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Spring/Summer 2013

President’s Message

Published: June 11th, 2013

By: Marc D. Chapman

In my initial President’s Message published in the ‘News & Views’ Winter 2013 edition, I said I would highlight some of the strategic initiatives, sponsorships and economic issues Dean Mead is undertaking with a focus on growth, expansion and client service throughout Florida. As many of you know, our firm was one of the two […]

Lawyer Spotlight: Felipe Guerrero – Paving the Way for Greater Diversity in Central Florida’s Legal Profession

Published: June 11th, 2013

He is known by his peers as one of the hardest working attorneys in central Florida. While balancing a demanding case load, Felipe Guerrero also places a high priority on giving back to his profession through leadership in the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida (HBACF) and volunteering for a number of community service projects […]

Melanie Griffin to Lead as President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

Published: June 11th, 2013

An exciting chapter for Melanie Griffin will unfold on Friday, June 28th, as she assumes the coveted role of President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. Griffin is an Associate in Dean Mead’s litigation department and is active in numerous professional and service organizations in the greater Orlando area. Her newest position is a reflection of her […]

The 2013 Florida Legislative Update — Coming to a City Near You

Published: June 11th, 2013

By: Dennis G. Corrick

  This month Dean Mead is hosting the annual “Florida Legislative Update” series to provide attendees with an overview of the new laws impacting your business. We’re covering an array of issues from growth management to agriculture, to business organizations and property insurance, to healthcare and campaign finance.  We kicked-off the series in Orlando with four presenters including: Mason Blake, Dennis Corrick, […]

Highlights from the 2013 May Meeting of the ABA Tax Section

Published: June 11th, 2013

By: Stephen R. Looney

The Tax Section of the American Bar Association held its annual May meeting in Washington, DC on May 10 and 11, 2013. The May meeting is normally the highlight of the year with many IRS and Treasury officials present, as well as government representatives from both the House and Senate. This year was no exception. […]

Congratulations to UCF College of Medicine Graduate Virgil Secasanu, Dean Mead’s Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Published: May 24th, 2013

                                Central Florida students have much to celebrate this month. For many, this time of year marks the end of exams and the beginning of summer vacation. For other students, the season signifies the end of a multi-year educational journey and a new beginning for the next path in life. For one special graduate, however, […]

Health Reform and the ACA: Is Your Business Prepared for the New Normal?

Published: June 11th, 2013

The inaugural Brevard Business Briefings series was held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place with more than 80 people in attendance. Featured panelists were Dr. George Mikitarian (Parrish Medical Center), Scott Sorensen (Sorensen Moving & Storage, Inc.), Charles H. Egerton (Dean Mead), and Dr. Edgar Figueroa (Holmes Regional Medical Center), with Claudia Haines Jones (Dean Mead) […]

Grat It While You Still Can

Published: June 11th, 2013

By: Robert J. Naberhaus III

We previously posted on planning strategies that work really well in this current low interest rate environment.  In that post, we discussed the grantor retained annuity trust (“GRAT”).  In summation, a GRAT pays an annuity to the grantor for a specified term of years (the “retained interest”) with the balance at the end of the […]

Christine Weingart Featured in Florida Trend Magazine on “Issue Spotting” for Entrepreneurs

Published: June 11th, 2013

Christine L. Weingart, a corporate and tax attorney in Dean Mead’s Orlando office, is featured in the May 2013 edition of Florida Trend magazine with her client Leigh Elliott, owner of Team Elliott Education. The article is titled, “Spot check: Brief legal consultations help small businesses.”  The article describes Ms. Weingart’s approach to providing legal services such […]

Your Client or Patient Just Filed For Bankruptcy: Could That Mean You Lose Money?

Published: June 11th, 2013

Receiving a formal notice that a client, patient or customer has filed bankruptcy is never good news. In almost all bankruptcy cases, unsecured creditors receive nothing or, at best, a very small percentage of the amount they are owed. Even worse is the possibility that a creditor may be required to repay money in the […]