News & Resources

Monthly Archives from February 2018

Trustee Misbehaving? It Can Have Dire Consequences – Part 1

Co–authored by Kristine M. Scott, Estate Planning Associate The role of Trustee comes with very serious responsibilities. Not only has the person who created the trust, the Grantor, relied on that person to fulfill the Grantor’s intentions after his or her death, the beneficiaries rely on Trustees to perform the Trustee role in their best interests. In some cases, the Trustee may be the only means for a beneficiary to pay everyday living expenses, medical costs, and the […]

Continue Reading

Open Government and the Importance of Lobbyists’ Transparency

Open government is the best government, and we are fortunate that Florida has some of the strongest open records laws and policies in the country. Though not perfect, they do a good job of promoting a more transparent and accountable government. One such policy began in 2016 when Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, implemented new House rules. The new rules require lobbyists to register and publicly disclose who they’re lobbying for and what […]

Continue Reading

USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

Continue Reading

Broughan Helps Coordinate Reception for Justice Stephen Breyer

Marks Gray attorney Crystal T. Broughan attended the Chester Bedell Inns of Court/ABOTA cocktail reception for the Fireside chat with Justice Stephen Breyer on January 22, 2018 at University of North Florida. Here is a photo of the group of hardworking people who coordinated the reception.

Continue Reading

Beware of Potential Scams During Tax Season

Co-authored by Sharon L. Palmer, ACP, FRP It’s that time of year again. Of course, our thoughts are turning to preparing our income tax returns – and imagining all the different ways we can “invest” our tax refund! Perhaps a down payment on a new car, something new for your home, maybe that vacation you’ve been dreaming about, or even getting your estate planning done. One thing is for certain – you’re not the only one who’s thinking of […]

Continue Reading

Marks Gray Attorney Ed Birk’s TV Interview with News4Jax

On January 31, 2018, Marks Gray news media and First Amendment attorney Edward Birk was interviewed outside the Duval County courthouse by New4Jax. Birk represents Graham Media Group/News4Jax in a dispute about what evidence will be made public in the high-profile case involving the 1998 kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley as a newborn. News4Jax and a coalition of news organizations filed a public records request to the State Attorney’s Office about the case, but defendant Gloria Williams’ […]

Continue Reading