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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Tripp Scott Tax Team Raises Flag On Proposed Tax Law Changes

The United States House Ways and Means Committee recently released a proposed legislative bill that would make substantial changes to current tax law that will significantly affect corporations, partnerships, and high-income individuals. The newly proposed tax legislation is part of the larger budget reconciliation bill that is actively being considered by Congress. If the bill is passed, two key changes to current tax law would become effective retroactively to September 13, 2021, with the vast remainder of changes becoming effective as of January 1, 2022, or upon passage of the bill.

Tripp Scott's Ed Pozzuoli Named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., October 13, 2021 – Tripp Scott today announced that Ed Pozzuoli, CEO of Tripp Scott, was named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500.

An Unconditional and Irrevocable Personal Guaranty Not Always the Case When a Bankruptcy Court Is Involved

On Aug. 19, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued a decision that serves as a warning and a reminder for business and individuals alike who obtain personal guarantees as part of their business dealings. Indeed, an unconditional, absolute and irrevocable personal guaranty may not be so after all.

 

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