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Changes to the Service Dog Statute

Oct 22, 2015 - Animal & Pet Law, Uncategorized

On July 1, 2015, the Legislature amended Fl. St. Section 413.08 addressing use of service animals for persons with disabilities has been modified. “A person with a disability” is now defined as a person who has a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” The new definition of a “physical or mental impairment” includes a person who may have a hidden physical disability, an anatomical loss, or a mental / psychological disorder recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. Now a veteran...

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The New Barker

Oct 22, 2015 - Animal & Pet Law

Recently, our office was approached by The New Barker, a Florida lifestyle magazine that is devoted to people living with dogs, to contribute to their quarterly magazine.  Below is our ad featured in the magazine.  To view the magazine and read Attorney Blaesing’s articles click here.  We are excited about this new partnership and hope you will support this wonderful magazine!

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Our Remote Office

Jul 22, 2015 - General, Uncategorized

On opening up my solo office in Nov 2014, Annie, my assistant, and I set out to create a new office form. We think that the innovative office is far more family friendly and should be the prototype for the office of the future. Young women entering the work force should not have to choose between having children or having a career. In these economic times, both parents usually need to work for wages and insurance. The reality is that young women are not free to choose between children and wages; women are doing both. Whether the woman works...

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Out Walking

Jun 23, 2015 - Just for Fun

OUT WALKING   We are walking, my caddle of cairns, you and I in the well field park, me to escape the spoil and tarnish of a life once light gone dark. You are excited to walk the wild wood, scrub oak, myrtle, palmetto flatland shivering with joyful likelihood at the rustling of nature’s band. We glimpse the armadillo scurrying, the jay busily gathering for the nest; grey and brown squirrels chattering to warn the approach of us, the pest. I hear the screech of the hunting bird soaring so high above our heads and the ground owl...

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The Perfect Spot

Jun 23, 2015 - Just for Fun

The Perfect Spot   So many mornings, dog and I, out in the cold and dew, Me, longing for a warm bed or hot tea pot, yet here I am, out again. So, I ask you, What constitutes the perfect spot.   For miles, you sniff each dewy grass blade, each tree, each shrub, each and every dirt clop, all rejected, none will do. I ask, nerves frayed, What constitutes the perfect spot?   Yet, bent to avoid shame in the ring, we walk as I try to conjure the criteria, must another dog been here to have its fling, or must no dog have ever used...

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I Want to Get a Dog: Part One

Apr 25, 2015 - Animal & Pet Law

Over the last thirty years, as I have changed professions from veterinary technician to lawyer, I have been receiving the same phone call (or now, email), asking for advice on getting a dog. It is a big deal because the human is committing to an animal with a life span of 13- 18 years (those are my numbers). That translates to almost two decades of expenses such as food, medicine, toys, and of narrowing options for housing, relationships, job choices. It is also two decades of loyalty, joyous greetings whenever you return home, of babe or...

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I Want to Get a Dog: Part Two

Mar 25, 2015 - Animal & Pet Law

Purchase or rescue? This is a tough question. As a former employee of the MSPCA (Massachuset Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and as a 16 year board member and President of the Suncoast SPCA in New Port Richey, Florida, I have great respect and loyalty to animal dedicated non profit organizations. Please understand that because an organization uses the name “humane society” or “society for the prevention of cruelty to animals” does not mean it is sanctioned, connected to, or overseen by the national...

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Estate Documents

Feb 25, 2015 - Estate Planning & Documents, Family Law, Probate Court

Two things in life are certain; you must pay your tax (problems with that arena I refer you to your CPA, happily) and you die. It is the second certainly which we are concerned with. Our system of law is patterned after the English legal tradition. The noble families of England wished to ensure that at the death of a family member, the deceased person’s real and personal property would pass on the person heirs or persons chosen by the deceased person. The family wealth could not fall in to the hands of the strongest person in the...

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Estate Planning Documents Other Than Last Will and Testament

Jan 25, 2015 - Estate Planning & Documents, Family Law, Probate Court

Florida law allows for a host of documents beyond the Last Will and Testament to assist you in the event of you death or in the event that you suffer illness or accident that makes you incapable of acting on your own behalf. In this blog I will address the three main and most common documents that I recommend that you have in your estate documents arsenal for the event of possible incapacity. Depending on your life and family situation, I may recommend others to assist you with dependents, with inheritance tax issues or other special...

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Welcome to Our Firm

Dec 5, 2014 - General

Our firm policy is based on a service model. I have practiced for 21 years in my community and my reputation is one of competency and fairness. I consider myself in a partnership with my client, counseling to try to avert unfortunate legal problems if possible and representing the best interest of my client by negotiation or litigation as is necessary. The attorney- client partnership is based on mutual communication, the goals of the client, the realistic evaluation of available legal remedies and on a frank cost benefit analysis. My support...

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