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1. What is a Baker Act proceeding?
2. How are voluntary and involuntary Baker Act admissions different?
3. How is an involuntary Baker Act proceeding initiated?
4. What steps must be taken to obtain an ex parte order?
5. What happens after the order is issued?
6. How long may a person be held under an ex parte Baker Act order?
7. Where can I find more information about the Baker Act?

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1. When are the meetings for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners?
2. How many meetings are held each month by the Board of County Commissioners?
3. Can I watch the Board Meetings from my PC?
4. How do I know what the commissioners will discuss at the meeting?
5. How soon after Board Meetings are the minutes available?
6. Are Board Minutes available to the public?
7. Are audio and video tapes of the Board Meetings available?
8. Are the Minutes indexed for retrieval by the public?
9. Are copies of County Ordinances available?
10. Are County Ordinances available on disk?

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1. How do I pay for a boating violation?
2. How long do I have to pay for fishing or boating violation?
3. What are more facts on boating violations?

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1. Where do I obtain Florida child support arrearage information regarding workers' compensation claimants?
2. What is child support?
3. Who is the obligor?
4. Who is the obligee?
5. What is the Florida State Disbursement Unit (SDU)?
6. What is an Income Deduction Order/Income Withholding Order (IDO/IWO) (Florida Statute 61.1301)?
7. When will my employer start making payments through the SDU?
8. How do I get help when I am not receiving court ordered child support?
9. How to enforce Child Support payments?
10. What are methods of payment?
11. What if I have a payment inquiry?
12. How can I file a payment reduction or increase?
13. How can I get credit for child support payments made directly to the recipient?
14. How can I have my payment deposited into my bank account?

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1. What forms of payment do you accept?

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1. How do I collect money from someone that owes me?
2. Who can file in Small Claims Court?
3. How much does it cost to file in Small Claims Court?
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
5. What do I need to bring in if I want to file a Small Claims suit against someone?
6. Do you have the forms for me to pick up?
7. What if I am suing a company?
8. What do I do if I want a jury trial to be set on my case?
9. How long after I file the suit will it go to court?
10. What will happen at the mediation session?
11. What if the party I am suing does not appear for the pretrial/mediation?
12. If the case has to be set for a final hearing, how soon will it be heard?
13. How will I be notified of the date of the final hearing?
14. How do I subpoena a witness to the hearing?
15. Will the final hearing be held in a courtroom?
16. What happens to my case if a settlement is reached, prior to the final hearing?
17. If the judge rules on my behalf, what does this mean?
18. What is a final judgment and how do I collect my money?
19. How do I obtain a lien against the Respondent/Defendant’s real property?
20. What is a Writ of Execution/Writ of Garnishment?
21. What are the rights as a defendant or respondent?

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1. What should I do if I am arrested?
2. How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
3. When is my next court date?
4. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
5. How do I know when a trial is scheduled for public viewing?
6. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
9. What happens to the evidence submitted in my case? How do I get it back?

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1. How long do I have to pay my traffic citation?
2. What happens if my traffic citation is not paid timely?
3. How can I obtain my driver's license history?
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
5. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, and other costs?
6. Do you accept payments via telephone?
7. When is my next court date?
8. What if I cannot pay my traffic citation within 30 calendar days?
9. How do I elect to attend a driver improvement course for my citation?
10. What are the benefits of attending driver improvement school?
11. What happens if I do not attend the driver improvement school I elected?
12. What happens if my ticket is not paid timely?
13. Who do I contact if my citation/case has been turned over to the collection agency?
14. What is a D-6 clearance?
15. How can I seek return of a cash bond after it has been forfeited or estreated by the Court for failure of the defendant to appear in court?

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1. Do we have to file for a divorce in the county where we reside?
2. Do you have an informational pamphlet on Divorce in Florida?
3. What is the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course?

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1. What is a simplified divorce/simplified dissolution of marriage?
2. Where can we file for a simplified divorce?
3. What do we need to bring with us?
4. Do we have to have an attorney?
5. What does it cost to file for a simplified divorce?
6. How long will it take for our divorce to become final?
7. What happens after the Judge signs the Final Judgment?
8. Can we change our mind after we have filed for a simplified dissolution of marriage?
9. Do we have to file for a divorce in the county where we reside?

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1. What are the statutory requirements for filing a "Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence?
2. What is an injunction?
3. Where can I obtain an injunction?
4. Is there a fee for filing an Injunction of Protection?
5. What Information is helpful in filing a Petition for Injunction?
6. What are other steps in the legal process?
7. What if the respondent is outside the State of Florida?
8. What can the injunction do for you?
9. Can my child be a witness?
10. How long does the injunction remain in effect?
11. Can I have my weapons for the hunting season?
12. Do I need an attorney?

