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We all know Gainesville as the Poultry Capital of the World. With this title comes strict rules about eating chicken. In 1961, the City of Gainesville adopted an ordinance that chicken is a delicacy that can only be eaten with your hands.

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Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Over my many years of assisting executors and family members deal with settling the estates of loved ones, I've noticed an odd phenomenon: Often there are no squabbles regarding assets having high financial value, but in family after family there are ugly fights over who receives certain personal effects having little or no financial value but great sentimental value.

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Published Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court held in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racially segregated public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

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Published Monday, June 5, 2017

In a previous Legal Brief, we discussed the importance of a business having a buy-sell agreement. Buy-sell agreements are an important part of business succession plans. Companies without one can find themselves in a tough position if something happens to one of the owners. 

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Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What would happen to your business if something happened to you or your partner such as one of you dying, becomes disabled and not able to work, or retires. This could lead to your business failing and you employees losing their jobs. There are ways to protect against that happening. 

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Published Thursday, May 4, 2017

On March 3, 1879, Belva Lockwood became the first woman admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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Published Monday, April 17, 2017

In our previous Legal Briefs blog, we began a discussion on how an attorney can help when you start a business.

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Published Monday, March 13, 2017

The Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Gainesville is named for one of Stewart Melvin & Frost’s former partners – Sidney O. Smith Jr.

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Published Thursday, March 2, 2017

The number of business start-ups in the United States was a little less than 500,000 last year. It’s the dream of many Americans to start their own business. It’s important that you establish your business correctly to ensure the best chance for long-term success and survival. Investing in a good business attorney on the front end is a wise move to build a firm foundation and a good start.

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Published Monday, February 20, 2017

There is a part of the Federal estate and gift tax laws that most are not aware of and don’t take advantage of.  Portability and affects many estates which would not otherwise be concerned about estate and gift taxes.

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Published Monday, January 23, 2017

If you got a drone for Christmas and haven’t registered it yet with the Federal Aviation Administration, you need to.

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Published Monday, January 9, 2017

Whether it's the holiday season or that summer cookout around the pool, party host need to know their responsibilities when alcoholic beverages are served. You should already know that it's important to practice moderation. But what about the other guy? How far should you go to make sure that a friend or fellow party-goer doesn't' drink too much and gets behind the wheel of a car? 

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Published Monday, December 5, 2016

When a loved one passes away, family members are dealing with grief, making funeral arrangements and the uncertainty of what to do next. Soon after death there are practical steps to deal with in addition to probate work and settling the deceased’s estate.

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Published Monday, November 14, 2016

Determining the payment of child support is an important facet of a divorce case. It is also important if the parents are not married but financial support to the custodial parent is needed.

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Published Monday, October 17, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We want to take a moment to discuss how technology can play a role in domestic violence and divorce cases as one spouse tries to control another.

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Published Monday, October 3, 2016
by Stewart Melvin & Frost Family Law Division