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Hurricane Preparedness 2018

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Due to storms and hurricanes that have historically impacted Florida, DSK Law has had the opportunity to assist many individuals and small businesses with legal issues related to the after effects of storm damage.  In past consultations with our clients, we have identified certain frequently asked questions or concerns as indicated below which may be helpful to you following a hurricane. Question:   How can I register for FEMA assistance? Answer:  You can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA… Read More »

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Attorney Spotlight: Meet Norman W. Nash

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Norm Nash has been practicing law for over twenty-nine years. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, contracts, corporate and business transactions, and probate. Norm has advised CEOs, directors, management and line personnel on a broad spectrum of issues including real estate transactions, property leasing and development, corporate matters, business transactions, regulatory matters and licensing. He has guided numerous people through the probate process, which is often a difficult time because a loved one has passed away. Professional affiliations have… Read More »

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5 Questions and Answers About Probate

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  My spouse/parent/sibling just passed away, what do I need to do?  In the State of Florida, the court-supervised process to determine the deceased person’s assets, take care of their debts and make any distribution to beneficiaries is called “Probate.”  Generally, if retirement accounts (such as IRAs or 401(k)s and life insurance policies list a beneficiary, they do not go through the Probate process.  Property held in a living trust or funds in a payable-on-death (POD) bank account also transfer without… Read More »

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Avoiding Problems When Renting A Vacation Home – Tips For The Owner And The Renter

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As the summer vacation season approaches, now is the time to plan.  Private short-term vacation home rentals and home-sharing arrangements are the rage and provide an opportunity for vacationers to reduce their traditional vacation costs by obtaining cost-effective non-traditional vacation accommodations.   Additionally, property owners can use their homes to generate income.  Therefore, if the arrangement is handled appropriately with full disclosure and documentation, it can be the quintessential “win-win”.  The key, however, is to make sure that both parties avoid… Read More »

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Sexual Harassment In The Era Of #MeToo What Is An Employer To Do?

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Allegations of sexual harassment have over taken all forms of news and social media in the last several months, sparking what has been referred to as the “#MeToo” movement. In light of the avalanche of sexual harassment claims and lawsuits, many employers are, rightfully, overwhelmed. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting clams of discrimination, it has received an additional 27,000 sexual harassment claims last year. If history offers any lesson, the… Read More »

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Q&A with Hugo de Beaubien

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How was DSK Law founded in 1976? “DSK Law was founded in 1976 when former Partner Tom Drage and I started a Firm in downtown Orlando – that was formerly the Firm of a sole practitioner who became a Judge.”   What are you most proud of? “I am proud of our growth into one of the ten largest law firms in Central Florida and the collegial workplace atmosphere we all share.”   How do you feel about the Firm… Read More »

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David Simmons: A Letter To My Former Self

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In a few weeks, I will have the honor of giving the commencement address to one of the graduating classes of the University of Central Florida.  As a Florida State Senator who has had the opportunity to be a big part of the success of Florida and the growth of UCF in the past 17 years, I will be challenging these graduates, and seeking to inspire them to reach the full extent of their potential. I will be talking to… Read More »

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Don’t Let The Mailbox Rule Box You Out

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Amber Ashton, Special Counsel in the Firm’s Tampa Office, has published another article for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (“RPPTL”) of the Florida Bar’s quarterly magazine, ActionLine. As part of her fellowship with the RPPTL, Amber’s article “Don’t Let The Mailbox Rule Box You Out” outlines practice pointers for other attorneys regarding the application of Rule 2.514, of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, in motion practice. You can read the entire article below. “Don’t Let The… Read More »

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Are You Prepared for this Year’s Hurricane Season?

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Due to storms and hurricanes that have historically impacted Florida, DSK Law has had the opportunity to assist many individuals and small businesses with legal issues related to the after effects of storm damage.  In past consultations with our clients, we have identified certain frequently asked questions or concerns as indicated below which may be helpful to you following Hurricane Irma. Question:   How can I register for FEMA assistance? Answer:  You can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA Hotline at… Read More »

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Is Privacy Obsolete in Modern Litigation?

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(Mr. Valdes is a Partner in the Firm’s Tampa Office and is the Chairman of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar) Within the past decade, the introduction and widespread adoption of social media use by individuals and corporations, as well as the use of tablets, smartphones, cloud storage, and other new technologies, has dramatically expanded the number and types of available sources of electronically stored information (“ESI”).  ESI is everywhere… Read More »

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