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  • More on a Transportation District

    I promised a Crestview Commissioner that I wouldn’t start a full scale commotion about my proposal to create a North Okaloosa Transportation District for at least a couple of weeks, in order to allow all those fine folks I talked about in my last article to present a better solution. I’m going to keep my promise. But I have to reply to Nathan Boyles’ critique of what he calls my “editorial” in his ...
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    For the hundreds of people who sit in a barely moving chain starting about 5 miles south of Crestview every afternoon, I have one question: If someone were to walk between the cars with a bucket and when you roll down your window say “throw in two bucks and I will make this mess go away”, would you do it? My guess is if we had to pull out a credit card to pay the man, we’d do it. As you answer ...
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  • Home Ownership

    I oftentimes hear folks express their frustration with home ownership. They dream about owning a condominium where they will have little maintenance responsibility and a condominium association looking after the community. When you have a responsible Board of Directors, a professional association manager, and the association providing insurance covering the exterior of the building, what could ...
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  • Our Newest Shareholder Tara Hagan

    It is our pleasure to announce that Tara Hagan is our newest Shareholder here at Chesser & Barr. Tara is a talented advocate of the firm’s clients and her experience extends across business law, real estate litigation, and appellate work. Mrs. Hagan came to us in 2011 after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, and then her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson ...
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  • What's in your black bag?

    This article first started where the last one left off. That one told of a bank-owned repossession, a commercial lot, burdened by a billboard easement. The person buying was new to the English language, and didn’t know that the easement, which I called a “blanket easement” prevented use of the entire property. My first approach to a fix is to say to Realtors and closing agents, when presented with ...
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  • President's Circle for 2017 | Emerald Coast Divorce Lawyers

    Chesser & Barr, P.A. Selected as a Member of The Fund’s President’s Circle for 2017 We are excited to announce that our law firm, Chesser & Barr, P.A. has been named as a Member of The Fund’s President’s Circle for 2017. The Fund's President's Circle is an elite group that is made of the top 100 Member firms based on the policies remitted in 2017. Firms that are selected to be part of The Fund’s ...
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  • Should I Sell My Wedding Ring?

    Selling your wedding ring following a divorce is ultimately a personal choice. Some people choose to keep the jewelry as a final keepsake because they cannot bring themselves to completely eradicate this part of their lives. A wedding ring serves as a reminder of what once was, and as such, it can be a special memento for many. If there are no hard feelings regarding the marriage, many people ...
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  • Should I Move Out During Divorce?

    Moving out in the midst of a divorce is an idea many couples consider, though determining whether this is the right move to make depends on your specific circumstances. There are both pros and cons when it comes to deciding to leave or deciding to stay. The truth of the matter is, not everyone has the ability to move out. Divorce is already a financially challenging period in one’s life and many ...
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  • Can I Change My Divorce Agreement?

    When courts finalize a divorce, they are signing off on an agreement they think is as fair as possible. Likewise, if a child is involved in the divorce, the court is essentially making the decision they believe is in the child’s best interest. However, life rarely goes the way we plan. One parent might lose a job and might no longer be capable of making child support payments, or another parent ...
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  • We Are Donating 76 Amazon Gift Cards to Teenagers for Christmas!

    Chesser & Barr Attorneys, with offices in Crestview and Shalimar, is donating Amazon gift cards for Christmas to 76 teenagers being served by the Okaloosa Guardian ad Litem Program this year. A spokesperson for the Firm said that “Being able to support 26 teens in Crestview and 50 teens in Fort Walton Beach was a huge accomplishment. The program continues to grow each year and we are fortunate ...
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  • What Rights Do Unmarried Parents Have?

    The nuclear family is becoming less and less common throughout the United States. Couples are deciding not to marry and even not to have kids. However, this trend can sometimes be legally confusing if the couple decides to split. For example, the law in Florida automatically gives a mother parental rights to her children since she gave birth to them. Her maternity is proven. Paternity, on the ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid as a Divorcing Parent

    Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, particularly parents. Not only do you have to worry about your own emotional well-being, but you also have to worry about your child’s as well. Parenting through a divorce can be hard because each couple has different degrees of civility and animosity. However, people will be scrutinizing your parenting methods more than ever during this time because child ...
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  • Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

    More and more couples are opting into signing prenuptial agreements before getting married. Prenuptial agreements, also called premarital agreements or prenups, are contracts signed before marriage to protect each spouse’s financial interests. Likewise, prenups can protect the inheritance rights of children and grandchildren from a previous marriage who would otherwise take a backseat to any ...
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  • The Reverse Mortgage Cross-Over

    Regardless of what you think about a reverse mortgage, there is one thing you should consider if you’re weighing that option. I’ve never seen it discussed, but for this article I’ll call it the “cross-over point.” That’s the date on which the amount you owe on your mortgage will equal the value of your house. Put in real numbers, if you own a home worth $200,000 and you put a $150,000 reverse ...
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  • Letter To The Editor

    The writer on November 12 finds fault with the opinions stated on October 8 th , that the N.R.A. has sponsored too many American guns. The N.R.A., she believes, protects us from criminals and from the “bureaucracies” like Germany and Russia. I beg to differ. Constitutional Democracies, I submit, have proven themselves to have one thing in common. Someone will test the limits of every ...
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