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THE ROLE OF ATTORNEYS IN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

Organ and tissue transplants dramatically increase the longevity and quality of life for people suffering from life-threatening diseases. In 2013, almost 29,000 transplants were performed in the U.S. The medical technology exists to perform many more and thus improve many more lives. The need for donated organs has increased rapidly, but there has been no corresponding increase in donors. Tragically, over 120,000 people are on the national waiting list for vital organs. Every year about 6,000 individuals die while waiting.

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ESTATE PLANNING CAN INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR ORGAN DONATION

The continuing and critical shortage of organs and tissue is the overriding deterrent to the more widespread availability of transplantation in the U.S., resulting in a relentless rise in the national waiting list, and thousands of deaths each year. The persistent shortage presents a paradox, however, as the vast majority of adults (97%) in the U.S. express support for the concept of organ donation and a large majority (78%) report they are likely to donate their own organs and tissue when they die, according to a 2005 Gallup survey. Furthermore, nine out of 10 persons polled believe that donation engenders something positive after a death, and are likely to donate the organs and tissue of a family member, if that person had positively discussed donation.

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GUIDE TO SERVICE BY EMAIL IN FLORIDA COURTS

When a party to a lawsuit or other proceeding files documents in Florida court, copies of the documents must be served on all other parties. Effective September 1, 2012, such service must be by email. This article discusses the implications of the rule that implements the change — Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.516(b).

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E-FILING FAQ

Documents filed in Florida courts must be submitted electronically. This article is a set of frequently asked questions about e-filing.

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