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VOL. XXXXI, NO.1 FALL 2019 ACTIONLINE Chair's Column
By Robert S. Freedman Section Chair, 2019-2020

Letter's From The Co-Editors-In-Chief
J Baskies and M Bedke

What? Notice To Creditors By A Trustee?
By J. Grier Pressly, III, Esq., Pressly, Pressly, Randolph & Pressly, P.A., Palm Beach, Florida

PART ONE: What Are My Rights Again? Rights Of Refusal And Options In Leases And Contracts: Seems Simple Enough Right? Wrong!
By Brenda B. Ezell, Esq., Ezell Law Firm, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida

Presumptive Legal Fees Entitlement Or “Weather Permitting?”
By Stephen P. Heuston, Esq., Heuston Legal PLLC, Melbourne, Florida, and Linda Suzzanne Griffin, Esq., Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., Clearwater, Florida

How To Avoid Falling Into Unlicensed Status: Five Practical Tips To Give Your Construction Client
By Brikena Isai Tomasic, Esq., Martin | Hild, P.A., Orlando, Florida

Unlocking The Hidden Value Of Prejudgment Interest In Construction Defect Litigation
By Nicholas J. Elder, Esq., Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida

RPPTL Section Members Michael A. Bedke And Richard C. Milstein Receive The Florida Bar Foundation Medal Of Honor Award At The 2019 Florida Bar Convention
By Gwynne A. Young, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, Florida and Robert Dale Noll, Akerman, Esq., LLP, Miami, Florida

Changes From The 2019 Regular Legislative Session
By Peter M. Dunbar, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Friends Of The Section 2019 Legislative Session
By Brittany O. Finkbeiner, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Section Spotlight
By Debra Boje, Esq. (RPPTL Section Immediate Past Chair) and Jeffrey A. Baskies, Esq. (ActionLine Co-Editor-In-Chief)

Photos RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida May 29-June 2 , 2019

Roundtable Probate And Trust Division
Prepared By Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Colleen C. Sachs, Esq., Pensacola, Florida

What Does “Ordinary Wear And Tear” In A Commercial Lease Really Mean?
By Matthew R. Chait, Esq., Shutts & Bowen LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida

Advising Clients On Qualified Charitable Distributions From Individual Retirement Accounts
By Alfred J. Stashis, Jr., Dunwody White & Landon, P.A., Naples, Florida

The Unauthorized Practice Of Law When Drafting Estate Planning Documents: Are You Guilty?
Yoshimi O. Smith, Esq., Beller Smith, P.L., Boca Raton, Florida

A Tribute To Debra Boje
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

In Memoriam William Parady
By John Neukamm, Esq., Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., Former RPPTL Section Chair and Former ActionLine Editor-In-Chief

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - Your Application is Denied! What You Must Provide To A Prospective Tenant Pursuant To The Fair Credit Reporting Act When An Adverse Action Is Taken Based Upon A Consumer Report
By Gabrielle Jackson, Esq. Gelfand & Arpe, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate And Trust Division - Family Matters: Family Law Considerations In Estate Planning
By Samah T. Abukhodeir, Esq., The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm, Miami, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by J. Christopher Barr, Bryant, Higby, & Barr, Panama City, Florida

Meet The Section's New Board Of Governors Liaison: Michael Tanner
Michael Tanner

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Denise B. Cazobon, Esq. Dunwody, White & Landon, P.A., Naples, Florida

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VOL. XXXX, NO.4 SUMMER 2019 ACTIONLINE
Chair’s Column
By Debra Lynn Boje

Letter From The Co-Editors-In-Chief
J. Baskies & M. Bedke


Temporary Injunctions In Probate, Guardianship And Trust Proceedings
By Daniel L. McDermott, Esq., Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Proptech: Marching Into The Next Generation Of Real Estate
By Tony Alfonso, Esq., DLA Piper, LLP, Miami, Florida

Remember The “Attention To Details” When It Comes To Florida Notarization

By George D. Karibjanian and Lester B. Law, Franklin Karibjanian & Law, PLLC Washington, D.C, Boca Raton, Florida, and Naples, Florida

Potential Safeharbor For Trustees – Chapter 2
By Jerome L. Wolf, Esq., Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Summary Jury Trials And Their Use In Resolving Construction Defect Cases
By Anne-Solenne Rolland, Esq., Lee, Hernandez, Landrum & Carlson, APC,and Brett Moritz, Esq., Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Miami, Florida

Political RoundUp: Florida’s New Leaders Take Charge
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Section Spotlight
By Jami Coleman, Section Fellow and TBA Annual Leon County
Public School Legal Initiative Event Chair

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
By Johnathan L. Butler, CTFA, Wells Fargo, Tampa, Florida

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Colleen C. Sachs, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Roundtable Probate And Trust Division
Prepared by Elizabeth A. Bowers, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida

What Partners Should Do Following The New Partnership Tax Audit Procedures
By Alyssa Razook Wan, Esq., Fowler White Burnett, P.A., Miami, Florida

Hindsight Is 2020: Why Gen X’ers Need To Consider Charitable Tax Planning In 2019
By Seth R. Kaplan, Esq., Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - Affidavits of Diligent Search and Inquiry
Prepared by J. Christopher Barr, Esq. Bryant, Higby, & Barr, Panama City, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division - Planning Considerations For Making Charitable Gifts Of S Corporation Stock
By Denise B. Cazobon, Esq., Dunwody White & Landon, P.A., Naples, Florida

Interview With Yoshi Smith
By Jeffrey A. Baskies, Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

and Yoshimi O. Smith, Beller Smith, P.L., Boca Raton, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Samah T. Abukhodeir, Esq. The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Gabrielle Jackson-Gelfand & Arpe, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

RPPTL General Sponsors

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VOL. XXXX, NO.3 SPRING 2019 ACTIONLINE
Chair’s Column: Success Requires Planning; It Does Not Just Happen
By Debra Lynn Boje

Letter From The Co-Editors-In-Chief
By Jeff Baskies and Michael Bedke

A Tribute To Andrew M. O'Malley
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Solidifying Liquidated Damages With Specific Performance
By Matthew Meyer, Esq., Ansa Assuncao LLP, Tampa, Florida

Bad RAPutation: How The Rule Against Perpetuities Affects Non-
Judicial Modification Of Trusts Under Fla. Stat. § 736.0412 

By Lisa H. Lipman, Esq., Roetzel & Andress, Naples, Florida

How Much Is A Guaranty Worth? A Fresh Perspective 
By Matthew Kramer, Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC, Miami, Florida

Waiver Of The Spousal Devise Restriction Under New Fla. Stat. § 732.7025
By Joseph J. Tschida, WFG National Title Insurance Company, Lake Mary, Florida

Proceed With Caution: Waiver Of Spousal Homestead Devise Restriction By Deed
By Angela K. Santos, Duane Morris LLP and Jeffrey A. Baskies, Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Political Roundup: Florida’s New Leaders Take the Helm
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Section Spotlight: Tallahassee Bar Association Chili Cook-off
By Vinette Godelia, Esq., Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

PHOTOS: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Jaqueline Peregrin, Esq., Naples, Florida

Roundtable Probate And Trust Division
Prepared by Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Demystifying The Code Of The Fair Housing Act And Its Applicability To Assistance Animals
By Michelle Gomez Hinden, Esq., Nishad Kahn, P.L., Orlando, Florida

Disputes Over Possession Of A Decedent’s Body At Death
By Brandan J. Pratt, Esq., and Jennifer L. Fox, Esq., Huth, Pratt,and Milhauser, Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate And Trust Division
By Samah T. Abukhodeir, Esq., The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm, Miami, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division
By Gabrielle Jackson, Esq. Gelfand & Arpe, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Probate and Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Denise B. Cazobon, Esq. Dunwody, White & Landon, P.A., Naples, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by J. Christopher Barr – Bryant, Higby, & Barr, Panama City, Florida

Construction Case Summaries
By Greg K. Demers, Esq., Ball Janik LLP, Orlando, Florida

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VOL. XXXX, NO.2 WINTER 2018 ACTIONLINE

Chair's Column
by Debra Lynn Boje

Letter From The Co-Editors-In-Chief

Drafting Lease Renewal Rents Without Prescience
By Martin A. Schwartz, Esq., Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Miami, Florida

Death, Probate And Due Process: Do The Notice Requirements Under
The Florida Probate Code And Rules Pass Constitutional Muster?

