Alachua County, Florida lawyer needed to help with in-state tuition problems. Recommendations?
About to enroll in graduate school for the Spring semester and my claim for in-state residency is currently undetermined after my acceptance. Before I hand over the documents they've requested, I'd like to speak to an attorney to get a proper interpretation of the law so I don't screw myself out of tens of thousands of dollars.
The crux of the problem revolves around Section 1009.21
F.S., which I don't trust my interpretation of. Without going into too much detail, in order to meet the 12 month requirement, I'm trying to use an employment offer dated before 1/7/12, which is 365 days before start of the term. My FL legal documents (license, voter reg) are too new to stand on their own. I also will have 12 utility payments and lease payments by the time the term starts, which are qualifying documents but not on their own. I have at this point wiped legal ties to my old state.
Of course, this was not planned very well because my initial purpose for coming to Florida was not incident to education at all. (I suppose if I had come here with the intention of going to school at the beginning I'd fail that criteria.)
I'd like to ask a lawyer to advise which forms of documentation meet the relevant categories and to draft responses and possibly litigate a reclassification if needed. (Given the tuition differential, I'm willing to pay.) Since I'm not sure what kind of lawyer would deal with this, I'm asking the hivemind!