offers legal services in the areas of personal injury,
world, these arrangements                                 much is recovered.                                                    wrongful death, and family law. For more information
are actually contracts, in which the attorney and client  	 Those conditions apply only to personal injury cases                about Zweben Law Group, visit www.zwebenlawgroup.
agree that the lawyer will accept a portion of the money  such as an auto accident, a dog bite or a slip-and-fall.              com or call (772) 223-5454.

                                                          EpicuriosityThe rules are somewhat different for medical malpractice

Happy Father’s Day                                        for 50 years and                                                      think to myself,
                                                          I still haven’t                                                       is the sun up,
By Glenn Sudnick,                                         the slightest                                                         yet? When
Sommelier,                                                idea of how to                                                        we played,;                                  play.” After the                                                      every shot was
(772) 332-4416                                            presentation of                                                       analyzed and
	 Did you know that                                       the card, the                                                         critiqued with
Lyndon B. Johnson issued                                  ultimate Father’s                                                     compliments
the first presidential                                    Day gift: three                                                       along the way
proclamation honoring                                     golf balls, all                                                       for making that
the third Sunday in June                                  new ones!                                                             20-foot putt that took a hard break to the right. For me it
as Father’s Day in 1966?                                  	 Then Mom’s                                                          was a time where my dad and I could “right the world’s
Later, President Richard                                  breakfast: two                                                        wrongs” and while playing the same hole, discuss why I
Nixon signed this into law                                eggs any way                                                          got a “C” in math.
in 1972. For me, every year spending this day with my     she wants to                                                          	 After, a great round of golf we would settle in front of
dad has been very special.                                make them, a                                                          the TV and watch The U.S. Open and Mom would make
	 Golf, golf, golf is the rallying cry for the day. I     slab of bacon,                                                        Dad’s favorite sandwich; ham and cheese with lettuce,
always picked out a Father’s Day card that had a funny    well-done rye                                                         tomato with plenty of Hellmann’s mayonnaise. There
golfing theme like                                        toast and Dad’s                                                       would be a barrel dill pickle on the side and never forget a
Bob Hope’s classic                                        favorite, Mom’s                                                       tin full of Charlies Chips. Dad grew up with his mother’s
line, “If you watch                                       home fries. Mom                                                       (my nana) homemade apple pie. So it was always fitting
a game, it’s fun, if                                      could never quite                                                     that we finished with my mom’s pie, topped with plenty
you play at it, it’s                                      cut the potatoes                                                      of whipped cream. I hope you’re getting this story. Mom
recreation, if you                                        evenly, so when she served them the textures of each slice            was very busy on our special day.
work at it, it’s golf.”                                   was a little different, from well-done to well, shall I say           	 This month is not about food and wine pairings, my
Or what about Gary                                        not quite done. It always amazed me how she could be                  wine choices, or my travels. This month is about one very
Player’s famous                                           so detailed about those gnocchis, but the home fries not              special person in my life. Thanks Dad for being the best
saying, “Golf is                                          so much. Oh, those were the days!                                     father a son could ever have. I miss you very much.
a puzzle without                                          	 Dad and I played a lot of public golf courses. It seems             	 This article is for all the great fathers who set the bar
an answer. I’ve                                           like yesterday he would tell me the day before, “Now                  for their sons and daughters, period!
played the game                                           remember we have a 6:52 a.m. starting time.” I would
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