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5 Questions and Answers About Probate

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By: Yvette Rodriguez Brown, Esq., Partner 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

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

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By Daniel F. Mantzaris, Esq. 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

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 of

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

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

Are You Prepared for this Year’s Hurricane Season?

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By Kent A. Showalter III, Esq. 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

Is Privacy Obsolete in Modern Litigation?

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By Bart R. Valdes, Esq. (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

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

A Few Things You Probably Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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By Richard A. Tanner, Esq. ‘Tis the time to be Irish whether you are a Lopez, Viscontini, Ilkavich, or Flannigan! March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day of Honor and celebrated universally as a “national” party to gather with friends and family, without any overly religious overtones. Perhaps being over 50% Irish was my genesis for this

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DSK Law Raises Money for Victims in Need

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Judy Ellis, DSK Law’s Human Resource Director (pictured here) presented DSK Law’s donations to Megg Murphy, Development Coordinator of the Victim Service Center of Orlando, Florida. DSK Law employees donated money, flip flops, clothes and toiletries for victims of sexual abuse in our community. “During their time at our forensic exam location, our dedicated team

David Simmons Presented with Award from the Ninth Circuit Court of Florida

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Founding Partner David Simmons was presented with an award by Chief Judge Lauten and Chief Judge-Elect Myers in honor of his leadership and support of the Ninth Circuit and the judicial branch. We are so proud of David’s involvement in the community and his willingness to always help and mentor others.

DSK Law Encourages Future Lawyers at FAMU’s Careers in the Law Event

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Partner Lindsay Greene and Associate Attorney Andrew Ballentine represented DSK Law at the inaugural Careers in the Law event put on by Florida’s Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law. This event was a huge success with more than 70 lawyers or legal representatives from a wide-range of legal disciplines participating and sharing their expertise

DSK Law at the 25th Annual IOA Corporate 5k!

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DSK Law participated in the 25th Annual Corporate 5k in Downtown Orlando. This is DSK Law’s fifth year in a row running in this event. Partners Hugo de Beaubien, Kevin Knight, Deborah Mitchell and 28 other attorneys and staff members were amongst the 18,000 runners from over 700 companies and non-profit organizations, including 200+ CEOs.

Hollie Craft Wins LegalShield Administrator of the Year!

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At this year’s Annual LegalShield International Convention held in Dallas, our very own Hollie Craft received the Provider Law Firm Administrator of the Year Award! Hollie was selected from over fifty-five candidates serving firms in the US and Canada.  This is a tremendous recognition for a job well done! Congratulations to Hollie!  We are both

DSK Law at OCBA Law Day 5k!

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Partner Deborah Mitchell represented DSK Law at the Orange County Bar Association’s Law Day 5k Run & Walk with the scenic race course running around beautiful Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando, Florida. All proceeds raised benefit the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., and the Orange County Bar Association Foundation, Inc. The

DSK Law Volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!

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Over 40 DSK Law attorneys and staff members volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on April 18, 2019.  Traditionally, DSK Law volunteers on Good Friday and we look forward to it every year. DSK Law was split into 2 teams: one team sorted 10,432 lbs. of frozen meat; and the other

Orlando Business Journal Announces DSK Law as Top 10 Largest Law Firms in Central Florida!

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Out of 58 law firms in Central Florida, DSK Law has been selected as number 10! We are still celebrating the opening of our fourth office in Melbourne, Florida that opened its doors at the end of 2018. As we continue to grow, thank you for entrusting us to serve you throughout Florida.

DSK Law Exhibit at the 2019 Seminole Business Expo

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Partner Lindsay Greene (pictured center) of DSK Law’s Orlando office represented the firm at this year’s Seminole Business Expo held in Lake Mary, Florida. Judy Ellis (right), DSK Law’s HR Director, and Mimi Gonzalez (left), DSK Law’s Marketing Coordinator, joined Lindsay to share DSK Law’s breadth of professional services with attendees. The Seminole Business Expo

Brett Miller Elected to the Board of Directors for the Brevard Achievement Center

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Brett Miller of DSK Law’s Melbourne office was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Brevard Achievement Center (“BAC”), where he also serves on the Governance Committee. The BAC is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to provide persons with disabilities innovative services and opportunities to achieve personal success.  By forging key partnerships

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