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Suspension of Sunshine Law and Virtual Public Meetings

March 31, 2020
Suspension of Sunshine Law and Virtual Public Meetings

By: Heidi Mitchell and Allison E. Turnbull On March 9, 2020, Governor of the State of Florida, Ron DeSantis, declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19 which required Florida government officials to take necessary and timely precautions to protect their communities. See Executive Order 20-52. In response to the social distancing guidelines and limitations on … Read more

From the Courthouse to Your House – Dispute Resolution Options during a Global Pandemic

March 31, 2020
From the Courthouse to Your House – Dispute Resolution Options during a Global Pandemic

By: Jeffrey Deery and Brandon S. DeGel The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to have, a massive impact on our global, national, state, and local economies.  Undoubtedly, along with its devastating health and social effects, this dangerous virus will also bring a wave of disputes and conflicts.  So, in an age of social distancing, how are … Read more

CARES Act Greatly Expands Eligibility for Small Business Reorganization

March 31, 2020

By: Ryan E. Davis, Bradley M. Saxton and C. Andrew Roy The CARES Act greatly expands the availability of businesses to use new bankruptcy law that makes it easier to reorganize. Among other things, the CARES Act also provides for direct stimulus to individuals, limited temporary relief for student loan borrowers, and greatly expands SBA … Read more

COVID-19: Navigating Through Contracts and Business Operations During the Pandemic

March 30, 2020
COVID-19: Navigating Through Contracts and Business Operations During the Pandemic

By: Heather S. Moraes, Mya M. Hatchette, J. Jeffrey Deery, and C. Andrew Roy Thank you to those who were able to attend the WHWW zoom discussion today. For those of you who missed or want to see it again, the link to the lecture and material is below. VIEW DISCUSSION  

Ryan E. Davis Named Chair of WHWW’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Department

March 12, 2020
Ryan E. Davis

“WHWW is pleased to announce that Ryan Davis has agreed to serve as the Chairman of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Department,” remarked Jere Daniels, the firm’s managing shareholder. “Ryan has established himself as a leader in both the bankruptcy bar through his high level of professionalism and competency in the courtroom, and in … Read more

WHWW Welcomes Attorney Allison E. Turnbull

March 6, 2020
Allison E. Turnbull

WHWW welcomes attorney Allison E. Turnbull as a firm shareholder, practicing in the areas of real estate, land use and development. Allison is a prominent, award-winning, Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney with 19 years of experience, including the procurement and retention of land use entitlements, including zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, infrastructure finance and development, developments of regional … Read more

Passage of the SECURE Act Brings Sweeping Changes to Retirement Benefits Planning

February 4, 2020
Passage of the SECURE Act Brings Sweeping Changes to Retirement Benefits Planning

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law by the President on December 20, 2019 and implements major changes concerning retirement accounts such as traditional IRA, Roth IRA, 401(k) and 403(b) accounts. The SECURE Act raises the age for beginning required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) to age 72 from age … Read more

Medical Marijuana in Florida – OK to Smoke But Not to Grow

December 18, 2019
Medical Marijuana in Florida – OK to Smoke But Not to Grow

On November 22, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court declined to accept jurisdiction over a case involving the right of a patient to cultivate marijuana for his own medicinal purposes. In doing so, Florida has declined to be added to the increasing minority of states that now allow homegrown marijuana. Prominent Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner … Read more

Notary Law Change Alert: Update Your Notary Block Forms before January 1, 2020

December 18, 2019

In connection with the newly authorized remote, online notarization, the Florida approved form of notary certificate is changing effective January 1, 2020 to add reference to whether the notarization was performed in person or remotely. Failure to use the correct form of notary block for any document signed after December 31, 2019 could result in … Read more

Another Reduction in Sales Tax for Commercial Tenants

December 18, 2019

NEW LAWS IN EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2020 On January 1, 2020, the Florida sales tax rate on commercial leases will be reduced yet again, for the third time in the last three years.  The rate will be reduced from 5.7% to 5.5% for payments received for occupancies on or after January 1, 2020. The tax … Read more