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Zweben Law Talk                                                                                                             Treasure Coast

Why Lawyers Work On                                           	 In Florida, the maximum on that scale is 40 percent,        Outdoors
Contingency                                                   but it varies depending on what stage of the case you are
                                                              in when the decision or settlement is reached, whether        By Jim Weix
By Gene R. Zweben, Esq.                                       you file a lawsuit or settle before suit is filed, and how
	 Contingent fees provide                                     much is recovered.                                            	 Grouper season
access to the justice system                                  	 Those conditions apply only to personal injury cases
for millions of Americans                                     such as an auto accident, a dog bite or a slip-and-fall.      opened May 1, so
who would not be able to                                      The rules are somewhat different for medical malpractice
afford to hire an attorney                                    cases, for which the basic rules for fee limits were set by   anglers are adding
otherwise.                                                    an amendment to the Florida Constitution. And contingent
	 Known as “conditional                                       fees are prohibited for most divorces and all criminal        them to the fish box.
fees” in England, where                                       cases.
they originated, and a dozen                                  	 Most personal injury attorneys who represent plaintiffs     Everyone has their
other countries around the                                    work on contingency.
world, these arrangements                                     	 To learn more about contingent fees, and how they and       favorite method of
are actually contracts, in which the attorney and client      other costs are determined, visit the Florida Bar website,
agree that the lawyer will accept a portion of the money, and click on “Public,” and       grouper fishing. I like
recovered for the client as the fee for his or her services.  then “Consumer Information.”
	 (This method of compensation is also used by CPAs           	 Everything you could ever want to know about attorney       to anchor over good
in some instances – and by Realtors, but they call it a       fees is found in Pamphlet #3.
commission.)                                                  	 Located in historic downtown Stuart (FL), Zweben Law        structure, and drop a
	 The essence of a contingent fee is that it is payable only  Group offers legal services in the areas of personal injury,
if the case concludes with a favorable result for the client  wrongful death, and family law. For more information          slip sinker rig down
– and in most states, the rules of the bar association and    about Zweben Law Group, visit www.zwebenlawgroup.
state courts also establish a scale for how much those fees   com or call (772) 223-5454.                                   with live bait. If I
can be in order to protect the public from unreasonable
or excessive fees.                                                                                                          don’t have live bait, cut bait and squid will work,

                                                                                                                            but you will often end up with a bare hook because

                                                                                                                            of all the little fish.

                                                                                                                            	 Fortunately these nuisance fish, when caught, also

                                                                                                                            make great bait. A fillet of blue runner, with the skin

                                                                                                                            on, stays on the hook and grouper love them.

                                                                                                                            	 Another advantage of anchoring, is that it is easy

                                                                                                                            to put out a few flat lines with live bait. Dolphin and

                                                                                                                            kingfish are always looking for an easy meal.

                                                                                                                            	 Although almost any structure can hold grouper,

                                                                                                                            I like fishing in the 150 to 200 depth range. It seems

                                                                                                                            that the structure in the 60 to 80 foot depth range is

                                                                                                                            just too heavily fished.

                                                                                                                            	 To find fishing spots, other than the ones everyone

                                                                                                                            seems to fish at, it pays to look for unique spots. Go


                                                                                                                            artificial-reef-locations. You will discover that

                                                                                                                            there are many great artificial reefs waiting to be


                                                                                                                            	 Many of us were also hoping for some type of

                                                                                                                            reasonable harvest of goliath grouper, but it is not

                                                                                                                            going to happen this year. That was the word handed

                                                                                                                            down by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

                                                                                                                            Commission at its April meeting in Fort Lauderdale.

                                                                                                                            The seven-member

                                                                                                                            commission decided

 Providing the highest quality Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma and Immunology care.                                     to not open a season

 Through a comprehensive approach our team will utilize the latest advancements in allergy and asthma                       for goliath grouper at

 care to discover the root of your symptoms, ultimately providing the best care options for each patient.                   this time, but are still

    Dr. Brodtman is Board-Certified by the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.                                studying the issue.
           AND TREATMENTS AVAILABLE FOR:                                                                                    	 E d i t o r ’s n o t e :
            • Asthma, Bronchitis and other respiratory disorders
            • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)                                                                                 Jim Weix is an avid
            • Sinusitis
            • Food allergies                                                                                                h u n t e r, a n g l e r,
            • Environmental allergies
            • Insect allergies                                                                                              conservationist,
            • Drug allergies
            • Eczema and Dermatitis                                                                                         as well as an
            •	 Immunodeficiency
                                                                                                                            o u t d o o r w r i t e r.
                  Dr. Daniel Brodtman, D.O., FAAP, FAAAAI, FACAAI
                                                                                                                            Jim was recently
                                          Locations in both Wellington and Stuart
                                                                                                                            inducted into the
Happy to announce the Grand Opening of our brand new office, located at 410 SE Hibiscus Ave, Stuart
                                                                                                                            Wisconsin Waterfowl

                                                                                                                            Association’s Hall of

                                                                                                                            Fame, for his work

                                                                                                                            in helping restore

                                                                                                                            thousands of acres of

                                                                                                                            wetlands. He is the

                                                                                                                            owner of The Real

                                                                                                                            Estate Company, Inc.

          Stuart  Same day appointments in most instances            Wellington                                             He can be reached at        Grouper season is now open.
                            Most insurances accepted                                                                        (772) 288-1900 or           They are a great addition to
772-221-3900                                                  561-795-2006                                                  by email: jimweix@          the fish box.
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