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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 […]

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. […]

Dean Mead Receives Recognition from 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Published: November 15th, 2018

Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead was selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” which was recently released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm was recognized for multiple practice areas in the Orlando, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach Metropolitan Rankings. Dean Mead also […]

Fraudulent Conveyance Lessons for Debtors and Creditors

Published: October 23rd, 2018

Darryl M. Bloodworth

When the owner of a hotel transferred his stock to his wife shortly before he defaulted on a loan related to his ownership of another business, creditors cried foul. They filed suit, alleging that giving the stock to his wife without receiving any payment constituted fraudulent conveyance – an attempt to shield assets that could be used to pay creditors.

Pre-Suit Notice of Defect Is An “Action” for Purposes of Statute of Repose

Published: September 21st, 2018

Michael J. Furbush Thomas P. Wert

In a case of first impression, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled last week that a construction defect action against a homebuilder was timely because the mandatory pre-suit notice of defect was sent to the builder before the ten-year statute of repose lapsed, even though the lawsuit was filed outside the ten-year period.   The […]

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 24 Dean Mead Attorneys in 2019 Edition

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb

Orlando, Fla. – Best Lawyers® released its list for The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. This year, there are 24 Dean Mead attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Dean Mead is pleased that the number of our lawyers who are honored continues to grow each year. Many are included for more […]

Early Forensic Review of Hurricane Flood Damages Saves Client from Financial Disaster

Published: September 6th, 2018

Mark R. Leavitt

When a Florida couple’s house was nearly washed away by flood waters associated with Hurricane Irma, it appeared they had no legal recourse. Storms and the huge amount of rain they bring are acts of God under the law; often, a victim’s only relief is to seek whatever assistance is available through FEMA. But once […]

Florida Property Tax Litigation: Procedural Traps for the Unwary

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb

A recent appellate court decision illustrates a common procedural trap befalling taxpayers in the minefield of Florida property tax litigation. Among the jurisdictional requirements to judicially challenge a property tax assessment is the taxpayer’s continuing obligation to either timely challenge or pay the amount of taxes assessed for subsequent years during which the first suit […]