By Adrian P. Thomas, Esq., Michele M. Thomas, Esq., and Daniel A. McGowan, Esq.,
Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

An Insider’s Perspective On Navigating The Florida DBPR Regulatory

And Professional Boards
By Christopher M. Cobb, Esq., Jimerson & Cobb, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida

Veteran Owned And Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Joint Ventures:
Winning The Regulatory War
By Y. Lisa Colon, Esq., Smith Currie & Hancock, LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Introducing the RPPTL Practice Series!

Tax Advantages of Synthetic Leases
By Steven M. Chamberlain, Esq., Ocala, Florida

Qualified Opportunity Zones Explained
By Keith C. Durkin, Esq., Baker Hostetler, Orlando, Florida

The Midterm Elections
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Section Spotlight: South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic, Palm, Florida Photos
Anabella Barboza, Esq., Barboza Law & Associates, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

PHOTOS: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting

RPPTL Section Takes On Rome
By Erin Farrington Finlen, Esq., The Kelley Law Firm, P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Roundtable Probate And Trust Division
Prepared by Elizabeth A. Bowers, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Colleen Sachs, Esq., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Understanding The Underworld Of Business Identity Theft And Florida’s Recent Efforts To Protect Against Fraudulent Business Filings
By Brian W. Hoffman, Esq., Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC, Pensacola, Florida

The Real Party In Interest: Trustees
By Cady L. Huss, Esq., Spivey & Fallon, P.A., Sarasota, Florida,
and Elizabeth M. Hughes, Esq., Greenspoon Marder, Miami, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - E-Signatures And The Statute Of Frauds
By J. Christopher Barr, Esq., Bryant, Higby & Barr, Chartered, Panama City Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division - Revisiting Beneficiary
Designations After Divorce
By Denise Cazobon, Esq., Dunwody White & Landon, P.A., Naples, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Samah T. Abukhodeir, Esq.,
The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Gabrielle Jackson - Gelfand & Arpe, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

RPPTL General Sponsors

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VOL. XXXX, NO. 1 FALL 2018 ACTIONLINE

Chair's Column
by Debra Lynn Boje

A Potential New Safe Harbor For Florida Trustees: Advance Notice Of Proposed Trustee Action
By J. Grier Pressly III, Esq. and John “Randy” Randolph, Esq.,
Pressly, Pressly, Randolph & Pressly, P.A., Palm Beach, Florida

Take it Or Leave It – FR/BAR As-Is Contract Is Straightforward And Enforceable
By Jason Ellison, Esq. and Paige Baker, Esq.,
Ellison | Lazenby, St. Petersburg, Florida

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The ILIT
By Scott Johns, Esq., Doane, & Doane, P.A., North Palm Beach, Florida

An Overview Of REIT Qualification Requirements And Common Structures
By Arkadiy (Eric) Green, CPA and David R. Shanks, Esq. LL.M., Boca Raton, Florida

Delayed Discovery Doctrine: How Long Does A Litigant Have To Bring An Undue Influence Claim?
By Stacy B. Rubel, Esq., The Virgil Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

Political Roundup: The Table is Set for November Elections
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Photo Contest Winners

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Photos

Section Spotlight: Congratulations To The 2017-2018 Awards Recipients
By Mike Bedke, Esq., DLA Piper, LLP, Tampa, Florida

Roundtable: Real Property Division
Prepared by Jennifer Bloodworth, Esq., Winter Park, Florida

Roundtable: Probate and Trust Division
By Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Synthetic Debt Is Better Than Convertible Notes For Startup Investors
By Steven M. Chamberlain, Esq., Ocala, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division: Solutions To Hazards Of Heir Property II

By Jami Coleman, Esq., Williams & Coleman P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division: Hedge Your Tax Deed Bets: Confirm Notice and State Your Claims
By Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq., Peregrin Law Firm, P.A., Naples, Florida

Practice Pointers: Estate Planning Best Practices
By Henri Bardhi, Esq. and Debra A. Faulkner, Esq., Burke Faulkner Law, P.A., Tampa, Florida

Sales Tax Basics For Construction Lawyers
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Probate and Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Lian de la Riva Esq. - Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, Miami, FL

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Daniel L. McDermott – Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy

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VOL. XXXIX, NO. 4 – SUMMER 2018

Chair’s Column - ALMs – The Section’s Emissaries
By Andrew M. O'Malley Section Chair, 2017- 2018

Take-Two: Legislature Amends Florida’s Construction Statute Of Limitations And Repose Again In 2018
By Wm. Cary Wright, Esq., Jaret J. Fuente, Esq., Katherine L. Heckert, Esq. and Monica L. Strady, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, Florida

Heads I Win, Tails I Break Even: The Design, Funding & Administration Of Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
By Louis Nostro and Alexander Nostro, Nostro Jones, P.A., Coral Gables, Florida

Navigating A Foreclosure Title Commitment
By Richard S. McIver, Esq., Kass Shuler, P.A., Tampa, Florida and Joseph J. Tschida, V.P. WFG National Title Insurance Company, Lake Mary, Florida

Navigating The Murky Waters Of I.R.C. §199A
By John F. DeStefano and Nathan R. Brown, Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida 

Arbitrator Control Of Counsel 
By Larry R. Leiby, Esq., Malka & Kravitz, PA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A Comparative Study Of The “Joint Spousal LLC”
By Anthony P. Guettler, Esq., Gould Cooksey Fennell, Vero Beach, Florida

PACE Financing Traps For The Unwary
By Nicole M. Villarroel, Esq., Hackleman, Olive & Judd, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Section Spotlight - RPPTL Fellowship: ActionLine Interview With Former Section Fellow, Stacy Rubel
By Jeffrey A. Baskies, Esq., Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida and Stacy Rubel, The Virgil Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, St. Augustine, FL Photos

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Jennifer Bloodworth, Esq., Winter Park, Florida

Roundtable Probate And Trust Division
By Hung V. Nguyen, Esq., Coral Gables, Florida

Making The Most Of The First Planning Appointment: How To Cut To The Client Chase
By Carla A. DeLoach, Esq. and Jordan DeLoach, Esq. Hurlburt, DeLoach, P.L., Orlando, Florida

Political Roundup: State Politics And 2018 Elections
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - Partitioning Out Attorney’s Fees
By Jami Coleman, Esq., Williams & Coleman P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division - The Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well, Hallelujah!
By Lian de la Riva, Esq., Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty and Hartog, Miami, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Daniel L. McDermott, Esq. – Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq., Peregrin Law Firm, PA, Naples, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Construction Law Case Summaries
By Greg K. Demers, Esq., Ball Janik LLP, Orlando, Florida

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VOL. XXXIX, NO. 3 – SPRING 2018

Chair's Column: Building The Section Through The Membership And Inclusion Committee
By Andrew M. O'Malley

Letter From The Editors

Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Creates Unique Planning Opportunity For Wealthy Clients
By Elizabeth A. Bowers, Esq., Gunster, Yoakley, & Stewart, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL


What Goes Up Must Come Down: Estate Planning With The Current Exclusion, While We Still Have It
By David Spacht, Esq., Pryor Cashiman, LLP, New York, New York

