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A trap for the unwary has been the Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax, which is currently imposed at the rate of 9% on certain leases of tangible personal property. The Chicago Department of Finance, which enforces the Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax, interprets the term “lease of tangible personal property” broadly, to include use of computers.
Written by Brian Spiro • July 2nd, 2015 • Probate Litigation, Estate Planning, Under Florida law, the dissolution or annulment of marriage will invalidate provisions in Wills and Revocable Trusts that affect the former spouse. The issue arises when married couples draft wills that leave their estates to one another, subsequently divorce and fail to change their testamentary ...
Due Process Required in Guardianship Proceedings Written by Brian Spiro • July 2nd, 2015 • Guardianship Litigation, In the recent decision of Zemel v. Zemel, No. 4D14-1858 (Fla. 4th DCA July 1, 2015), the Court held that a non-party to a guardianship proceeding must be afforded due process, which includes sufficient prior notice and a full and fair opportunity to be heard.
By: Robert J. Nahoum The notorious debt buyer Cavalry Portfolio Services has sued you for an old debt that they bought from an original creditor. You are considering whether to fight them or to reach a reasonable settlement and get on with your life. You now have to determine how much is a good settlement with Cavalry Portfolio Services? Firstly, there are important practica ...
FATCA Leaves No Land Untouched By Veronica Pamoukaghlian, Senior Journalist During the first half of 2015, 11 new countries have signed effective inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) with the US to reciprocally exchange information about offshore accounts. The new IGA signees include large financial markets like Qatar, South Korea, Colombia, and Iceland.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently announced Broker Dealer Financial Services, Corp. (“BDFS”) settled allegations it failed to adequately supervise its employees’ solicitation and sale of nontraditional ETFs. Specifically, FINRA alleged BDFS failed to adopt and implement supervisory systems and procedures reasonably designed to achieve compliance with ...
Adviser Wins Care Brought by SEC Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:16 AM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: A houston-based firm has won a rare victory against the SEC in a case focused on advisers, accepting payments from brokerage firms. The SEC judge dismissed the allegations that the firm continued frau ...
We thought Jeffrey Simoneaux’ whistleblower case against DuPont was dead. On January 23rd of this year a federal jury in Baton Rogue, Louisiana ruled in favor of DuPont and tossed the False Claims Act and anti-retaliation suit brought by the former long time employee. Ordinarily, when a jury renders its verdict the case is over. Jeffrey Simoneaux isn’t an ordinary whistleblower, however.
As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. How about charts and graphics? Check out this chart that summarizes preserving and enforcing construction lien and payment bond rights in Florida. Check out this chart that summarizes Miller Act payment bond rights in Florida in comparison to Florida private and public payment bond rights.
At ONE400, we frequently ask ourselves, “What makes a great law firm logo?” An effective logo should be memorable, timeless, and unique, but an effective law firm logo has the added challenge of being professional yet approachable, and conservative but relevant. It’s not an easy task to meet all of this criteria, but we managed to find five logos that inspire us and hopefully you as well.
Will flakka become the newest Penalty Group 2 Substance in Texas? Many people have heard of designer drugs such as Molly or Ecstasy, but the latest drug to hit the streets goes by a different name, Flakka or Flocka. The name comes from the Spanish slang term for a beautiful woman (“la flaca”), This new drug, also known “gravel” based on its physical appearance, can be snorted, s ...
Morgan Stanley Restructures Number of Management Roles Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: In its latest round of restructuring, Morgan Stanley has altered the number of management roles at their branch, complex and regional levels.
TEXAS CITY, TX (06/30/2015) — 20-year-old Edson Alaniz Manzano, a state contractor for Biolandscape, was killed when an 18-wheeler veered off the road and struck him. According to reports, 20-year-old Edson Alaniz Manzano, a state contractor, was killed after an 18-wheeler struck him off Highway 146 at FM 646 in Texas City, Texas on Tuesday morning.
Over the weekend, I am sure many Americans have had numerous discussions with friends, family and strangers regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, stating that states could not keep same-sex couples from marrying or refuse to recognize their unions from other states. Whether you disagree or agree with the U.S.
A chapter 13 case is started by filing a petition with the Bankruptcy Court along with the schedules and statements that explain the person's financial situation. Under chapter 13, the debtor must submit a plan or reorganization to provide for his various classes of debt - priority, secured, and unsecured.
Automobile crash injuries are a leading cause of death for Missouri teenagers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an investigation into fatal car accidents involving teenagers and found that almost half were driving cars that were over six years old. Smaller vehicles accounted for almost a third of all fatalities.
A record-breaking number of law firms, law-related corporations and partners contributed to the 2015 Chicago Bar Foundation Investing to Justice Campaign. Thanks to the efforts from those involved in addition to the Chicago Bar Foundation, Chicago’s legal community successfully raised more than $11.5 million to support victims in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.