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When seeking help for a loved one in a court of law, an experienced attorney with a complete understanding of the Florida Marchman Act statute as well as the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure can and will increase your success in obtaining assessment, stabilization and treatment for your loved one. An informed client should also be fully aware of the reasons that they are deciding to hire a particular law firm to accomplish their particular legal goal. The following are just six reasons why you should hire ARLS to accomplish your goals and save a life.

Reason #1:

When a Marchman Act petition is filed against someone, that person (the Respondent) will automatically be appointed a skilled trial attorney to represent them in court at the hearing before the judge. That attorney will be trained in the legal complexities and nuances of the Florida Marchman Act statute and rules of civil procedure. Their sole job is to defend their clients vigorously and must argue to have the petition dismissed by the court for any legitimate legal cause if requested by their client.

ARLS Solution:

The attorneys at Addition Recovery Legal Services are former court appointed attorneys who have handled thousands of Marchman Act proceedings (including defense work), and have a complete understanding of the rules of civil procedure and the legal complexities and nuances of the Florida Marchman Act statute. We make sure you not only enter the court system on a level playing field, but have the advantage from the start. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the Marchman Act works and keeps your loved one in a treatment program for as long as legally, medically and emotionally necessary. Our ARLS team is here to ensure you accomplish your goals.

Reason #2:

When a Marchman Act petition is filed against someone, any failure to legally comply with the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, either when filing or enforcing the petition, can result in the case being immediately dismissed, or possibly reset until all procedural legal rights are met. When dealing with the immediate critical needs of an addicted loved one, the attorneys of Addiction Recovery Legal Services recognize that families simply cannot risk the possibility of mistake or delay.

ARLS Solution:

The attorneys of Addiction Recovery Legal Services have a complete understanding of the legal complexities and nuances of the Florida Marchman Act and rules of civil procedure. More so, Addiction Recovery Legal Services is a law firm and staff dedicated to filing AND enforcing Marchman Act petitions 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Remember, the Marchman Act is a legal process that is held to the same rules of procedure as any other legal matter.

Reason #3:

When a Marchman Act petition is filed against someone it could take several weeks (or, more) to have a court hearing scheduled just to hear the facts of the case.

ARLS Solution:

ALRS attorneys are officers of the court who can lawfully expedite court hearings; specifically, if a loved one who is in dire straits and is in imminent danger of physically harming themselves or others due to their substance abuse. In these cases, having an attorney obtain a court order signed by a judge can result in having your loved one picked up and taken by the law enforcement to detox in just 24 to 48 hours from filing.

Reason #4:

When a Marchman Act petition is filed most people do not understand that further hearings and additional pleadings MUST be filed and acted upon with the court in a timely manner. All hearings and pleadings are subject to court and statutory deadlines. It is the responsibility of the person filing a Marchman Act petition to meet any and all requirements and deadlines. Any failure to do so may end in a dismissal or rescheduling of your case. In cases of dismissal, the process must start over from the very beginning. When dealing with the immediate critical needs of an addicted loved one, families simply cannot risk the possibility of mistake or delay.

ARLS Solution:

With over a decade of Marchman Act experience in dealing with addicted individuals and families, our law firm is trained to address and fulfill both the requirements of the court and the needs of our clients. We know that a team effort is essential in properly advocating on behalf of a Marchman Act petitioner. Each of our staff performs a unique and specific duty to achieve the goals and results sought by our clients. Our office is experienced in immediately addressing any issue that may arise in a Marchman Act case. In fact, our office is experienced in anticipating and avoiding the issues that a novice or layperson commonly encounter (and, would have no reason to expect) with the courts, clerk of the courts and/or law enforcement.

Reason #5:

Filing and enforcing a Marchman Act petition requires a full time commitment to monitor the case, monitor the respondent’s progress and their complete compliance with treatment.

ARLS Solution:

Addiction Recovery Legal Services is a law firm with an internal structure developed to help shoulder the burdens confronting a family dealing with an addicted loved one who is resistant to immediate and/or extended treatment. ARLS understands that even though a court may order an addict to undergo treatment this does not guarantee the addict will comply with that court order. ARLS not only ensures treatment orders are properly put into place, but, most importantly, ensures that those court orders are enforced by creating immediate legal consequences for the addict’s non-compliance. We create consequences in the addict’s life, where none currently exist. The ARLS team is available to assist our clients through this process 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Reason #6:

When a Marchman Act petition is filed by a treatment center or other individuals claiming to have the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of the legal system it is important to understand that they are not trained attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. Further, they are exposing families, the addict and themselves to the significant consequences of failure. It is a 3rd degree Felony to practice law in the State of Florida without a license. In our experience, anyone who tells you the Florida Marchman Act will not or cannot work – simply does not understand the law.

ARLS Solution:

The attorneys of Addiction Recovery Legal Services are licensed by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida and are licensed members of the Florida Bar Association. They are protected by legal liability insurance and have assisted thousands of families successfully and swiftly; thus alleviating the family’s burden and significantly improving their loved one’s chances of recovery. In some cases, time is of the essence and delays and/or mistakes in the process can make the difference between success and failure…and sometimes, life or death.

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*Please note ARLS is the first law firm in Florida whose sole concentration is Marchman Act implementation and litigation. We've handled more than a thousand cases. Our experience, training and education provides you with the best Marchman Act advice available. Other attorneys who offer a Free Consultation should be questioned as to their experience and expertise, as these attorneys have just recently entered this area of law and have only handled a minimal number of cases. Our consultation fee is a small price to pay for those trying to determine whether implementing the Marchman Act is right for them.

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