The 20% Tax Deduction For Pass-Through Entities Explained
By Keith C. Durkin, Esq., Broad and Cassel, Orlando, Florida

Possible Estate Planning Strategies Arising From The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
By Jerome L. Wolf, Esq., and Jeffrey A. Baskies, Esq.,Katz Baskies & Wolf, PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Charitable Planning Under the New Tax Plan
By Lisa H. Lipman, Esq., Roetzel & Andress, Naples, Florida

Statewide Online Access To Courts For Parents Caring For Disabled Children
By Joseph P. George, Jr., Esq., P.A., Miami, Florida

SECTION SPOTLIGHT: The Internet Of Things
By Mike Bedke, Esq., DLA Piper LLP, Tampa, Florida

E-recording: All The Cool Clerks Are Doing It!
By Sabine Seidel, Esq., Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Maitland, Florida

RPPTL Section Out-of-State Executive Council Meeting Boston, Massachusetts
By Scott P. Pence, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, FL and Alison B. Wright, Tampa, FL

Out-Of-State Executive Council Meeting, Boston, MA Photos

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, Naples, FL Photos 

Roundtable: Probate and Trust Division
By Hung V. Nguyen, Esq., The Nguyen Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

Roundtable: Real Property Division
By Colleen Coffield Sachs, Esq., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 

Political Roundup: State Politics And The 2018 Legislative Session
By Cari L. Roth, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

Choices In Using Arbitration
By Larry R. Leiby, Esq., Malka & Kravitz, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - Abandoning The Paper Chase: Mobile Home Title Retirement
By Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq., Peregrin Law Firm, P.A., Naples, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division - Litigators Beware: The Need To Challenge Facially Valid Previous Wills In Revocation Proceedings, Even If Not Offered To Probate
By Daniel L. McDermott, Esq., Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Notice Of A Claim Pursuant To Florida’s Pre-Suit Notice Of Construction Defect Statute, Chapter 558, May Trigger An Insurer’s Duty To Defend
By Wm. Cary Wright, Esq., Jaret J. Fuente, Esq., and Michael G. Rothfeldt, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, Florida

Who Knew? The Misplaced Use Of “Time Is Of The Essence” Clauses In Construction Contracts
By Steven B. Lesser, Esq. and Jonathan D. Silver Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries

By Lian de la Riva, Esq., Palmer, Palmer and Mangiero, Miami, Florida

Probate and Trust Case Summaries 
By Jami Coleman, Esq., Williams & Coleman, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida 

Winslow vs. Deck Case Summary
By Brandan J Pratt, Esq. and Jennifer L. Fox, Esq., Huth, Pratt, Milhauser, Boca Raton, Florida 

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VOL. XXXIX, NO. 1 – WINTER 2017-2018

Chair's Column: Fellows Plot The Path To The Future
By Andrew M. O'Malley

Letter From The Editors

Estate Of Powell: The Service Wins The Latest Round, But Did It Land A Significant Blow?
By Douglas J. Elmore, Esq.,Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota, Florida

Legislation To Reduce Business Rent Tax Prevails
By Arthur J. Menor, Esq., Shutts & Bowen, LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida

Specific Considerations In Trust And Estate Mediations
By Amy B. Beller, Esq., Beller Smith Attorneys at Law, Boca Raton, Florida

Determining Reasonableness Of Attorney's Fees And Costs In Probate And Trust Proceedings
By Brandan J. Pratt, Esq., CFP® and Jennifer L. Fox, Esq., Huth, Pratt & Milhouser, Boca Raton, Florida

A Practical Guide To Florida's Construction Statute Of Repose After 2017 Legislative Changes
By Bret M. Feldman, Esq., Phelps Dunbar LLP, Tampa, Florida

Section Spotlight: Winded: A Legal Career Is Not A Sprint
By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald, Esq., Hershoff Lupino & Yagel, LLP, Maimi, Florida

Must A Commercial Landlord Consent To A Lease Assignment?
By Matthew R. Chait, Esq., Shutts & Bowen LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Photos

Roundtable: Real Property Division
Prepared by Colleen Coffield Sachs, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Roundtable: Probate and Trust Division
Prepared by Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Why Not Become Board Certified?
By R. Lynn Lovejoy, Esq., Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC, Pensacola, Florida  

Political Roundup: State Politics Heat Up In Preparation For The 2018 Elections
By Cari L. Roth, Dean, Mead & Dunbar, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

The Fourth Annual Miami-Dade County Public School Legal Initiative
By Kymberlee Curry Smith, Esq., Kymberlee Curry Smith, P.A., Pembroke Pines, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division - Hazards Of Heir Property
By Jami Coleman, Esq., Williams & Coleman, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division - Powers Of Attorney: Knowledge Is Power
By Lian de la Riva, Esq., Palmer, Palmer and Mangiero, Miami, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Daniel L. McDermott – Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq., Peregrin Law Firm, PA, Naples, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
Prepared by Barbara Landau, Esq. Associate Professor of Taxation at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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VOL. XXXIX, NO. 1 - FALL 2017

Chair's Column: A Tradition Of Duty And Service To The Public
By Andrew M. O'Malley Section Chair, 2017- 2018

Letter From The Editors

A Tribute To Deborah Packer Goodall
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Real Estate Valuation In Construction Defects Litigation: Additional Roles For The Appraiser And New Valuation Methods
By Grant W. Austin, M.S., MAI, CMRS, American Valuation, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Tax Apportionment Issues When Drafting For Blended Families
By Stacey Prince-Troutman, Esq., Broad and Cassel, LLP, Orlando, Florida

Title Problems Third Party Purchasers Face At Foreclosure Auctions
By Jordana Sarrell, Esq., Sarrell, Sarrell & Bender, P.L., Boca Raton, Florida

Friends Of The Section—2017 Legislative Session
By Brittany O. Finkbeiner, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Changes From The 2017 Regular Legislative Session
By Peter M. Dunbar, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

But It Wasn’t My Fault! IRS Penalties On Attorneys Acting As FIRPTA Withholding Agents
By Michael A. Lampert, Esq., Michael A. Lampert, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Section Spotlight: Congratulations To The 2016-2017 Awards Recipients

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Photos

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Anne Pollack, Tampa, Florida

Roundtable Probate and Trust Division
Prepared by Elizabeth A. Bowers, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division: Tax Filing Update
By Angela K. Santos, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: Real Property Division: Preserving Future Rents In A Commercial Lease 
By Scott M. Work, Esq., Clark Partington, Destin, Florida

Arbitration Clauses In Construction Contracts: Not A One-Size-Fits-All Solution
By Randy Dow, Esq., Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., Coconut Creek, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Stephanie Villavicencio, Esq., Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, Miami, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Amber Ashton, Esq., DSK Law, Tampa, Florida

State Tax Case Summaries
Prepared by Barbara Landau, Esq. Associate Professor of Taxation at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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VOL. XXXVIII, NO. 4 - SUMMER 2017

Chair's Column: The RPPTL Family
By Deborah Goodall Section Chair, 2016- 2017

Piercing The Homestead Veil
By Michael V. Hargett, Esq., Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche, P.A., Tampa, Florida and T. Bradford Petrino, Esq., Korshak & Associates, P.A., Casselberry, Florida

Documenting With Drones: Practical Implications Of Multiple Tiers Of Regulation
By Mariela Malfeld, Esq., Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald L.L.P., Miami, Florida

I’m Still Standing: Revocable Trusts—Do Beneficiaries Have Standing To Assert Claims Against Trustees?
By Matthew Rochman, Esq., and Jonathan A. Galler, Esq., Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Navigating The Regulatory Maze Of Private Lending
By Christopher Finley, Esq., The Law Offices of Christopher Finley P.L., Delray Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: Out To Pasture: Estate Planning For Horses
By Angela K. Santos, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: Don’t Let The Mailbox Rule Box You Out
By Amber Ashton, Esq., DSK Law Firm, Orlando, Florida

