Jan. 24, 2017

Lawyer Up: As Retail Bankruptcies Increase, Creditors Must Be Vigilant

By Charles M. Tatelbaum

Virtually no attention has been paid to what will soon be a big problem

While much has been written about the future of brick-and-mortar retailing as a result of the large number of retail bankruptcies during 2016 and even during the first weeks of 2017, virtually no attention has been paid to what will be a significant problem for creditors of those retailers that have sought bankruptcy court protection—even if some of the retail locations remain open.

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Dec. 1, 2016

South Florida Real Estate Fraud

By Richard L. Petrovich

Real estate fraud can happen to anyone.  Institutional lenders are victims.  Private mortgage lenders are victims. Small businesses and individuals are victims. Through this blog, we attempt to locate articles and press releases and identify the various mechanics and schemes fraudsters use to commit mortgage fraud.

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Nov. 16, 2016

Friendly Reminder: New Overtime Rules Take Effect December 1

By Catalina M. Avalos

Catalina M. Avalos & Megan L. Janes

If you are not paying your administrative, professional, or executive employees at least $913 per week (the equivalent of $47,476 per year), you may have to pay those employees overtime if they work more than forty hours per week, effective December 1, 2016. Why? The Department of Labor is increasing the minimum salary threshold for the overtime exemption for such employees from the current requirement of at least $455 per week.

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Oct. 11, 2016

The Significance of the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission

The upcoming Constitution Revision Commission will impact the lives of a significant number of Florida’s citizens. The Commission has the power to propose changes to the Florida Constitution, which then must be ratified by the voters of the State. The procedures of the Constitution Revision Commission, as well as different ways citizens can get involved, are described below. Because of the significant potential impact of constitutional amendments, careful focus needs to be put on the process.

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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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Tuesday, February 28, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Timpano’s Italian Chophouse 

Lawyer Up: As Retail Bankruptcies Increase, Creditors Must Be Vigilant

Virtually no attention has been paid to what will soon be a big problem

While much has been written about the future of brick-and-mortar retailing as a result of the large number of retail bankruptcies during 2016 and even during the first weeks of 2017, virtually no attention has been paid to what will be a significant problem for creditors of those retailers that have sought bankruptcy court protection—even if some of the retail locations remain open.

Sen. Chris Smith Joins Tripp Scott

Tripp Scott is pleased to announce that Sen. Chris Smith has joined the firm’s land use team.  Sen. Smith is a leader in Florida politics, having served in both chambers of the Florida Legislature, on issues of election and criminal justice reform, insurance regulation and civil justice.

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