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Remote Employees’ Access to Servers Strengthens Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements

Published: December 12th, 2018

Thomas P. Wert

Remote Employees’ Access to Servers Strengthens Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements It is a rare business that doesn’t have at least a few employees working remotely, often in another state or even across the globe. But when a telecommuting relationship sours and ends up in court, where can the lawsuit be filed – in the company’s […]

Dean Mead Joins Community Vision to Celebrate with a Holiday Classic

Published: December 11th, 2018

Anna H. Long

Community Vision celebrated the holidays with their supporters during a showing of Miracle on 34th Street at Osceola Arts on November 29. Along with the presentation of the must-see holiday classic, there was a festive reception and a silent auction to support the organization and its mission. The celebration was a great way to get […]

Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 5th, 2018

Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019 The Florida Legislature has, again, reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Local option (county) surtax rates, however, are not affected. While the reduced state tax rate applies to commercial rental […]

i4 Business Honors Karen Keene as Social Entrepreneur Business Leader of the Year

Published: December 5th, 2018

Karen Keene, director of marketing at Dean Mead, has been chosen by i4 Business as one of its 2018 Business Leaders of the Year. Keene receives the distinction of Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her years of contribution to ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership. She also serves as the group’s president. About her commitment to […]

Florida Supreme Court Limits Exclusion of Expert Witnesses

Published: November 30th, 2018

Michael J. Furbush

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony is expected to benefit plaintiffs and put more disputed science in front of juries. Florida’s high court has rebuked the Legislature’s attempt to level the playing field by subjecting expert witnesses to additional scrutiny before their testimony can be presented to juries. […]

USCIS Clarifies L-1 Foreign Employment Requirement

Dean Mead Attorney Chad Rubin
Published: November 30th, 2018

Chad I. Rubin

One of the most unclear issues faced by individuals seeking the L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa is the one-year foreign employment requirement prior to applying for the L-1 Visa. According to 8 CFR 214.2(l)(1)(ii)(A), intracompany transferee is one “who, within three years preceding the time of his or her application for admission into the United States, […]

How Amendment 6 Will Impact Florida Tax Law

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: November 29th, 2018

H. French Brown, IV Robert S. Goldman Mark E. Holcomb

The End of Agency Deference: How Amendment 6 Will Impact Florida Tax Law Florida voters approved Amendment 6 to the Florida Constitution in the November 2018 midterm election. Amendment 6 requires state court judges and administrative law judges to interpret state statutes and regulations de novo, or anew, without deferring to an administrative agency’s interpretation […]

Trust Disclosure – Devil Is in the Details

Dean Mead Attorney Joseph Naberhaus
Published: November 26th, 2018

Joseph K. Naberhaus

Trust Disclosure – Devil Is in the Details Greed and misunderstandings can throw sand into the workings of family trusts, and one of the primary ways the law protects beneficiaries is to require trustees to make regular accounting disclosures of how they manage trusts. If disclosure suggests a trustee has breached a fiduciary duty, beneficiaries […]