Exploring The Limited Of Parens Patriae From Two Recent Guardianship Cases
By Hung V. Nguyen, Esq., The Nguyen Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting The Westin Resort And Marina, Key West
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Willams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota, Florida

The RPPTL Visits Austin, Texas Joining With Locals To Keep Austin Weird
By Silvia R. Rojas, Esq., Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, Miami, FL

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Photos

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Jennifer Jones Bloodworth, Esq., Winter Park, Florida

Roundtable Probate and Trust Division
Prepared by Eamonn Gunther, Esq. Boca Raton, Florida

The New 2016 ALTA Commitment With Florida Modifications: Expressing The Limitations On Liability
By Christopher Smart, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa

Florida Domestication Statutes And Good Title For Real Estate: A Trap For the Unwary 
By Leslie A. Share, Esq. and Shawn P. Wolf, Esq., Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, Miami, Florida

Technology And Florida Real Estate (Introducing New Technology To An Established Industry)
By Louis P. Archambault, Esq., Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, Miami, Florida

A Primer On Dementia For Legal Professionals
By Andrew K. Fein, Esq., Minerley Fein, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Stephanie Villavicencio, Esq., Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, Miami, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Scott M. Work, Esq., Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse, P.A., Destin, Florida

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VOL. XXXVIII, NO. 3 - SPRING 2017

Chair's Column: Generosity Of Spirit
By Deborah Goodall

No Free House: Bartram v. U.S. Bank
By David W. Rodstein, Esq., Rodstein Law, Tamarac, Florida

Attorneys Face Difficult Ethical Challenges In Trying To Protect Clients From Financial Elder Abuse/Exploitation
By Barry A. Nelson and Cassandra Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, P.A., North Miami Beach, Florida

Community Association Board Members Can Be Considered Limited Purpose Public Figures In Defamation Cases
By Howard J. Perl, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

An Explanation Of The Escheat And Unclaimed Funds Process And Procedure
By Jacqueline I. Kurland, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida - Office of the Attorney General, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Brushing Up On The Lis Pendens Bond, A Powerful Tool For The Property Holder In A Real Property Dispute
By Dane R. Ullian, Esq., Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A., Vero Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: New Annual Reporting For Foreign-Owned Disregarded Entities
By Angela K. Santos, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: Applying The Marketable Record Title Act
By Scott M. Work, Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse, P.A., Destin, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting The Walt Disney Board Walk Inn, Orlando, Florida

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Jennifer Jones Bloodworth, Esq., Winter Park, Florida

Roundtable Probate and Trust Division
Prepared by Gail Fagan, Esq. Sarasota, Florida

IRS Issues Welcome Guidance On Portability Planning
By Rose Wilson, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Tampa, Florida

Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire: Sales Tax Consequences Of Related Party Rentals
By Jeanette Moffa, Esq., Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sebo v. American Home Assurance Company: The Florida Supreme Court Confirms Application Of The Concurrent Cause Doctrine When A Loss Is Caused By Multiple Independent Perils
By Sean A. Mickley, Esq., Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A., Vero Beach, Florida

Membership And Inclusion Committee Outreach And Events: May Through November 2016
By Douglas G. Christy, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Can You Imagine? Notarization By Skype?
By Patricia J. Hancock, Esq., Fidelity National Title Group, Maitland, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Prepared by Stephanie Villavicencio, Esq., Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, Miami, Florida

Real Property Case Summaries
Prepared by Amber Ashton, Esq., DSK Law, Tampa, Florida

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VOL. XXXVIII, NO. 2 - WINTER 2017

Chair's Column: Realistic Optimism: Prepare For The Worst And Hope For The Best
By Deborah Goodall

Weaving Around The Thorny Branches Of Dual Community Association Membership
By D. Michael Arendall, Esq., Zinzow Law, LLC, Palm Harbor, Florida

A Primer On Taxation Considerations In Structuring Real Estate Holdings
By Debbie Faulkner, Esq., Burke Faulkner Law, P.A., Palm Harbor, Florida

Governing Law For Dispositions Of Florida Real Property By Non-Resident Decedents
By Patrick F. Mize, Esq. Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith PLLC, Naples, Florida

Is Your Defective Work Covered? – Treatment Of “Rip And Tear” Coverage– Treatment Of “Rip And Tear” Coverage
By Mark A. Boyle, Esq. and Amanda K. Anderson, Esq., Boyle & Leonard, P.A., Fort Myers and Tampa, Florida

Using A Home’s Warranty To Compel Arbitration Of Statutory Claims By Initial Home Purchasers, Subsequent Purchasers, And Homeowners’ Associations
By Michael G. Rothfeldt, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, Florida

Paying A Trustee’s Attorney’s Fees In Breach Of Trust Actions
A Practitioner’s Roadmap Through Section 736.0802(10)
By Matthew Triggs and Jonathan A. Galler, Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting The Breakers, Palm Beach July 28 – July 30, 2016
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Sarasota, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting The Breakers, Palm Beach July 28-30, 2016

Roundtable Real Property Division
Prepared by Anne Pollack, Esq., Tampa, Florida

Roundtable Probate and Trust Division
Prepared by Elizabeth A. Bowers, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida

Settlements Involving Minors
By Elizabeth M. Hughes, Esq., The Nguyen Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida

The Florida Digital Assets Act – Ethical Issues In Representing Spouses In The Brave New Digital World
By J. Eric Virgil, Esq., The Virgil Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida and Michael S. Singer, Esq. and Marjorie E. Gallagher, Esq., Comiter, Singer,
Baseman & Braun, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Practice Corner: Achieving Code Compliance
By Amber Ashton, Esq., DeBeaubien Knight Simmons Mantzaris & Neal LLP, Orlando, Florida

Practice Corner: Pre-Immigration Income Tax Planning: Don’t Leave Home Without It
By Angela K. Santos, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Stephanie Villavicencio, Esq., Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, Miami, Florida

Real Property Summaries Case Summaries
Prepared by Scott M. Work, Esq. Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse, P.A., Destin, Florida

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VOL. XXXVIII, NO. 1 - FALL 2016

Chair's Column: Gratitude
By Deborah Goodall

Is The Fraud Disclaimer Clause In Your Contract Enforceable? Billington Gives Us The Answer
By Manuel Farach, McGlinchey Stafford, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Changes From The 2016 Regular Legislative Session
By Peter M. Dunbar, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

End of Year Planning In 2016: Gifting To Offshore Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts
By Jerome L. Wolf, Esq., Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Major Developments With Estate Tax Lien Releases
By Laird A. Lile, Lile & Hayes, PLLC, Naples, Florida

Florida Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets Act “The 411” What You Should Know
By Sasha A. Klein, Sabadell United Bank, Palm Beach, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Williams Parker, Sarasota, Florida

Executive Council Meeting Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, June 1-5, 2016

Probate And Trust Division Roundtable
Prepared by Gail Fagan Esq., Sarasota, Florida

Real Property Division Roundtable
Prepared by Anne Pollack Esq., Tampa, Florida

FinCEN’s GTO Expanded And Extended
By Margaret (Peggy) Williams, Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC, as a member of the
FinCEN GTO Subcommittee of the Problems Study Committee

A Tribute To Michael J. Gelfand
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Friends Of The Section 2016 Regular Legislative Session
By Brittany O. Finkbeiner, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Fear Not—All May Not Be Lost (or Removed) If The Landlord Can Obtain A Distress Writ
By Matthew Sackel, Shutts & Bowen, LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida

