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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Breaking the Mediation Impasse

It’s late in the day and the mediation negotiations have stalled. What do we do; give up or push on?  The following are some of my solutions for “Breaking the Impasse”:   Challenge the parties on their positions. Are they being reasonable?  Are there  better alternatives to declaring an impasse to the mediation?  Ask the […]

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Happy Fourth of July!

Gibbons | Neuman wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July!  Stay safe and stay healthy. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” —George Washington

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Happy Memorial Day!

Everyone at Gibbons | Neuman wishes you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. “As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one.” –Beth Pennington

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