Dec. 3, 2020

Businesses and Partnerships: Your Rights in Protecting Your Interests for the Possibility of a Dispute

As a litigator, I have always advised businesspeople that it is far less expensive to structure your business and personal planning proactively in anticipation of the worst, much like purchasing insurance, than simply hoping for the best.

There is an old saying that I refer to with clients: “It is better to be proactive than reactive.” The message encapsulates one of the most important concerns for all businessmen and -women: balancing short-term needs and long-term concerns with decision-making. A lawyer giving advice to a business person will do well by their client in recommending such an approach to business planning and structuring. As a litigator, I have always advised businesspeople that it is far less expensive to structure your business and personal planning proactively in anticipation of the worst, much like purchasing insurance, than simply hoping for the best. This article will discuss options for being proactive in your business planning as well as your rights in the event that a dispute with one of your partners may lead to the need to dissolve your business.

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Nov. 4, 2020

A Changing Tide in the Bankruptcy Discharge of Certain Student Loan Debt

As Published in THE DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW

On Aug. 31, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued its opinion in In re McDaniel, Case No. 18-1445, representing a significant departure from the generalized belief that student loan debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, and which, if followed by other circuit courts, could have a dramatic impact on bankruptcy law and its current practice.

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Oct. 6, 2020

Workplace Policy Check-Up Prepares for the ‘New Normal'

A Special Report by Tripp Scott's Catalina Avalos as published in Florida Trend

Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies still struggle to manage the workplace and personnel realities they face. From remote work policies; to how, when, and whether workers should come back to the office; to how technology is deployed and used, a quick check-up of practices and policies can help ensure the office reflects the new reality.

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Sep. 10, 2020

Judge: School Districts Must Assign Safe-School Officers to Charter Schools

As published in the Daily Business Review

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, many charter public schools faced extreme difficulty in hiring qualified safe-school officers for their campuses. In Broward County, the school board took the extraordinary step of immediately revoking the charter of Championship Academy of Distinction at Davie and taking over the school after a safe-school officer was not present on campus during the first two days of class.

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Sep. 1, 2020

The Current State of Evictions in Florida

As published in the Daily Business Review

The federal moratorium regarding evictions ended on July 24. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his latest Executive Order #20-180 on July 29 titled “Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief.” The current order extended the governor’s previous executive order (#20-94) to Sept. 1. Now, exactly how does this current order impact pending and new eviction actions throughout the state of Florida, at least until we reach Sept. 1? The answer to this question is, it depends. 

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Sen. Marco Rubio Appoints Tripp Scott's Ed Pozzuoli to the Southern District Judicial Advisory Commission (JAC)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 30, 2021 – Tripp Scott today announced that Ed Pozzuoli, CEO of Tripp Scott, was appointed by Sen. Marco Rubio to the Southern District Judicial Advisory Commission (JAC) for the 117th Congress.

PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS INTO LAW A COVID-19 BANKRUPTCY EXTENSION ACT

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the "COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act" which, among other things, extends provisions providing financially distressed consumers and small businesses an expeditious and economical procedure for bankruptcy relief.

Legal Creativity Helps Overcome Business Obstacles

As Published in Florida Trend

Earlier this year, a client was scheduled to close on a commercial condominium they were selling. Certain documents had been sent to recording in order to allow the closing to take place; the buyer insisted that they could be viewed on the public records before he would close. Time was tight and events were not in our client’s favor. The coronavirus had reduced the recording office's staff, making it impossible to know when the documents would be viewable online.

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