Practice Corner: Leasing Rules And Pitfalls For Buyers Of Residential Real Estate
Prepared by Christopher A. Sajdera, Sajdera Kim, PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Practice Corner: If You Aren’t Properly e-Serving Your §57.105 Motion, It May Not Be Enforceable
By Jennifer L. Grosso, Esq., Bentley & Bruning, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

Probate And Trust Case Summaries
Prepared by Jennifer L. Grosso, Esq., Bentley & Bruning, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Christopher A. Sajdera, Sajdera Kim, PL, Boca Raton, Florida

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VOL. XXXVII, NO 4 - SUMMER 2016

Chair’s Message: RPPTLS Mutate
By Michael Gelfand

Is it Time to Expand Florida’s Slayer Statute?
By Jeffrey A. Baskies and Justin M. Savioli, Katz Baskies & Wolf PLLC, Boca Raton, Florida

Tortious Interference with an Expectancy Plus The Wrongful Act Doctrine Equals Attorneys’ Fees for Probate Litigants
By Andrew K. Fein, B.C.S., Minerley Fein, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

A Lawyer’s Obligation to Protect Confidential Client Information in the Digital Age
By Ryan J. McConnell, Esq. of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, P.A West Palm Beach, Florida

What Happens to the Rent After Exercise of a Lease Purchase Option?
By John B. Neukamm, Esq., Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., Tampa, Florida

Is a Building a Product? Tiara and the Economic Loss Rule from Past to Present
By Jared E. Smith, Esq. and Dara L. Jebrock, Esq., Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

RPPTL Section to Provide “No Place Like Home” Program

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting - February 24-28, 2016
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Williams Parker, Sarasota, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting PHOTOS

Roundtables
Prepared by Jennifer Jones Bloodworth, Esq., Winter Park, Florida, and Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

The Engagement Letter and the Residential Real Estate Attorney
By Scott A. Marcus, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2016-2018 Class of Fellows
By: E. Ashley McRae, Ben Diamond and Joshua Rosenberg

Complying with FinCEN’s Geographic Targeting Order in Miami-Dade County
By Margaret (Peggy) Williams, Risk Manager, Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC,as a member of the FinCEN GTO Subcommittee of the Problems Study Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar

Membership and Inclusion Committee Law School Outreach and Events
By Douglas Christy, Membership & Inclusion Committee, Outreach Law School Program

Practice Corner: Pleading and Proving a Reformation Case
By Bridget M. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, P.A., Lake Mary, Florida

Practice Corner: Estate Planners - Are You Planning for the Post-Death Fight?
By Stacy B. Rubel, Chepenik Trushin LLP, North Miami, FL

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Bridget M. Friedman, Esq., Friedman & Friedman, P.A. Lake Mary, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Stacy B. Rubel, Esq., Chepenik Trushin LLP, North Miami, Florida

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VOL. XXXVII, NO 3 SPRING 2016

Chair’s Column: Our Mission
By Michael Gelfand

The Construction Lawyer’s Guide To Chapter 558, Florida Statutes: A Practical Checklist
By Steven B. Lesser, Esq. and Michele C. Ammendola, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gasparilla
RPPTLs Drew O’Malley, Deb Boje, Darby Jones and John Neukamm enjoying the 112th Gasparilla Parade Saturday, January 30, in Tampa

Material Alteration or Necessary Maintenance: a Condo Quandary
By Daniel J. Lobeck, Esq., Law Offices of Lobeck & Hanson, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

Can Johnson v. Davis Rights Be Waived?
By Nicholas J. Taldone, Esq., New Port Richey, Florida

Let’s Be Clear – Not all Liens Survive a Tax Deed Sale
By Paul A. Krasker, Esq. and Megan F. Schmidt, Esq., Clear To Sell, LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida

Getting Family Help When Representing the Disabled or Diminished Client: The Ethical Questions
By Lawrence J. Miller and Sean M. Lebowitz, Boca Raton, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton November 11 – November 14, 2015
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Williams Parker, Sarasota, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting,Boca Raton Resort and Club - November 11-15, 2015

PHOTOS: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting

Roundtables
Prepared by Jennifer Anne Pollack., Esq., Tampa, Florida, and Eamonn Gunther, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Injury is Nearly a Fact, While Rip and Tear is No Longer a Wild Card
By Erin E. Banks, Esq., and J. Derek Kantaskas, Esq., Carlton Fields, Tampa, Florida

Florida Fair Foreclosure Act – Legislative Attempt To Expedite Foreclosure Proceedings
By Arlene C. Udick, Esq., The Villages, Florida* on behalf of the Real Property Litigation Committee

Another Amazing RPPTL Event Inspiring the Next Generation of Lawyers

Florida Bar Board Certification Dates To Remember

Practice Corner: Witnesses and a Notary are not Necessary for the Execution of a Florida Irrevocable Trust (but why would you do this?)
By Michael A. Sneeringer, Esq., Akerman LLP, Naples, Florida

Pratice Corner: What to do When you Discover an Error in a Recorded Deed?
By Julia L. Jennison, Partner – Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. West Palm Beach, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Christopher A. Sajdera, Partner, Sajdera Morris, PL Boca Raton, FL

Probate Case Summaries Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Jennifer L. Grosso, Esq., Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

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VOL. XXXVII, NO 2 WINTER 2015

Chair’s Column: Why Berlin?
By Michael Gelfand

Jax Utities v. Hancock Bank: Equitable Remedies No More?
By Sean A. Mickley, Esq., Gould Cooksey Fennell, Vero Beach, Florida

Who Will Delete You? Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets
By Sasha A. Klein, J.D., LL.M.,Director of Trusts and Wealth Services at Sabadell Bank & Trust,
Palm Beach, Florida

2015 Legislative Changes to Chapter 558
By Sanjay Kurian, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Ft. Myers, Florida

E-Recording: The Next Step in Legal Technology
By Amber Ashton, Esq., Tampa, Florida

Can I Have My Deposit Back?
By Arthur J. Menor, Esq. and Elizabeth M. Jones, Esq.,Shutts & Bowen LLP,
West Palm Beach, Florida

The Meaning of “Of Counsel”: Do We Know It When We See It?
By Lawrence J. Miller - Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A., Boca Raton

RPPTL Section Travels to Berlin
Julia L. Jennison, Partner – Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. West Palm Beach, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting The Breakers, Palm Beach July 30 – August 1, 2015
By Erin H. Christy, Esq., Sarasota, Florida

Photos: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida
July 30 - August 1, 2015

Photos: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, The Ritz Carlton, Berlin, Germany
September 30 – October 4, 2015

Roundtables
Prepared by Jennifer Jones Bloodworth., Esq., Winter Park, Florida,
and Jeffrey A. Baskies, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

“What Is Your Authority?” -- The Answer Is Found In the Revisions to Section 49.31, Florida Statutes
By Roland D. Waller, Esq., Waller & Mitchell, New Port Richey, Florida Michael A. Bedke, Esq., DLA Piper LLP, Tampa, Florida

Spotlight on the Fellows
By E. Ashley McRae, Chair; Benjamin Diamond, Co-Chair; Joshua Rosenberg, Co-Chair

Reptiles Strike Again! Report on the RPPTL Section’s Law School Outreach Program
By Annabella Barboza, Esq.,Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones, PLLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2015 Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic

Ninth Annual Construction Law Institute Set for March 10-12, 2016

Practice Corner: Reasonably Ascertainable Creditors in Probate
By Stacy B. Rubel, Esq., North Miami, Florida

Practice Corner: Forum Selection Clauses
By Bridget M. Friedman, Esq.,Friedman & Friedman, P.A.