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1. What is the ePortal?
2. How do I register for an account?
3. Where can I get training or documentation on how to eFile?
4. I need assistance with my ePortal account. Whom do I contact?
5. Can I file for all cases?
6. Is special software required?
7. What document types does the ePortal support?
8. Are all types of documents accepted?
9. Will there be any charges for users of the ePortal?
10. How will users of the ePortal be authenticated?
11. What electronic notifications will be supported by the ePortal?
12. How will the ePortal store the filing time and time stamping of filings?
13. How will the ePortal provide access to filings once they are accepted by the local Clerk/Recorder?
14. What happens if a filing occurs on the ePortal and the local system is down?
15. How do I sign an electronic document?
16. Do I still need to submit the original document to the Clerk?
17. Who is allowed to use eFiling?
18. Can a single filing apply to more than one case?
19. Can I file multiple pleadings in the same case in the same transaction?
20. What about privacy and the “minimization” rule?

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1. If a tenant won't pay rent, what can I do to get him out?
2. What is the filing fee for evictions?
3. What do I need to bring to file an eviction?
4. Can you accept a personal check for fees?
5. What if the tenant is doing other things other than not paying the rent, what can be done to get him out?
6. What if I just want my property back?
7. What happens when I file the eviction?
8. What if the tenant moves and leaves possessions in the rental unit?
9. What if the landlord will not repair the dwelling?
10. If I have contention with the landlord over the dwelling, can I post the rent into the registry of the Court?
11. Can the landlord just come in and take possession or change the locks on the dwelling?

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1. What should I do if I am arrested?
2. How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
3. When is my next court date?
4. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
5. How do I know when a trial is scheduled for public viewing?
6. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
9. What happens to the evidence submitted in my case? How do I get it back?
10. How can I seek return of a cash bond after it has been forfeited or estreated by the Court for failure of the defendant to appear in court?
11. How do I have my civil rights restored?

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1. Where do I file a foreclosure action?
2. Where can I view foreclosure cases?
3. What happens in foreclosure proceedings?
4. What is done prior to the foreclosure sale?
5. May a person who is not involved in the foreclosure lawsuit bid on the property?
6. When and where are mortgage foreclosure sales held?
7. How are online foreclosure sales conducted?
8. How are in-person foreclosure sales conducted?
9. When is the Certificate of Title issued?

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1. What should I do if I am arrested?
2. How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
3. When is my next court date?
4. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
5. How do I know when a trial is scheduled for public viewing?
6. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
9. What happens to the evidence submitted in my case? How do I get it back?
10. How do I have my civil rights restored?
11. How can I have my criminal case sealed or expunged?
12. How can I seek return of a cash bond after it has been forfeited or estreated by the Court for failure of the defendant to appear in court?

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1. What is the Clerk’s Authority to Audit?
2. Why does Escambia County need an Internal Audit Function?
3. What about Audit Independence?
4. What about confidentiality?

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1. What is the Marchman Act?
2. What is a voluntary Marchman Act admission?
3. What is an involuntary admission for assessment and stabilization?
4. Who files the Petition for Involuntary Assessment and Stabilization?
5. Where can I find more information about the Marchman Act?

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1. Where can I obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?
2. What is age limit a person can get a marriage license without parental consent?
3. If under the age of 18, can I still get a marriage license?
4. Is a waiting period required?
5. Is a blood test required?
6. Who can perform marriage ceremonies?
7. If I get a marriage license in the State of Florida, can I take it to another state to be married?
8. How long is a marriage license good for?
9. Will we have to read any material prior to our marriage license being issued?
10. Must I be a Florida resident or a U.S. Citizen to apply for a marriage license?
11. Do I need to bring witnesses?
12. Can I marry a relative?
13. Can I marry a person of the same sex as I am?
14. Is my marriage in another state to a person of the same sex recognized in Florida?

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1. Where may I find more information concerning the Baker Act?
2. Where may I find more information concerning the Marchman Act?
3. Where may I find more information concerning the Adult Protective Services?

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1. What should I do if I am arrested?
2. How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
3. When is my next court date?
4. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
5. How do I know when a trial is scheduled for public viewing?
6. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
9. What happens to the evidence submitted in my case? How do I get it back?
10. How do I have my civil rights restored?
11. How can I have my criminal case sealed or expunged?
12. How can I seek return of a cash bond after it has been forfeited or estreated by the Court for failure of the defendant to appear in court?
13. How do I have my civil rights restored?

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1. What should I do if I am arrested?
2. How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
3. When is my next court date?
4. What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
5. How do I know when a trial is scheduled for public viewing?
6. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. How do I get my bond money back now that my case has been disposed?
9. What happens to the evidence submitted in my case? How do I get it back?

