Happy New Year!

“Here’s to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; Here’s to the things that are yet to come and to the memories that we hold.”   If ever there was a year to usher out to welcome in the new year, this is it! Gibbons | Neuman wishes everyone a Happy […]

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Happy Holidays from Gibbons | Neuman!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller   From all of us at Gibbons | Neuman, may the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New […]

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Mediation Mistakes: Client Statements

Most mediations begin with a general session. In the general session, the parties and their attorneys are present and the attorneys will present their client’s case through an opening statement. They will present their client’s case in a light most favorable to their client. I typically warn the parties in advance of this and advise […]

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To All That Have Served, We Thank You

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” — Abraham Lincoln   Happy Veteran’s Day from Gibbons | Neuman

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Happy Halloween!

“Have you come to sing pumpkin carols?” Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Have a safe and happy Halloween…and turn back your clocks one hour.

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Mediation Tips- Attorney’s Fees

When mediating a case in which attorney’s fees and costs are available to the prevailing party, each side should come to the mediation with an up-to-date accounting of their attorney’s fees and costs. Failing to have an up-to-date accounting will often “tilt” the other side who may have come to the mediation in good faith, […]

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Unique Planning Opportunity for Disabled or Chronically Ill Beneficiaries

There is good news for clients with family members or other beneficiaries who are disabled or chronically ill.  The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was integrated into the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020.  The SECURE Act has been big news in the special needs planning community, as it carved out […]

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Happy Labor Day!

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone here at Gibbons | Neuman wishes you and your family a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

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MEDIATION SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY

We often hear the phrase “settlement authority” at mediation. What does this really mean? Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.720(b) requires (unless otherwise permitted by the Court or stipulated by the parties, in writing) the following to attend mediation: (1) a party or a party representative having full authority to settle without further consultation, (2) […]

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