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Julia L. Jennison, Partner – Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. West Palm Beach, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by T. John Costello, Jr. – Wollman, Gehrke & Solomon, P.A., Naples, Florida

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VOL. XXXVII, NO 1 FALL 2015

Chair’s Column: May You Live in Interesting Times!
By Michael Gelfand

Changes from the 2015 Legislative Sessions
By Peter M. Dunbar, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Legislator Supporters of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section During the 2015 Legislative Session
By Brittany O’Connor Finkbeiner, Esq., Dean, Mead & Dunbar, Tallahassee, Florida

Condominium Terminations Updated
By Alex Dobrev, Esq., of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., Orlando, Florida;
Steven H. Mezer, Esq., of Becker & Poliakoff, Tampa, Florida; and
Christopher N. Davies, Esq., of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Naples, Florida

Updating Florida’s Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
By Keith B. Braun, Esq., Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Eviction of a Commercial Tenant Does Not Preclude the Landlord’s Ability to Accelerate Rent
By Matthew S. Sackel, Esq., Shutts & Bowen LLP, West Palm Beach, FL

Review Your Lender Closing Instructions Carefully
James C. Russick V.P. Florida State & Gov’t Affairs Counsel Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

New CFPB Disclosure Lets Buyers “Know Before They Owe” …But Will It Really Help Buyers At The Time Of Contract Signing?
By G. Thomas Ball, Esq., BakerHostetler, Orlando, Florida

Tangible Personal Property and the Sale of Real Estate: Sales Tax Liability and Other Concerns
By Cristofer A. Bennardo, Esq., of Bennardo Levine, LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, Fontainebleau,Miami Beach, Florida, June 4 - 7, 2015
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

Photos: Miami Beach, Florida

Roundtables
Prepared by Brian M. Malec, Esq., Orlando, Florida, and Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

A Tribute to Michael A. Dribin
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

Spotlight on the Homestead Issues Study Committee
By Michael A. Sneeringer, Esq., Akerman LLP, Naples, Florida

Changes to the Health Care Surrogate Law
By Elizabeth Hughes, Esq., Miami, Florida

Bad Faith Claims in Florida
By Sanjay Kurian, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Myers, FL

“Competence” in Technology: The Rules Get a Reboot
By Jenna G. Rubin, Esq., Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Landlord Tenant Legislative Update
By Arlene C. Udick, Esq., The Villages, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Melissa N. VanSickle Esq.– Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse, Tallahassee, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Michael A. Sneeringer Esq.– Akerman LLP, Naples, Florida

Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic

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VOL. XXXVI, NO. 4 SUMMER 2015

Chair’s Column: A Commentary on the Committees of the RPPTL Section
By Michael A. Dribin

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Recent Foreclosure Cases Addressing the Business Records Exception to the Hearsay Rule
By John W. Little, III, Esq. and E. Ashley McRae, Esq.

A Consummate Lawyer and Leader: Three Awards for Marsha Rydberg
Community Association Laws 2062: Electronic Voting, Fines and Sundries
By Steven H. Mezer, Esq. and Christopher N. Davies, Esq.

Improvements Made to Florida’s Estate Tax Apportionment Statute
By: Keith B. Braun, Esq., David J. Akins, Esq., and Pamela O. Price Esq.

Planning for Second Spouses and First Marriage Children and (Surprisingly) Making Everyone Happy!
By Michael A. Sneeringer, Esq.

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq.,

Photos: The Ritz Carlton, Orlando
Roundtables
Spotlight on the Construction Law Institute Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq.

Is a “Lien Transfer” under Florida Statute §713.24 Still Available to Residential Homeowners? Addressing the Problems Facing Residential Homeowners in Attempting to Transfer a Construction Lien
By Michael G. Meyer, Esq.

Florida’s Original Real Estate Law Hornbook – The Uniform Title Standards
By Brian W. Hoffman, Esq. and Christopher W. Smart, Esq.

Permitted Or Prohibited Communications With Government:The Continuing Debate Over Rule 4-4.2
By Lawrence J. Miller, Esq.

Promoting Diversity
By Stacey A. Prince-Troutman, Esq.

RPPTL Section’s Law School Outreach
By Kathrine Lupo, Esq.

Probate Case Summaries
by T. John Costello, Jr., Esq.

Real Estate Case Summaries
by Julia L. Jennison, Esq.

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VOL. XXXVI, NO.3 SPRING 2015

Chair's Column: Alphabet Soup: ABCs of RPPTL CLE
By Michael A. Dribin

Florida’s New Revised Limited Liability Company Act What Real Estate Attorneys Need to Know
By James A. Marx, Esq.

So You Think You Know Joint Accounts: A Primer On The Law In Florida
By Matthew Triggs and Jessica Zietz

Show or Tell? District Courts in Conflict on Key Requirement for Constructive Service
By Bradford Petrino, Esq.

New AAA Alternate Dispute Resolution Procedures In 2014
By Larry R. Leiby, Esq.

The Transition from Book and Page to Instrument Number: The Pros and Cons
By Bridget M. Friedman, Esq.

The Value of South Florida Real Estate When A1A is Under Water: Sea Level Rise and Private Property Rights
By Julia Jennison, Esq., Kristen King Jaiven, Esq

Undue Influence – Is Failure to Establish a Presumption Fatal?
By Sean M. Lebowitz, Esq.

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq.

Photos: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida
Roundtables
By Brian M. Malec, Esq.

Spotlight on the Digital Assets and Information Study Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq.

Give Me Shelter: The Ethics of Out-of-State Lawyering
By Gary M. Kaleita, Alexander Dobrev

Beware of FNMA and FHLMC Guidelines’ Impact on ROFR Provisions
Probate Case Summaries
By Michael A. Sneeringer

Real Estate Case Summaries
By Melissa N. VanSickle, Esq.


VOL XXXVI, NO.2 WINTER 2014

Chair’s Column: Our Financial Resources From Whence Cometh? To Where Goeth?
By Michael A. Dribin

Reptiles Take Over the Windy City
By Theo Kypreos, Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Resolution - Recognizing the Service and Contributions of John Arthur Jones
Is a Construction Defect Plaintiff Entitled to Prejudgment Interest for Unrepaired Defects?
By Maritza Peña, Esq., Marlow Adler Abrams Newman & Lewis, Coral Gables, Florida

What Attorneys Should Know When Dealing With Client Capacity Issues
By Jenna G. Rubin, Esq. Gutter, Chaves, Josepher, Rubin, Forman, Fleisher, Miller P.A. Boca Raton, FL

Check Your Dec—Is Your Right of First Refusal at Risk of Being Refused?
By Kathryn Yankowski, Esq., Katz Barron Squitero Faust Friedberg English & Allen, P.A.
Frank Aragona Trust: A Way Around the Imposition of the NII Tax for Trusts?
By Matthew Evans, J.D., LL.M., Regions Private Wealth Management, Tampa, Florida

Fellowship Program Open to All Young RPPTL Section Attorneys
By Charles Ian Nash, Nash & Kromash, LLP, Melbourne, Florida

Stone v. Stone: Is the Fourth DCA Catching Habeeb? Transfer by Deed does the Job
By Robert W. Goldman, Goldman, Felcoski & Stone, P.A., Naples, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

Photos: The Breakers, Palm Beach
Photos: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Roundtables
Prepared by Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida, and Brian M. Malec, Esq., Orlando, Florida
Should I Stay or Should I Go: The Clash of Issues for 401(k) Owners Deciding Whether to Rollover into an IRA
Alex Hamrick, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Orlando, Florida, and L. Howard Payne, The Payne Law Group, Sarasota, Florida
Florida Realtors/Florida Bar (FR/BAR) Residential Contract Documents Revised
By Frederick W. Jones, Esq., Winter Park, FL

Spotlight on the Real Property Finance & Lending Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

The Annual Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic was a Huge Success!
Real Estate Case Summaries
By Kymberlee Curry Smith, Esq. Pembroke Pines, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Sean M. Lebowitz, Esq.em>

Eighth Annual Construction Law Institute Set for March 12-14, 2015
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VOL XXXVI, NO.1 FALL 2014

