There are events in our lives that make us thankful for what we have. I had such an event last week when I came back home to a messy house. No the mess wasn't done by my 2 years old toddler, but by a burglar who broke into our house and took some of our belongings. I should have left the house with my toddler to be safe, but in the moment I just thought about calling the cops. What if the burglar had been in the house? I would have never forgave myself if something had happened to my toddler.
Even though we will probably never see our stolen belongings again, I'm thankful that my toddler and I were not harmed during the incident. I'm also thankful for the support and help of my community and neighbors. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I know it’s only November. The Florida legislative session will not start until March. But if you want to submit a local bill, you have to get it ready now.
Local Bill Procedure
If you are not familiar with the legislative process, you probably wonder what is a local bill. A local bill is a proposed law that only affects a specific geographical area as opposed to a general bill that affects the state in its entirety. Typically, public agencies such as special districts and municipalities request local bills. Before introducing a local bill to the Florida legislature, an agency’s request must be heard by its county legislative delegation. Agencies must submit the following documents to their delegation before the scheduled hearing:
Once heard and approved by a majority vote of the delegation, the requesting agencies must publish a Notice of Legislation in a local newspaper at least 30 days prior to the introduction of the bill to the Florida legislature. They must also find a bill sponsor.
Local Bill Deadlines
Don’t forget to follow all your county legislative delegation deadlines. The delegations don’t make any exceptions! In Palm Beach County, the deadlines are as follows:
For more information about local bills, visit or call your county legislative delegation office.
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Have you thought about starting a blog? I’ll be honest with you, it requires a good amount of work and discipline. But in the end, it is well worth it. Below are my top five reasons to start a blog.
You first need to gain your audience’s trust and respect to eventually turn them into clients. Being authentic, professional, open and honest when writing are some of the ways you can establish credibility with your audience.
Establish knowledge and expertise
Each time you write a blog post, you show your audience you know the topic you’re writing about. The more you write useful and accurate information, the more people will see you as an expert in your field. Clients are willing to pay more money for expert work.
Gain exposure to a wider audience
Brochures, ads, sponsorships and the likes are great marketing channels for law firms, but their reach is mostly local. If you write a blog, anyone in the world who has an internet connection can read it as long as it is easily accessible. To increase your audience, don’t forget to share your blog posts on social media.
Stay in touch with clients
A lot of law firms start a blog to gain clients, but it is also a good way to retain current and past clients. First, you will be fresh in their memory. They will also know that you are available for work. Finally, you will make a good impression by providing relevant and helpful information to your clients. There are different ways for your clients to stay in touch with you through a blog. Make sure your blog has an RSS Feed so clients can view your posts on their reader. You can also ask your clients to subscribe to your blog. This way they will receive blog updates on a regular basis directly in their email inbox.
Stay up to date on current law
You may be an expert in your field, but you don’t know everything. If you want your blog posts to be accurate or follow the most recent legal trends, you have to do research and stay current in your field. Read as much as you can and bookmark what you like for later use.
Now that I have convinced you to start a blog, there’s one more thing you need to know. Don’t start a blog to get clients, start one because you like writing. If you don’t like writing, you’re going to hate blogging.
Disclaimer: The content on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. Your Paralegal Help Desk's blogger is not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. If you have a legal issue, you should immediately seek the advice of a licensed attorney in your state.