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Help from mortgage groups during foreclosure

… “There are pros and cons to those types of events,” said foreclosure defense attorney Steven Combs.  Combs does not have direct knowledge of NACA’s procedures, but said many of the services offered by mortgage help groups to troubled homeowners can probably be done by homeowners on their own. …

First Coast News, Channel 12 (Jacksonville NBC affiliate), Channel 25 (Jacksonville ABC Affiliate)
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Jacksonville’s LPS agrees to $127 million settlement over improper practices

…[T]he $127 million will be paid from the company’s legal reserve fund, which held $223 million as of Dec. 31.”I’m not surprised there was a settlement,” said Steven Combs, another lawyer active in foreclosure defense. “But I’m interested in seeing if the proceeds will be used to benefit the aggrieved homeowners. …

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
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Family files suit in Tampa woman’s carbon monoxide death

“If any of these defendants had done something different, we believe the outcome would not have been the same,” said attorney Mark Lin[k], who is representing Hawk’s family with attorney Steven Combs of Jacksonville.

Tampa Tribune
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Parents sue in carbon monoxide death

… Attorney Steve Combs said the situation was foreseeable and could have easily been prevented. He said he filed suit against the landlords, the construction design companies and the Grywalskis. …

Channel 4 News4Jax.Com (Jacksonville’s “Local” Station)
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Churchgoers critical of political comments by priest

… “It is not really a separation of state and church issue as much as a taxation issue,” Combs said.  Combs says churches crossing that line could lose their tax exempted status.  “They’re absolutely jeopardizing their tax status,” he said….

First Coast News, Channell 12 (Jacksonville NBC affiliate), Channel 25 (Jacksonville ABC Affiliate)
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Another firm joins Ponte Vedra-based MDI’s lawsuit against Wells Fargo.

The primary owner of a Ponte Vedra Beach prisoner medical services and analytics provider embroiled in a multimillion-dollar legal battle with one of the largest banks in the U.S. has added another firm to his lawsuit. …  Willich’s attorney, Steve Combs, offered only this: “I’ll let the amended complaint speak for itself.” …

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
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Florida’s High-Speed Answer to a Foreclosure Mess

… The Florida Supreme Court has consistently recognized the need to hire retired judges on a temporary basis, Mr. Combs said, and has ruled that such a “temporary” use is constitutional.  But because the retired judges are being given foreclosure assignments “repeatedly and consecutively” to the point of usurping the elected judges’ jurisdiction over all residential foreclosure cases, he said, their use may not qualify as temporary and could thus violate the Florida constitution. …

The New York Times
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General Master Combs joins chief judge’s office

A big farewell party was held in the Green Cove Springs Courthouse Thursday for Clay County General Master Steven Combs, who started his new job today as general counsel to the 4th Judicial Circuit. He is now sharing office space with Chief Judge Donald Moran, who hired him.  “I will be handling any routine vendor and employment issues that may arise for the court system,” said Combs. “I’ll also be advising the chief judge on his Constitutional authority as it relates to the other branches of government and to other Constitutional officers.” …

Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Court clerk targets deadbeat parents

…Department cases can take longer than child support cases handled locally. “Having the clerk do it is more swift,” said Steve Combs, a general master who hears child support cases in Clay County. …

Clay County Line/The Florida Times-Union (Clay County, FL)
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Clay General Master Combs gets Bar Association award

When Clay County General Master Steven Combs began holding family law night court sessions about five months ago, he established a precedent for the only night court in Florida.  Now, partly as a result of the innovative program, Combs has been selected as the first recipient of a new award created by the Florida Bar Association to annually honor an individual in the legal profession for special service in family law….

Cay County Line/Florida-Times Union (Clay County, FL)
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First night court in Clay is a hit

…The only family law night court in Florida began at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. The program was scheduled to reduce a backlog of cases and to make the legal process more convenient for childless couples who seek uncontested divorces without attorneys involved. Steven P. Combs, Clay County Circuit Court’s general master, hears hundreds of family law cases every year, including about 80 pro se cases each month in which couples without children represent themselves in divorce proceedings.

Clay County Line/The Florida Times-Union (Clay County, FL)
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Clay to open divorce court to evening sessions

… Getting a divorce in Clay County is about to become easier than ever for disgruntled married couples who want to call it quits without the assistance of a lawyer.  The only night court in Florida will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. The evening session was scheduled for uncontested divorce cases in which childless couples are representing themselves. “They involve property but no children,” said General Master Steven Combs, who presides over 3,000 to 4,000 family law cases a year in Clay County….

Clay County Line/The Florida Times-Union (Clay County, FL)
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Family law night court comes to Clay County

To prevent a backlog of family law cases in Clay County, two court officials said they are debuting the state’s only night court dealing with family law cases this evening.   Steven P. Combs, the state’s equivalent to a magistrate as Clay County Circuit Court’s general master, said he will volunteer to act as judge in pro se cases where both parties represent themselves and agree to settle without having to go through a full-blown trial….

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
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Master of his job

General Master Steven Combs finds himself in an enviable position — neither overworked nor underappreciated.  The Clay County jurist, who presided over 3,896 hearings last year, has received the Dignity in Law award from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. … Following several qualifiers and disclaimers, Combs explained that a “master” is roughly equivalent to a magistrate.  The master concept “likely derived from the Roman law and was imported to the Anglo-American law through the Norman Conquest,” he said.

Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Deadbeat dad loses $230,000 inheritance

Thirty-six years after leaving his wife and three small sons, a former Jacksonville man has been cut off from a $230,000 inheritance that a Putnam County judge says should go to the abandoned family. …  “They could never get a hold of this guy,” said Steven Combs, the family’s attorney. “He lived in the shadows.” For years, Salsburg’s wife searched for her former husband…

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
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Partners have seen the law from both sides

… Greene said she and Smith have an advantage over other partners through a blend of their academic skills, earlier careers and legal training. “We were both trained as commercial litigators,” Greene said. “That’s the kind of practice that requires a lot of discipline and focus and attention to detail.  “It also requires you to become accustomed to interacting with very sophisticated clients. That is something we bring to our family law practice that I think is unique in the family law bar.” …

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Women lawyers host judicial candidate forum as election nears

Deborah Greene, past JWLA president, said the Hudson/Norton race is “historic” because it’s the first time both candidates for Duval County judge are women. Although the number of women attorneys in Jacksonville has grown, Greene said, “We are still under-represented in the judiciary.” Only nine of 53 judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit are women, she said.”

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Legal stories: a look back at 2006

Deborah Greene, past-president of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, said women are “still underrepresented in the judiciary,” adding only nine of 53 judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit were women prior to the election.

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Law firm hosts open house

An open house was held last week in the new law offices of Ann Smith and Deborah Greene on the 11th floor at 550 W. Water St.

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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People helping others

The JWLA members unanimously approved the nomination slate for the 2004-05 executive board. In addition to Brice, they are Deborah Greene (president-elect) …

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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Lawyer Snapshot: Shane T. Herbert

As the current president of the Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association, on April 2 we held a joint meeting and networking event with the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at Florida Coastal School of Law. The local Asian American Bar Association holds an event like this once or twice a year. It also co-sponsored the Poverty Simulation presented by the Human Rights Section of The JBA.

The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record
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