Chair’s Column: The RPPTL Strategic Planning Committee Creates a Blueprint for the Future
By Michael A. Dribin

Florida Enacts Family Trust Company Legislation
By Brian M. Malec, Dean Mead P.A., Orlando, Florida and Scott A. Bowman,Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida
Changes from the 2014 Legislative Session
Peter M. Dunbar, Esq., Dean Mead, Tallahassee, Florida
Legislator Supporters of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section During the 2014 Legislature
By Ashley E. Gault, Esq., Dean Mead, Tallahassee, Florida

Issues to Consider When Counseling Same-Sex Couples
By George D. Karibjanian, Boca Raton, Florida and Jeffrey R. Dollinger, Gainesville, Florida

The Dodd-Frank Act and the Residential Owner-Occupant Purchase Money Mortgage in Favor of Seller Financers
By Arlene C. Udick, The Villages, Florida

The Disclosure Dilemma: Navigating the Rules When Confidentiality Hurts the Client
By Matthew Triggs and Jessica D. Zietz, Boca Raton, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting, South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, May 28 – June 1, 2014
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Photos: Captiva
Roundtables
Prepared by Brian M. Malec, Esq., Orlando, Florida, and Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

A Tribute to Margaret “Peggy” Rolando
By: Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Use of Civil Theft Statute in Trust Litigation
By: Jennifer C. Lester and Shannon M. Miller, Gainesville, Florida

The Five Most Troublesome Contract Provisions on Private Construction Projects
By: Sean A. Mickley, Esq., Vero Beach, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Joshua H. Rosenberg, Esq., Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, P.A., Miami, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
By Douglas G. Christy, Wetherington Hamilton, P.A., Tampa, Florida

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VOL. XXXV, NO.4 SUMMER 2014

Chair's Column: The RPPTL Section As Amicus Curiae
In This Issue
Summary of 2014 Florida Laws Impacting Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowners’ Associations
By Steven H. Mezer, Bush Ross, P.A., Tampa, Florida, and Christopher N. Davies, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Naples, Florida
on behalf of the Condominium & Planned Development Committee

ALERT: Inherited IRA’s Not Protected under § 522 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code – Supreme Court Rules
New CAM Statute Repeals Statutes and Modifies Release of Lien Requirements
By Steven H. Mezer, Esq., and Christopher N. Davies, Esq.

New Legislation: HB 757
Rest Easy – The “Morey Fix” Legislation Is Here
By J. Allison Archbold, Esq.,Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

Burden of Proof in Will and Trust Contests
By Jenna G. Rubin, Esq.,Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Lapsing: Who Needs It Anyway?
By John L. Stansbury, Esq. and Patrick C. Emans, Esq. Holland & Knight LLP, Miami, Florida

E-Z Legal Forms May Not Be So Easy After All
The Four Corners Rule Applies in Will Construction Cases in Florida
By Sarah S. Butters, Esq., Holland & Knight, Tallahassee, Florida and Lee Philip “Lee” Teichner, Esq., Holland & Knight, Miami, Florida

Understanding the Requirements of a “Qualified Mortgage” Under Dodd Frank:Closing the Barn Door After the Horses Have Left the Building
By Robert “Bob” S. Schumaker, Esq., Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Fry, O’Neil and Mullis, P.A.

Tips for Mediation – Be Prepared!
By David R. Carlisle, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Miami, Florida

2061-2062 Election Results real property, probate and trust law section
Practice Preparedness: Are You Prepared to Practice In Any Florida Jurisdiction?
By Sancha Brennan Whynot The Brennan Law Firm, Orlando, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Photos:RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
Roundtables
Prepared by Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida, and Brian M. Malec, Esq., Orlando, Florida

RPPTL Reaching Out
By Kathrine Lupo, Esq., Gallagher & Associates Law Firm, P.A.St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida Legislature Reaffirms Economic Loss Rule for Title Insurance
By James C. Russick, V.P. Florida State & Gov’t Affairs Counsel Old Republic National Title Insurance Company andAlan B. Fields, V.P. National Agency Counsel WFG National Title Insurance Company

Can’t We All Play by the Same Rules?
By Dane E. Leitner, Esq.Ward Damon Posner Pheterson & Bleau, PL West Palm Beach, Florida

When Is It Too Late to Foreclose a Mortgage?
By David W. Rodstein, Padula Hodkin, PLLC, Boca Raton, FL

Is My Client A Liar?
By Norman Fleisher, Esq.Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Sean M. Lebowitz, Esq.,Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
By Kymberlee Curry Smith, Esq., Pembroke Pines, Florida
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VOL. XXXV, NO. 3 SPRING 2014

Chair's Column: The Back Row – Once A Leader, Always A Leader and More
By Margaret “Peggy” Rolando Section Chair, 2013- 2014

In This Issue
RPPTL Section members Honored as Recipients of The President’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2014
Verifying the Verified Statement: Protecting Alternatives to Guardianship Under Florida Law
By Matthew Triggs, Esq. and Jessica D. Zietz, Esq. Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Boilerplate Tips and Traps
By Adele I. Stone, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Richard Eckhard, Esq., Tampa, Florida

Linda Suzzanne Griffin Receives Certificate for Meritorious Public Service
RPPTL General Sponsors
Who Needs A Safe Harbor from the Economic Storm?
By Michael J. Gelfand, Gelfand & Arpe, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida On behalf of the Condominium & Planned Development Committee

Social Media and the Judiciary: Friend or Faux
Lawrence J. Miller, Esq., Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A., Boca Raton, FL

Explore the New RPPTL Section Website
By Silvia B. Rojas, Esq., Miami, FL

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Stuart, Florida

Photos: RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
Roundtables
Fellowship Program Open to All Young RPPTL Attorneys!
ADR Committee’s Tips and Traps
By Deborah Bovarnick Mastin, Co-Chair, RPPTL ADR Committee David R. Carlisle, Co-Chair, RPPTL ADR Committee

Do Leasehold Cooperatives Qualify as Protected Homestead? It Depends….
By Jeffrey Scott Goethe, Esq., Bradenton, FL

Title Insurers’ Audits of Trust Accounts
By John B. Neukamm, Tampa, Florida on behalf of the RPPTL Section’s Ad Hoc Committee on Trust Account Issues

Lougas v. Sophia Enterprises - Is There a New Way to Terminate A Lease?
By Kathrine Lupo, Esq., Gallagher & Associates Law Firm, P.A., St. Petersburg, Florida

Guidelines for Service of Process on the Agency for Health Care Administration
By Rohan Kelley

Spotlight on the Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison (RREIL) Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Probate Case Summaries
Litigation and Trust Law Symposium Brochure
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VOL. XXXV, NO. 2, WINTER 2013-14

Chair's Column: RPPTL's Executive Council: The Section's Engine
By Margaret "Peggy" Rolando, Section Chair, 2013- 2014
In This Issue
RPPTL General Sponsors
Non-Traditional Remedies for Regaining Possession of Residential Property
By Anthony J. Horky, Esq., Anthony J. Horky, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

RPPTL Executive Council Adds Kids’ Committee
Law Students Assist Real Property Problems Study Committee
By W. Theodore Conner, Orlando, Florida Chair, Real Property Problems Study Committee

Florida’s Modern Portfolio Trust Investment Statute – A Call for Legislative Review
By Trent S. Kiziah, Esq., Palm Beach, Florida, J. Clay Singleton, Ph. D., CFA, Winter Park, Florida, and S. A. Marshall, Esq., Winter Park, Florida

The RPPTL Section Discovers and Explores Portugal
By M. Travis Hayes, Cummings & Lockwood LLC, Naples, Florida

Estate of Kester – Undue Influence Challenge to Inter-Vivos Transfers
By Patrick J. Lannon, Esq., Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Miami, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting - The Breakers, July 24th through July 27th, 2013
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Stuart, Florida

