The dentist office that I’m going to has lost my contract and now is refusing treatment they refused to give me written forms stating so I would like to know if I’m able to record the conversation so I have some proof of what’s going on
Federal law permits recording telephone calls and in-person conversations with the consent of at least one of the parties. See 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(d). This is called a "one-party consent" law. Under a one-party consent law, you can record a phone call or conversation so long as you are a party to the conversation. Where you do your recording, and what you record, will largely dictate what legal limitations apply to your recording activities. It may also be the case (in fact, it is quite likely) that more than one set of laws or limitations might apply to your use of recording equipment.
Since you anticipate taking audio of people engaged in private activities in places where they reasonably expect to be private, various privacy laws could subject you to liability in this context, so you should proceed with caution if you will be recording private activities.
I have also moved your question from "Health care" to "General practice."
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and with all due respect to my colleague, the post above is why one can NEVER, rely on internet blurbs as a substitute for properly retaining a lawyer anytime you intend to do something controversial or out of bounds. Florida is a dual consent state an recording another conversation without their knowledge and permission is generally a criminal act under Fla. Stat. 934.
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