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1. How do I find out the name of the owner of a piece of property?
2. I cannot find my deed to my house! What do I do?
3. How do I change a name on a deed?
4. How much money will it cost me to record my deed?
5. I got a divorce. How do I get my ex-spouse's name off of my deed?
6. Can I fax my deed for recording?
7. My spouse died. How do I get their name off of my deed?
8. Can I mark out the cause of death on the death certificate?
9. How can I determine how much someone paid for a piece of property?

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1. How much are parking tickets?
2. How long do I have to pay my parking ticket?
3. What happens if my parking ticket is not paid timely?
4. What are my options if I am issued a parking ticket?
5. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, restitution, and other costs?
6. What forms of payment do you accept?
7. Do you accept payments via telephone?
8. What if I cannot pay my parking ticket within 7 calendar days?
9. Who do I contact if my citation/case has been turned over to the collection agency?
10. What is a D-6 clearance?

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1. What types of cases are covered?
2. Is there a time limit for entering into a payment plan?
3. What is the minimum monthly payment amount?
4. What if my driver’s license has been suspended for failure to pay court costs/fines?
5. How much does it cost to enter into a payment plan?
6. I have multiple cases. Can I enter into a payment plan for all of my cases?
7. How does a stacked payment plan work?
8. What happens if I do not make the scheduled payments?
9. What if I cannot make my scheduled payment?
10. What do I need to do to enter a payment plan?
11. When will my first payment be due?
12. What if I live out of town? Can I mail my application?

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1. What is a will? When and where should it be filed?
2. Do you need an attorney to deposit a will?
3. What different types of proceedings can be filed depending on the size of the estate?
4. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?
5. What happens if there is a will filed but no personal representative has been named?
6. How are probate proceedings initiated?
7. What type of paperwork must accompany the form for filing a disposition of personal property without administration?
8. What happens after this information is filed with the Clerk?
9. How can I see or obtain a copy of a will?

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1. If someone is holding some of my property and will not release it to me, what can I do?
2. What do I need to file a replevin?
3. How much does it cost to file a replevin?
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
5. What happens once I file the replevin?
6. What happens at the hearing?
7. What happens if the Judge orders that my property can be returned to me?

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1. What is the Tourist Development Tax (TDT)?
2. By what authority are these guidelines issued?
3. Who pays this Tourist Development Tax?
4. Who collects this tax?
5. What is taxable?
6. How do I file my taxes?
7. How often are these taxes remitted?
8. What do you receive for collecting this tax?
9. What is the role of property managers?
10. How do I periodically update my Property Manager's List (PML)?
11. When are rental exempt from tourist tax?
12. What is the penalty for a return filed late?
13. What happens if my check is returned NSF (Non-sufficient Funds)?
14. Are TDT Tax Returns subject to an audit and if so, what records are required?
15. I own property located in Navarre Beach that I occasionally rent on a short-term basis. Who do I pay taxes to?
16. When is my TDT return due?
17. Am I required to remit returns even though I may not rent my beach house for the winter months?
18. I sometimes rent my condo for a couple of weeks out of the year. Because it is a condo and not a house I do not have to collect and remit taxes do I?
19. Can the homestead exemption be claimed?
20. If I rent a motel room to my customer for longer than three months I no longer am required to remit this tax right?
21. What can I claim as an exemption on my TDT return?
22. How much can I claim on the collection allowance?
23. If I have an agent handling my short-term rentals do both the agent and I have to remit returns?
24. I previously owned a bed and breakfast in another county, but I was able to remit all taxes directly to the State. Why do I have to remit some taxes to Escambia County?
25. What are the tax funds used for?
26. How much do I need to collect in taxes for both the Sales Tax and the TDT?
27. Why does Escambia County require that I give them my bank name and account information?
28. Are cleaning fees taxable?
29. Are my tax records confidential?
30. What records are required and how long should they be kept?
31. What is the procedure for an audit of my rental records?
32. Where will the audit occur?

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1. How long do I have to pay my traffic citation?
2. What if I cannot pay my citation within 30 calendar days?
3. How do I figure out what I owe on my ticket?
4. What can you tell me about points assessed on my license?
5. How do I know if my Florida Driver's License is valid?
6. How can I obtain a copy of my driving record?
7. What are the benefits of attending a Basic Driver Improvement Course?
8. What if I receive a ticket outside of Escambia County?
9. How many times can I elect to attend the Basic Driver Improvement Course?
10. If I choose to attend a driver improvement course and do not attend, does this count as one of the 5 times I am allowed to choose this option?
11. Do I have to pay to attend a driver improvement course?
12. Can the Clerk's Office reinstate my license?
13. Where do I pay parking tickets received within the Pensacola city limits?
14. What forms of payment do you accept?
15. Where can I pay my court fines, fees, and other costs?