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WHERE PASSION MEETS JUSTICE Why I Chose a Career in Law
As I started my undergraduate college career at the University of North Florida in my native town of Jacksonville, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. So, I pursued a pre-med major during my first year. By the time I completed my second semester of four-hour chemistry labs and calculus II, I started to have second thoughts. There were times I even wondered if 1 plus 1 was still 2. I realized there had to be a better way than the pre-med program.After all, I never liked the sight of blood and I could hardly stomach seeing someone in a desperate state of medical emergency. After consulting with the college guidance counselor, I learned that I could major in anything I wanted and go to law school.After considering my options and hoping to improve academically from the scores of chemistry and calculus, I changed my major from pre-med to communications, and I went from the four-hour chemistry labs to shorter classes (I even had a TV studio class). I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take photography courses where I found myself walking around the campus
outdoors, taking pictures of whatever I wanted instead of trying to concoct a chemistry project indoors within the confines of a strict laboratory environment.The guidance counselor advised me that I could go to law school as long as I performed above average academically and scored well on the LSAT.And that’s exactly what I did. I always believed I could make a difference in the lives of others one way or another. I believe in quality and genuine service to others. I believe in honesty and integrity. I believe in being the best I can be, no matter what I’m engaged in. I always pursue constant improvement in every aspect of life, especially in my career. In June 2011, I became the 13th lawyer in northeast Florida to be board- certified in marital and family law by the Florida bar. Today, I pride myself in having provided quality, aggressive legal advice and representation to thousands of clients in all types of family law matters all over the state of Florida. I enjoy fighting for my clients’ rights so much that it has become a passion. Helping others navigate through the darkness that lurks behind the confines of complex legal “TO ME, THE VALUE OF SATISFACTION FROMA HAPPY CLIENT ISWORTH WAY MORE THAN ANY MONEY THEY COULD EVER PAY ME.”
issues is such a passion that I considered changing what I do every day from “work” to something that sounds so much more fun than work! Today,The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. and the Law4Jax Team are on a mission to become one of northeast Florida’s market leaders in the delivery of quality, aggressive legal representation — representation built on a foundation of ultimate core values, training, court room experience, ethics, and strong, goal-oriented customer service. I pride myself on the results I obtained for my clients in the last 17 years.To me, the value of satisfaction from a happy client is worth way more than any money they could ever pay me.What drove me from the very beginning is my desire to help people, and what keeps me motivated is the growing number of wonderful clients who call on me for help with their most important legal affairs.Why do we have a growing number of clients? Because our clients know we get them the results they need, and the word is on the street! We are Jacksonville’s attorneys at law. The firm offers legal advice and representation in four different practice areas, anywhere in the state of Florida: family law, personal injury, criminal law, and Social Security disability.At The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A., our team is passionate about helping others, and we are where passion meets justice!
The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. and Team Law4Jax wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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There’s something magical about seeing a stack of presents wrapped in bright, multicolored paper. However, that enchanting scene quickly evaporates a few hours later when all those wads of wrapping paper and plastic bows are chucked unceremoniously into the garbage. What if we told you there are countless ways you can still enjoy wrapping and unwrapping presents, without all the waste? Here are a few creative gift wrap alternatives to consider this holiday season. Brown Paper Bags With the holiday season comes holiday shopping, and if you opt out of plastic grocery bags, you’re sure to have a surplus of brown paper bags in the pantry. Drop a present into the bag, tape it shut, and you’re good to go. Add some simple lace or a ribbon for an old-timey feel or get creative with stamps and hand-drawn artwork. This wrap job lets your imagination run wild.
Old Maps and Calendars These days, pretty much every phone has a built-in GPS, so you probably won’t need the map from your 1999 road trip anytime soon. If you still have an old map, why not use that for wrapping? The unusual designs guarantee your gifts will be one of a kind. And don’t worry if there are notes scrawled across the paper. Old events or directions will add some unique flair to the presents. Furoshiki Fabric is an excellent substitute for wrapping paper. You can use a scarf to create two gifts in one or pull out scraps of fabric from old projects. The traditional Japanese practice of furoshiki is all about wrapping goods in fabric. Described as “functional fabric origami,” you’d be amazed at how a few well-placed folds can turn your gift into a work of art. Learn how to wrap anything, from boxes to bottles, at ceas.ku.edu/ furoshiki-instructional-videos.
You don’t have to follow the same gift wrap habits year after year. After the effort you put into finding just the right present, you should be able to make
your gift wrap just as special. Find a method that’s uniquely you and get started!
Should Your Spouse BE PAYING ALIMONY?
Alimony — payments either in lump sum or on a continuing basis for the support and maintenance of a spouse or former spouse — is often court- ordered during the proceedings and lasts until well after the divorce is over. Alimony is paid by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse, and the amount widely varies. Each case is evaluated in accordance with the requirements of the statute, case by case. According to Florida legislature, when determining whether to award alimony, the court first must determine whether either party has an actual need for alimony or maintenance, and whether either party has the ability to pay. If it is determined that there is a need and a spouse can pay, the amount is based on many factors, including but not limited to the following.
Financial resources of each party.
awarded for any length of time up to the duration of the marriage. Finally, alimony following a long- term marriage may be awarded on a permanent and periodic basis. Bridge-the-gap alimony may be awarded to assist the dependent party in making the transition from married to single life, and it may not be awarded for more than two years. This amount of alimony cannot be modified in amount or duration, and it is terminated upon the death of either party or marriage of the dependent party. Many other types of alimony payments exist under Florida legislature. If you have any questions about alimony or child support please call us anytime.Also, if you know anybody who is confronted with divorce, custody, alimony, or support issues anywhere in Florida, please feel free to refer them to us for help.
