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Fall 2012

President’s Message

Published: November 14th, 2012

By: Michael D. Minton

This is the second in a two-part series regarding the leadership strategy and transitioning process currently underway at Dean Mead. The first article appeared in our Summer 2012 edition of ‘News & Views’. As we complete the Fourth Quarter of 2012, and the transition year for our firm’s management draws to a close, I’m pleased to introduce […]

Crisis Management and How to Prepare for It[1]

Published: November 14th, 2012

By: Darryl M. Bloodworth

After having two strong Bloody Mary’s at an early morning university boosters club meeting, a senior vice-president of your company who was driving a company owned car runs a red light and causes an accident with a trailer truck carrying toxic chemicals that spill not only the highway but into the adjacent river which is […]

Dean Mead Minors 3rd Annual Putt-Putt Invitational Right on Par with Fundraising Goals

Published: November 14th, 2012

  Last month the Orlando office hosted the “Dean Mead Minors 3rd Annual Putt-Putt Golf Tournament” in and around the offices and hallways of the firm’s three floors in the Wells Fargo building to benefit The American Cancer Society. Attorneys, staff, friends and family members each paid a “green’s fee” to participate in the event. Each golfer participated in a raffle which included gift cards that […]

In Florida, Your Mom is Entitled to a Share of Her Second Husband’s Estate – No matter what other beneficiaries might say

Published: November 14th, 2012

By: Robert J. Naberhaus III David P. Hathaway

Your mother lives in Florida and remarried there after your father died.  Her second husband, who also was married previously, has passed away, and left his entire estate to the son and daughter from his first marriage.  Your mom has called you with a problem.  Although it wasn’t in the will, she says that under […]

Jay Van Heyde and Lauren Detzel Selected Among Orlando’s “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Published: November 14th, 2012

Lauren Y. Detzel has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Orlando Litigation – Trusts & Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” Also, Joseph (Jay) Van Heyde II has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Orlando Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year.” After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is […]

Lawyer Spotlight: Matthew J. Ahearn – Bringing Communication Skills to Estate & Trust Law

Published: November 14th, 2012

A good estate plan helps individuals and families with some of their most complex challenges: planning the preservation of hard-earned financial assets; assuring the future care of a loved one; resolving the future direction of a family business; and ensuring that the plan is properly carried out according to the decedent’s wishes. Matt Ahearn, Shareholder […]

The Time to Act is Now! Take Advantage of 2012 Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Laws Before It is Too Late

Published: November 14th, 2012

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Act”), which substantially increased the amount of property an individual could give away during their lifetime free of transfer tax. Specifically, the 2010 Act raised the lifetime gift tax exemption from $1 […]

Vicki Berman and Christine Weingart Honored with CREW Orlando’s “Networking Deal of the Year” Award

Published: November 14th, 2012

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Orlando held the “Annual Celebration of Champions and 25th Anniversary Celebration” on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Citrus Club in Orlando. There were more than 150 people in attendance for a sold-out event with a wonderful cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction.  Dean Mead attorneys, Vicki Berman and Christine […]