Marks Gray is pleased to announce attorney Edward L. Birk was elected Vice President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) at its 77th Annual meeting in Austin, Texas on April 21, 2018. Mr. Birk has served as Treasurer and a member since 2003. The ADTA is an organization of defense lawyers which accepts members by invitation only, allowing only one prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across […]Continue Reading
Should You Discuss Your Estate Planning with Your Beneficiaries in Advance?
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 trying to determine […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 NowContinue Reading
Trust Administration versus Probate—What’s the Difference?
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 death much more simply, quickly […]Continue Reading