• Earning capabilities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of each party. The contribution of each party to the marriage, including but not limited to services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party. Tax treatment and consequences if awarded. Just about any other factor that affects the parties’ finances that the court wishes to consider. When determining alimony, the length of time a couple has been married can determine how much alimony will be paid to the dependent spouse. For example, short- term marriages have a duration of less than seven years, moderate-term marriages have a duration between seven and 17 years, and long-term marriages have a duration of 17 years or greater. Alimony after short-term marriage is usually awarded on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, alimony awarded after a moderate-term marriage may be • • • • Child responsibilities of each party.
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The standard of living established during the marriage.
Duration of the marriage.
Age and physical and emotional condition of each party.
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“JACKSONVILLE’S ATTORNEY AT LAW.”
When searching for a lawyer, many individuals assume that anyone with a law degree, a website, and a Yelp review page specializes in their stated area of practice. Or they may suppose all attorneys are the same. This is not true. Experience, skills, qualifications, training, and a lawyer’s overall knack for professionalism, ambition, and determination will affect your case. As reported by the Florida Bar, only 6 percent of all eligible members of the Bar are board-certified. As of Nov. 1, 2017, there are 105,686 members of the Florida Bar, 91,908 of whom are in good standing. Many attorneys will try to stretch the rules and refer to themselves as specialists when they are not board-certified. But no Florida attorney is truly a specialist or expert without a board certification, since it is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys. In order to meet the criteria to be considered for certification, Florida attorneys must demonstrate the following prerequisites.
• Satisfy the certification’s legal education requirements. Pass a rigorous written examination. Demonstrate “substantial involvement” in the area of practice of desired certification. Conduct a minimum of 15 contested civil cases in courts of general jurisdiction in a five-year period. Conduct a minimum of seven trials in a five- year period. Attaining certification is no easy task, but Sam Jubran is committed to quality and the success of his clients. In May 2011, Sam Jubran became the 13th attorney in northeast Florida to be board-certified in marital and family law. However, he is now one of only 10 board-certified lawyers in marital and family law in northeast Florida. When you hire a board-certified attorney, you know for certain that your case will be handled with care, class, and professionalism. You can rest assured that your investment in a board-certified lawyer is also an investment in your future. Speaking with Sam Jubran first is your best bet when dealing with any type of family law matter anywhere in the state of Florida. • • • • • Renew certification every five years.
The Importance OF BOARD CERTIFICATION
Practice law for at least five years.
Pass peer review of competence in area of law, as well as fitness of character, ethics, and professionalism.
TAKE A BREAK HOLIDAY STAR COOKIES
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
5 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Remove top piece of parchment paper and dust dough with almond flour.
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, agave, and vanilla.
Cut out cookies with a small star cutter.
Using a metal spatula, place stars on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F until edges are lightly browned, 5–8 minutes.
Mix wet ingredients into dry.
Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until ¼ inch thick.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Recipe inspired by elanaspantry.com/star-cookies
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HOW I FULFILL MY DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS THROUGH LAW INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. 2. STOP WASTING GIFT WRAP! ALIMONY INFORMATION
IS YOUR ATTORNEY BOARD- CERTIFIED?
HOLIDAY STAR COOKIES
SANTA TRACKING GOES HIGH-TECH
SANTA TRACKING Goes High-Tech
browser powered by Google Maps, including, of course, an up-to-the-minute GPS tracker for the big man. The application arrived in 2004, and it’s been updated every year since. During the countdown to Christmas, there’s a colorfully animated advent calendar of sorts, where buildings around Santa’s village “thaw out” and reveal a host of fun games and
status updates from Old Saint Nick, and tells kids how far he is from their city. It’s a colorful, fun adventure for the whole family. Of course, Google’s not the only kid on the Santa- tracking block. There’s also NORAD Tracks Santa, operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the same organization that tracks nuclear missiles for the government. Similar to Google, noradsanta.org includes a variety of fun games and activities leading up to Christmas. But unlike Google, NORAD has a dedicated Santa-tracking app for your phone, where you can see a 3-D view of Santa’s location during his trip. The app also features videos, so you and your little ones can see clips of Santa flying around major landmarks and world cities. Just don’t stay up too late watching them. You don’t want Santa to skip over your house!
It’s almost Christmas, and if you have small kids, you know what that means: prepping for the arrival of a jolly man in a red suit and his confusingly named reindeer. Some of us may remember spending Christmas Eve curled on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa as radio reports tracked Santa’s trip around the globe. But these days, kiddos have gotten a little more high-tech in their search for up-to-date, GPS-driven Kringle updates.
activities. There’s even a section titled “Santa Tracker for Educators,” which includes kid-friendly coding games, information on international holiday traditions, and a translation app to “learn the Santa lingo from around the world.” When the eve of the big day finally comes, Google promises a showcase of Santa’s “dashboard, the technology that powers his sleigh during his around- the-world journey.” Featuring “the latest and greatest … in sleigh engineering,” the app displays a Google Maps window that tracks each of Santa’s stops, gives
First, there’s the Google Santa Tracker (santatracker. google.com), a full-fledged holiday hub for your
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