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Property Received from a Decedent, What You NEED to Know

Fletcher H. Rush | October 2013

Will I owe any tax on receiving the property from the decedent?   A common concern for beneficiaries of a trust or estate is “will I owe any tax on receiving the property from the decedent?” The state of Florida does not impose a tax on beneficiaries who inherit or receive property from a decedent. […]

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Same-sex Marriage In Florida, Where Are We After Windsor

Fletcher H. Rush | September 2013

In late June, the United States Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act definition of marriage unconstitutional. Further, the Court said regulating marriage is the domain of the individual states. These holdings have quite an impact in the tax world as they afford same sex couples an opportunity to jointly file returns and receive […]

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The New 3.8% Medicare Surtax, Bringing It Home

Fletcher H. Rush | September 2013

You have probably heard people talking about the new 3.8% surtax imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The surtax applies to taxpayers who have “modified adjusted gross income” in excess of $200,000 ($250,000 if married filing jointly) and “net investment income.” However, there may be a few types of income that […]

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BP Oil Spill Settlement Agreement Approved

George T. Williamson | May 2012

On Tuesday, May 2, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier granted preliminary approval to the settlement agreement reached between the parties to the BP oil spill litigation. This approval ensures that the Court Supervised Claims Program will replace the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in processing claims by individuals and businesses affected by the oil spill, […]

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U.S. News: Cohabitation Statistics Continue to Rise

Natalie C. Lashway | April 2012

Cohabitation statistics continue to rise in the United States.  The 2010 U.S. Census Report revealed that an increased number of senior citizens are cohabiting without getting married.  Cohabitation can provide the companionship of a serious relationship without some of the financial complications of marriage.  Some seniors prefer the less formal relationship to the possibility of […]

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Terms of Settlement Agreement Announced in BP Oil Spill Litigation

George T. Williamson | April 2012

On April 18, 2012, parties to the BP oil spill litigation announced the terms of a global settlement agreement.  This agreement would resolve all private claims against BP for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A copy of the 1022 page agreement can be found here: We learned in a meeting on […]

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Smartphones Are a Divorce Lawyer’s New Best Friend

Charlie T. Boyle | March 2012

Keep your words (or texts) soft and sweet as you may have to chew on them in front of the family law judge someday, as this blog entry by Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. explains: Smartphones Are a Divorce Lawyer’s New Best Friend.

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Importance of Beneficiary Designations

Natalie C. Lashway | February 2012

When we experience big life changes like marriage, birth of a child, divorce, or loss of a loved one, one of the last things we may think about is changing the beneficiary of our life insurance or retirement accounts.  Nonetheless, this is a critical item to keep in mind. This article is a good reminder […]

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If Your Kids Could Make the Rules of Divorce

Charlie T. Boyle | January 2012

This is a great article for parents going through a divorce: “If Your Kids Could Make the Rules of Divorce.” If either or both parents followed these rules divorces would be quicker, less expensive and easier on both parties and the kids. Quit making your divorce attorney rich. Read, learn and follow!

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Nursing Home Rates Continue to Rise

Natalie C. Lashway |

A recent survey found that the national average nursing home and assisted living facility rates increased from 2010 to 2011. Nursing home rates increased 4.4% in 2011. Assisted living facility rates increased by 5.6%. This brings the average nursing home rates to $87,235 for a private room and $78,110 for a semi-private room per year, […]

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