A Bit of Legal Humor

Sometimes a lawyer just does something that catches us by surprise.  Such is a recent letter sent by N.J. attorney  Stephen B. Kaplitt in a pro bono capacity for a client that received a Cease and Desist communication from the township where the client lived.  It is highbrow humor but the meaning is certainly the shining beacon at the center of this attorney’s letter to the Township of West Orange, NJ.

A Cease and Desist communication is relatively common in business and typically serves as a request to a person or company to halt a particular action or activity and also to not resume doing that action again in the future.  A cease and desist letter can be sent by an individual or a corporation.

Many times this type of letter is used in the process of protecting (or attempting to protect) a trademark, a service mark, or other intangible asset.   You may also see this type of communication used in landlord/tenant situations or issues between neighbors.  There are some common general forms available online but before you use a generic form be sure the form you plan to use has the proper and necessary wording for your situation.

If you ever receive such a communication or think you need to send one, call me (321-631-0506) or email.  Initial consultations are always provided at no charge.

Cocoa Village Mardi Gras Time is Here Again

… And Legal Eagles is entering a float in the parade this year.  You’ll have to attend the event to see what the float is all about but so far there is a House and  Jail Cell being built for the float.  I’ve heard a rumor that there may be a “convict” in the jail cell but I can’t confirm or deny the identity of that potential convict.

Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village is February 9-10 and the parade is on Feb. 9th starting around 9pm.  The floats will circle Cocoa Village twice and everyone attending is sure to leave with as many beads as they can carry!

For more information on the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras weekend festivities (including Kiddie events and Paws in the Park) visit the main website of the celebration.

Cocoa Village Mardi Gras Parade with Ken Rhoden

Ken Rhoden and his crew are going to be IN the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 25th at 8pm.  Riders will be tossing beads and Mardi Gras coins out to the crowd along the route through beautiful Cocoa Village.  Schedule of events for the evening can be found on the official website.   But the weekend is chock full of fun activities for all the members of your family – including the dogs!

Thanks to the overall sponsors:  City of CocoaBrighthouse Networks, and Cocoa Hyundai.

Here is a brief list of events, reposted from the official Cocoa Village Mardi Gras website:

February 24-26, 2012

A True New Orleans Celebration right here in Cocoa Village

Family Gras: Friday, February 24, 2012

Riverfront Park, 5-9pm

  • Sponsored by TD Bank
  • Live Mardi Gras style entertainment for the whole family

Cocoa Village Mardi Gras: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cocoa Village, 5pm-12am

  • Entry is $8.00 in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for children 12 and under; $12.00 for adults the day of the event and $8.00 for children 12 and under the day of the event
  • Headliner is Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton
  • Fantastic authentic Mardi Gras style entertainment on two stages
  • Roaming entertainment
  • Central Florida News 13 parade of floats begins at 8pm with thousands of beads to catch
  • Authentic Cajun style food and New Orleans atmosphere

Mardi Gras Paws in the Park: Sunday, February 26, 2012

Riverfront Park, 12-3pm

Cocoa Village Memorial Day

Ken Rhoden’s first public appearance since announcing his candidacy for the Office of Public Defender in May 2011 was at the Cocoa Memorial Day Celebration at Riverfront Park.  There were several dignitaries in attendance including Senator Mike Haridopolis, Cocoa Mayor Michael C. Blake, BCC’s Associate Provost LeRoy Darby sang the National Anthem, and the guest speaker was Cpl. Robert Smith, USMC, a Cocoa High graduate.


View the Florida Today photo gallery of photos to see more great action from the day’s events.