Photos: Executive Council Meeting... The Breakers, Palm Beach, July 24 – 27, 2013
Roundtables - Saturday, July 27, 2013, The Breakers - Palm Beach, Florida
New Section Mascot Named
Social Media and Lawyer Ethics: Missing “Link”?
By Lawrence J. Miller, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

Recent RPPTL Events with Law Students
The Death of the Pet Restricted Community
By Dane E. Leitner, Esq., Ward Damon Posner Pheterson & Bleau PL, West Palm Beach, Florida on behalf of the Condominium & Planned Development Committee

A Horse is a Horse, of Course of Course
By Ralph A. DeMeo, Esq., Hopping Green & Sams, Tallahassee, Florida on behalf of The Florida Bar Animal Law Committee

Join the Florida Bar's Animal Law Committee
Fellowship Program Open To All Young RPPTL Attorneys
Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Nishad Khan, Esq., Orlando, Florida

Spotlight on the At-Large Members Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Noelle M. Melanson, Melanson Law, P.A., Ft. Myers, Florida

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VOL. XXXV, NO. 1, FALL 2013

Chair's Column: Mutually Beneficial: Committee Participation
By Margaret "Peggy" Rolando, Section Chair, 2013- 2014

In This Issue
Legislator Supporters of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section During the 2013 Legislature
By Ashley E. DiNunzio, Esq. Pennington, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

New RPPTL Website Launch Forthcoming Winter 2013
Changes from the 2013 Legislative Session
By Peter M. Dunbar, Esq. Pennington, P.A., Tallahassee, FL

Tiara: A Sea of Change or Barely a Ripple?
By Manuel Farach, Richman Greer, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL, and Sanjay Kurian, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Ft. Myers, FL

Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic – Save the Date
Summary of 2013 Florida Laws Impacting Condominiums, Homeowners’ Associations and Cooperatives
By Steven H. Mezer, Bush Ross, P.A., Tampa, Florida, and Christopher N. Davies, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Naples, Florida on behalf of the Condominium & Planned Development Committee

Tribute To William Fletcher Belcher
By Michael A. Dribin, Esq., Miami, Florida

Meet the RPPTL Section’s Executive Committee for 2013-2014
By Silvia B. Rojas, Esq., Miami, Florida

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting - The Vinoy, St. Petersburg May 23rd through May 26th, 2013
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Stuart, Florida

Executive Council Meeting — The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, May 23– 26, 2060
Roundtables
Prepared by Brian M. Malec, Esq., Orlando, Florida, and Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

Spotlight on the Trust Law Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

Request for Information: Violations of Sec. 627.4137, F.S.
Florida High Court Adopts Standards and Procedures for Addressing Unprofessional Conduct
By Lawrence J. Miller, Esq., Gutter Chaves Josepher, et al., Boca Raton, FL

Report of Florida Bar Leadership Academy Fellow
By Brenda B. Ezell, Esq., Jacksonville, Florida

County and Municipal Code Enforcement: Questions and Answers
By James C. Russick, Esq., Tampa, Florida and Roger W. Cruce, Esq., Orange Park, Florida

ITIN Problems Still Plague FIRPTA Closings
By Jonathan H. (Jason) Warner, Esq., Miami, FL

Technical Corrections and Improvements to the Florida Power of Attorney Act
By Tami Foley Conetta, Esq., Northern Trust, Miami, Florida

Redefining Land Trusts in Florida – The New and Improved Land Trust Act
By Wilhelmina F. Kightlinger, Esq., Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Tampa, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Brian Hoffman, Esq., Pensacola, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Tara Rao, Esq., Lutz, Florida

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VOL. XXXIV, NO 4 - SUMMER 2013

Chair's Column: The Solid State of the Section
By W. Fletcher Belcher Section Chair, 2012- 2013

Rohan Kelley Receives the William S. Belcher Lifetime Professionalism Award
By Deborah Packer Goodall, Esq., Boca Raton, Florida

The Florida Legislature Addresses the Foreclosure Crisis
By Kathleen C. Passidomo, Esq., Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP, Naples, Florida, and Florida State Representative, Dist. 106

Significant Federal Income Tax Aspects of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 for the Real Estate Investor
By David R. Brittain, Esq., and D. Michael O’Leary, Esq., Trenam, Kemker, Tampa, Florida

You De-Can’t Do That! Common Decanting Mistakes
By Catrina A. Sveum, Esq. Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Going Green Makes Good Business ¢
1031 (g)(6) Limitations: “What You Need to Know
By Stephen A. Wayner, Esq, C.E.S.

RPPTL Law School Liaison Committee Update
By Stacy Kalmanson and Jason Ellison

RPPTL Section Executive Council Meeting
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Stuart, Florida

Roundtables
Prepared by Amber Jade F. Johnson, Esq., Maitland, Florida, and Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Stuart, Florida

The Death of Trust Reformation to Correct Drafting Mistakes? Ethics Database Now Available
By Robin J. King, Esq., Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, Boca Raton, Florida, and on behalf of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee

Spotlight on the Membership, Diversity and Law School Liaison Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Nishad Khan, Esq., Orlando, Florida

Recording Documents Containing False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Statements Is Now a Felony
By Joseph J. Tschida, State Counsel and Vice President WFG National Title Insurance Company

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Noelle M. Melanson, Melanson Law, P.A., Ft. Myers, Florida
33rd Annual RPPTL Legislative and Case Law Update Friday, July 26, 2013
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VOL. XXXIV, NO 3 - SPRING 2013

Chair's Column: The RPPTL Legislative Role
By W. Fletcher Belcher Section Chair, 2012- 2013

Condominiums and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act - Part III: “Has Time Rewritten Every Line?”
By Jerry E. Aron, Esq., Jerry E. Aron, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Fiscal Cliff Retrospect as to Estate Planning – Where We Are for 2013
By George D. Karibjanian, Proskauer Rose, LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Practical Recommendations for Managing Liability in the Face of FDIC Coverage Reductions
By Alan B. Fields, Esq., St. Petersburg, Florida

Hillsborough County Bar Association Diversity Networking Event
By Tara Rao, Esq., The Rao Law Firm, P.L., Lutz, Florida

Membership, Diversity and Law School Liaison Committee Update – Focus on Law Students
By Stacy Kalmanson, Co Vice-Chair of the Committee

Practical Considerations for Powers of Attorney Intended for Financial Institutions
By Deborah L. Russell, Esq., Cummings & Lockwood LLC, Naples, Florida

County Court Jurisdiction in Landlord-Tenant Actions for Possession—Does § 34.011, Florida Statutes, Need to Be Clarified?
By Anthony J. Horky, Esq., Anthony J. Horky, P.A., Boca Raton, FL

The RPPTL Visits The Biltmore House and Estate – a National Treasure
Statutory Proposals for Settlement In Probate and Trust Litigation
By Jonathan Galler, Esq., and Payal Salsburg, Esq., Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton

Notice of Annual Election Meeting
Spotlight on Real Estate Entities and Land Trusts Committee
By Jane L. Cornett, Esq., Becker & Poliakoff, Stuart, Florida

Residential Contracts for Sale and Purchase Updated
Real Estate Case Summaries
Prepared by Brian Hoffman, Esq., Pensacola, Florida

Probate Case Summaries
Prepared by Tara Rao,Esq.,The Rao Law Firm, P.L., Lutz, Florida

CLE: Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course and Advanced Practice Update
CLE: Community Association Law – The New Normal
CLE: Attorney Fees: Statutes, Contracts, Rules, Ethical Consideration and Fatal Mistakes – Who is Going to Pay You?
CLE: Homestead Issues for Real Estate and Probate Lawyers – “Hitting a Home Run with Homestead”
RPPTL General Sponsors
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