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Monthly Archives from April 2018

Should You Discuss Your Estate Planning with Your Beneficiaries in Advance?

Co-authored by Sharon L. Palmer, ACP, FRP When finished executing their estate planning documents, our clients very often exhale a sigh of relief. They exclaim how happy they are to, “have all of this over with”. We certainly understand their feelings. It can be daunting, to say the least, to work on your estate plan, deciding who will inherit what and who will manage and distribute your assets after you pass away. In fact, it can be downright stressful […]

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Marks Gray Attorneys Named Best Lawyers of 2018

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys are named Best Lawyers in Jacksonville, Jeptha F. Barbour is honored as one of the Lawyers of the Year and The Florida Supreme Court Board Certified attorneys are recognized in their legal specialty in Jacksonville Magazine. Best Lawyers 2018 Jeptha F. Barbour – Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance, Medical Malpractice  Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants,  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants […]

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USPTO’s New Program to Combat Trademark Application Fraud

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a pilot program allowing users to protest trademark applications filed with improper specimens that are digitally created, altered, or fabricated. This program was implemented to combat the growing problem with illegitimate filings, particularly those from China. Many of these fraudulent applicants are not actually using their marks in the United States. Instead they doctor specimens to reserve the rights to the mark, often by adding text […]

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FAQ – H-1B Visas Going…Going…Gone. Now What?

Alternative Work Visas to Consider  With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa? Download our quick guide to alternative work visa options to consider below. You can also learn more details about these work visas in my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon. Download Now

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Trust Administration versus Probate—What’s the Difference?

Co–authored by Kristine M. Scott, Estate Planning Associate Most people elect to create revocable trusts during their lifetime in conjunction with their last will and testament, so they can avoid a probate of all or part of their estate at their death. But what is the difference between administering a trust at the grantor’s death or probating the assets? Any asset titled in the name of an individual as trustee can be administered and distributed at the grantor’s […]

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Calling Someone a Drunkard Is Libel – Unless It’s True

Making public statements —written or verbal—about someone’s professional or personal conduct is risky business. I wrote about some of the dangers in a recent post. The news media know the law. They must have facts to back up reports about a person’s conduct, performance, competency, health, or morals, so they work to avoid rank speculation and rumor. But today, the risk goes beyond the traditional news media. With the internet, everyone has an available printing […]

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