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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,

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

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

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

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

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

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,

The Legal Meaning of Marriage: 12 Benefits Same-Sex Married Couples Now Receive

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By Lindsay N. Greene, Esq. and Ruben Laboy, Jr., Esq. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marriage. As reported in The New York Times, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy defined marriage as a “keystone of

Taking the Deposition of an Entity Representative or Custodian of Records and Seeking Electronically Stored Information

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq. on behalf of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar The use of multiple electronic devices, as well as automated systems, and integrated technology, is commonplace in today’s world.  Almost everything that we do in our day-to-day routines generates some kind of data, whether

Requests For Production Instructions And Definitions: How To Make Them Work For You

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq., on behalf of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar In the ever-changing world of technology, the legal profession can be slow to adapt.  Within the past decade, the introduction and widespread adoption of social media use by individuals and corporations, as well as

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CONGRATULATIONS to our Partner Deborah Mitchell, chosen for her exemplary military accomplishments as well as her impact on Central Florida’s legal community.

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Bart R. Valdes Appointed Co-Chair of the Business Law Section COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force

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Our Partner, Bart Valdes has been named as the Co-Chair of the Business Law Section COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force.  The Task Force is comprised of lawyers and judges across the State of Florida.  The mission of the Task Force is to provide education and resources to lawyers and businesses to assist in dealing with

Hugo H. de Beaubien Presented with Stetson Law School’s Outstanding Alumni Representative Award

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Hugo H. de Beaubien, founding Partner of DSK Law, was presented with Stetson Law School’s Outstanding Alumni Representative Award.  Hugo’s commitment and participation efforts on behalf of Stetson Law have been instrumental in growing Stetson’s Alumni Association.

David H. Simmons Recognized by Fellow Senators

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David H. Simmons, Senator for Florida’s Ninth District and President Pro Tempore of Florida Senate, was honored and recognized by his fellow Senators for his many years of committed service in the Florida Senate. David has served in the Florida Senate since 2010.  Prior to that, David served in the Florida’s House of Representatives from

Tampa Office Celebrates 15 Years of Service!

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Bart Valdes Recognized in Latino Leaders Magazine 2019 – Top Latino Lawyers

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Congratulations to Bart Valdes for being selected to appear in Latino Leaders Magazine 2019 – Top Latino Lawyers!  Bart was nominated by the Advancement Committee of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association based on his success in his area of expertise, as well as his professional activities outside the courtroom and community involvement in the Tampa

DSK Law Sponsors OCBA Legal Aid Society Breakfast of Champions

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DSK Law was a proud sponsor of this year’s Breakfast of Champions by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. Several attorneys were in attendance including Brandon Sapp (pictured here), Ryan Wisneski, Connor Kelly and Brandon Bornstein.

Happy Holidays from DSK Law!

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As we reflect on the past year, we wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year!

Fun Fact Friday: David Simmons’ Favorite United States President

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Can you guess which United States President is framed in David Simmons’ office? Abraham Lincoln! When asked “Why is Abraham Lincoln your favorite President?” David replied, “Abraham Lincoln stood for the finest ideals upon which our Nation is based: that all men and women are endowed with the inalienable right to equal opportunity to achieve

DSK Law’s Attorney Peter Garcia Presents at NBI Seminar in Jacksonville, Florida

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Peter Garcia, an attorney in DSK Law’s Orlando office, recently presented at the National Business Institute (NBI, Inc.) seminar, “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit,” in Jacksonville, Florida. Peter covered topics on ESI/Social Media and evidence blocking (pre & post trial).  

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