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Multiple Emergency Declarations Make Eighteen Month Permit Extensions Available in Certain Florida Counties

Published: December 7th, 2016

By: W. Lee Dobbins

This summer, Governor Scott issued Executive Order Nos. 16-155, 16-156 and 16-204 declaring a State of Emergency for Palm Beach, Lee, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties due to toxic algae blooms in local water ways. The emergency declaration was for 120 days from the date of the original Executive Order on June 9, 2016. In […]

Implementation of New Overtime Rules Put on Hold

Published: November 28th, 2016

By: Nichole M. Mooney

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued an order granting a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting implementation of the Department of Labor’s (the “DOL”) new overtime rules, which were scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016 and would affect approximately 4.2 million workers nationwide. As addressed in our prior article, the DOL finalized […]

Changes to Medical Marijuana Law Under Amendment 2

Published: November 21st, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

Amendment 2, which passed during the 2016 General Election, creates more broad use of medical marijuana than that which was authorized under existing statutes adopted in 2014 and subsequently amended in 2015 and 2016. The amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. […]

Brad Gould Presents at 2016 AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference

Published: November 18th, 2016

By: Brad Gould

Fort Pierce, Fla. – Brad Gould – a shareholder at the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer – served as a presenter at the 2016 Fall Meeting & Education Conference for the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs on November 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. His topic titled, Tax and Succession Planning for Closely-Held Businesses, […]

Reverse Like-Kind Exchange Qualifies For Section 1031 Non-Recognition Treatment

Published: November 16th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Bartell v. Comm’r,[1] the Tax Court held that a reverse like-kind exchange made by a drug store chain which did not qualify for the safe harbor under Rev. Proc. 2000-37,[2] still qualified for non-recognition treatment under Section 1031. The Revenue Procedure was inapplicable because the replacement property was purchased before the publication of the […]

HOA Blog Series Part III: What Happens When You Don’t Follow HOA Rules?

Published: November 15th, 2016

By: Peter M. Dunbar Brian M. Stephens

You’re not the boss of me… In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we learned what it means to live in a common interest community, generally, and what documents are used to establish the community – looking specifically at homeowners association controlled communities (“HOAs”). In this Part 3, we’ll consider the HOA rules […]

Florida’s Water Crises: Can We Afford The Solutions? (Part II)

Published: November 15th, 2016

By: Dana M. Apfelbaum Brad Gould Michael D. Minton

With the renewed focus on water projects due to discharges from Lake Okeechobee and a recent surge in blue/green algae, there is also a renewed effort to involve private interests in the development of these projects. This series of articles addresses exceptions to the general rule that government payments received by private landowners as a […]

Stephen Looney Presents at 65th Tulane Tax Institute

Published: November 11th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

Stephen R. Looney, gave a presentation at the 65th Tulane Tax Institute in New Orleans on November 9, 2016. His presentation titled, “S Corporation Merger & Acquisition Issues” focused on sales of assets, stock sales, and stock sales involving qualified stock purchase acquisitions by S corporations, including the application of Section 336(e), allocation of consideration, […]