Sep. 6, 2016

ASSET PROTECTION PLANNING HAS SUFFERED A SIGNIFICANT SETBACK CREATING A MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR CREDITORS

By Charles M. Tatelbaum

A recent decision and opinion by Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Mark of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida has created a potential nightmare and morass for those who seek to use asset protection vehicles as part of an overall estate plan or independently, and, at the same time, has created a new opportunity for creditors seeking to recover unpaid debts.

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Sep. 1, 2016

Kristopher Aungst Elected to Branches’ Board of Directors

Tripp Scott today announced that Kristopher Aungst, a director with the law firm, has been elected to the board of directors of Branches. 

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Apr. 18, 2016

Striking Back Against Securities Fraud: Considerations in Choosing Your Legal Causes of Action

After Ponzi schemes gained national attention from the exposure of Bernie Madoff’s decades-long conspiracy, securities fraud has become a term that nearly everyone is familiar with today.  Providing local flavor, Scott Rothstein’s investment fraud again brought the concern to the door-steps of Floridians.  With the Internet providing an ever more critical “tool of the trade,” fraudulent conspiracies such as “pump-and-dump” schemes are a regular danger to Florida investors.  While the fraudsters behind these schemes face criminal repercussions, the federal anti-fraud statutes, and often state equivalent “blue-sky laws,” provide independent civil causes of action available to victims.  The Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act (“FSIPA”) is particularly noteworthy in our state, and understanding the distinctions between the causes of actions afforded under FSIPA and its federal counterparts is essential for victims as well as attorneys practicing in this area.

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Apr. 18, 2016

The Technicalities of Creditor Claim Deadlines in Florida Probate Estates

By Jeffrey Fauer

Creditor claims are a common source of litigation in probate estates.   Whether large or small, almost every probate estate has a creditor that files a claim.  Creditor claims are typically based on the debts of the decedent that arose prior to death, and can range anywhere from a claim by American Express for unpaid credit card bills, to a claim by a former business partner for payment of principal and interest on a multi-million dollar promissory note.

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Apr. 4, 2016

Florida Enacts Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Florida Enacts Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act 

For those that can’t go a day without posting a political jab on Facebook, posting a photo on Instagram, tweeting a Tweet on Twitter (sounds like a line from a Dr. Seuss book), you may have wondered what happens to those accounts when you die.  Well, for Florida residents, we have some clarity.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Scott signed into law Senate Bill No. 494 which creates Chapter 704 of the Florida Statutes entitled the “Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act” (the “Act”).  The bill was sponsored by Sen. Hukill. 

The Act is the States’ adaptation of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act and aims to provide “fiduciaries” legal authority to manage digital assets on behalf of others and provides “custodians” legal authority to interact with fiduciaries to disclose digital assets in the manner requested by “users”.

This post summarizes some of the main points of the Act.

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The Florida Supreme Court Expands Rights of Biological Parents

 An op-ed by Tripp Scott's Douglas Reynolds and Henny Shomar. As published in the DBR.

Connor Perkins knew he was the father. He was there when his girlfriend Treneka Simmonds gave birth to their child in February 2013. He took the child to doctor’s appointments, enrolled the child in daycare, voluntarily paid child support and was referred to as “daddy” by the child. Perkins claimed that he was not aware that the mother was in an intact marriage, which resulted in him being denied parental rights with the child by the Broward Circuit Court.

Deeper Roots, Expanded Reach

The law firm of May, Meacham & Davell PA has moved six attorneys and staff to join the Tripp Scott team.

A merger was not on the radar for either firm. Tripp Scott has focused on organic growth by adding one attorney at a time. May, Meacham & Davell (MMDPA) had declined offers before.

 

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