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

Published: September 21st, 2018

By: 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 […]

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

Published: September 6th, 2018

By: Timothy W. Sobczak 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 Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: August 3rd, 2018

By: H. French Brown, IV Robert S. Goldman Mark E. 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 […]

11 Dean Mead Attorneys Honored as Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb

Orlando, Fla. — Eleven Dean Mead attorneys have been recognized among Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2018. The list appears in the July edition of the publication. This year Cari L. Roth is inducted into The Legal Elite Hall of Fame joining fellow shareholders, Darryl M. Bloodworth, Lauren Y. Detzel, Peter M. Dunbar and Mark E. Holcomb […]

A Brave New World: The Taxation of Online and Mail Order Sales in a Post-Wayfair Florida

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb

On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court abrogated long-standing precedent prohibiting states from requiring the collection of use tax by out-of-state retailers not having a physical presence in that state. The 5-4 South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. decision was not the normal liberal and conservative split of Justices, and it continues […]

FINDING YOUR ZONE – Florida’s Opportunity Zones Confirmed

The U.S. Treasury announced exciting news for eager investors this week in publishing the approved list of qualified sites for the new Opportunity Zones for all 50 states. Florida successfully had 427 Opportunity Zones approved from its list – creating unique areas in every Florida County upon which improvements may be developed using this new […]

Peter Dunbar Earns Florida Bar Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law

Published: June 21st, 2018

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Tallahassee, FL — Dean, Mead & Dunbar announced today that Peter M. Dunbar, managing shareholder of the firm’s Tallahassee office, has earned Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education. This is a significant milestone in Dunbar’s legal career because he is now distinguished as […]

Department of Revenue Bulletin: Property Tax Relief for Citrus Equipment

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Published: June 12th, 2018

By: Robert S. Goldman Dennis G. Corrick

On June 1, 2018 the Department of Revenue issued a bulletin which serves as a reminder of property tax relief available in tax year 2018 for certain citrus fruit packing and processing facilities. The bulletin, PTO 18-02, follows the 2018 enactment of a Florida law (Laws of Florida Ch. 2018-118) providing that tangible personal property […]