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Oct  11,  2016
By M. Bounacos

The Attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. invite all community members to attend its annual Great Pumpkin Give Away on Saturday, October 22nd at the Clearwater office, (250 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The firm welcomes clients, local residents and friends to celebrate the Halloween holiday with refreshments and a free pumpkin.

This is a fun excuse to socialize with our clients in the Tampa Bay Community and thank them for the past 45 years of trust and support.


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Posted in Announcements|Community|News and Media
Oct  10,  2016
By M. Bounacos
Terri Cromley, the managing partner of our Bradenton office, attended a special dinner on September 29, 2016, and volunteered at Tournament FORE Dreams, a golf tournament on September 30, 2016.  Both events were for the benefit the Foundation for Dreams, Dream Oaks Camp.  Dream Oaks Camp is a nonprofit organization which provides therapeutic camping programs for children between the ages of 7 to 17 with special needs and chronic/terminal illnesses. 

Dream Oaks Camp provides year round residential and day sessions for children with varying ability levels (both physical and developmental) and chronic/terminal medical conditions including: (but not limited to) autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and cancer patients. Their goals are to provide a special place for children and give them the opportunity to bond with others, build steps toward a greater self confidence, as well as strengthen activities of daily living and life skills, while providing respite services to parents and/or caregivers. Terri is very excited to support this amazing camp.  

She said "I have never met a group of people more passionate about their charity than the administrators, board members and counselors associated with this group.  They are amazing people who are committed to these children and their families".  She will be chairing a fundraiser for the Manatee Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers next year to benefit them.  

If you know a child who would benefit from this camp or for more info, go to
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Posted in Community|News and Media
Sep  01,  2016

Kevin Hayslett, of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., will be giving a free seminar on Monday, September 19th, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Ministry Center, located at 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. 

The subject of this seminar will be the rights of our citizens in Florida regarding gun safety, and what you can do if you find you have a legal need for.

Following the seminar, Kevin Hayslett will remain for a Question and Answer session.

Tags: carlson, meissner, hart, hayslett, gun safety, gun rights, free seminar, kevin hayslett
Posted in Announcements|Criminal Defense|News and Media
Aug  31,  2016

Drivers with a suspended license will have an opportunity to get their license reinstated on September 9th in Manatee County.

Jason Reid, an attorney with the Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., in the Bradenton, Florida office will be at the Courthouse, in Courtroom 2A on September 9th between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. to assist the clerk’s office with Driver’s License Reinstatement Day. Approximately 1,000 people have already applied for this program. They are accepting many of the applications, however, the rest were told that local attorneys would be present to give them some advice about steps they need to take to go about getting their licenses reinstated.


This will be the very first Driver’s License Reinstatement Day in Manatee County. Individuals with Manatee County tickets resulting in suspended license for failure to pay, or traffic citations in collections status are eligible.


“There are so many people that can’t get jobs because driver license situation,” said Commissioner Charles Smith, who helped organize the event. “It gives someone that may have had license suspended for years the opportunity to get reinstated. We will have opportunity for individuals to do everything at the same time,” as stated in the Bradenton Herald.



Tags: carlson, meissner, hart, hayslett, drivers license, reinstatement, manatee county, jason reid
Posted in Announcements|Community|News and Media
Aug  22,  2016
As Labor Day is historically one of the most frequent times of the year for motor vehicle accidents across the country, we would like to remind our clients and friends to drive carefully.

Driving defensively and understanding the particular risks can dramatically sharpen one’s ability so you can navigate dangerous situations due to the influx of inexperienced teen drivers, distracted tourists and holiday participants. 

There are too many residents who need a personal injury attorney directly after the Labor Day holiday each year. By educating the public about the risks involved and how to avoid them, I am hopeful for fewer injured Tampa Bay area residents this September.

Teen drivers are one main cause of accidents because of their lack of experience, limited knowledge of driving, potential poor judgment and peer pressure. Drivers between 15 and 20 account for more auto fatalities than any other age group, and property damage on the road increases dramatically with a teen behind the wheel. Another high risk is distracted driving by holiday participants, tourists and people who text while driving. One report estimated that more than 10 percent of drivers involved in crashes resulting in loss of life were distracted at the time of the incident.

In order to protect yourself and passengers in the vehicle, you should drive at slower speeds, be aware of your surroundings, wear a seat belt and give yourself extra time for traffic delays. If faced with a dangerous situation, stay calm and react with swift thinking and sharp reflexes. 

The most important mistake to avoid post-accident is not referencing an experienced attorney to keep protected from any legal harm of the other party and their insurance company. 
Tags: carlson, meissner, hart, hayslett, personal injury, automobile accidents, labor day
Posted in Announcements|Personal Injury
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