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  Henderson Franklin Legal News and Updates
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated
on legal issues impacting their businesses and families.

Below please find the articles and news shared in March 2023.

  April 3, 2023 is the Deadline to Apply for a Partial Property Tax Refund
Was your residential dwelling rendered uninhabitable by Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Nicole?
You may be eligible for a partial refund of your 2022 property taxes. Florida Real Estate and
Association lawyer Colby Keefe provides the details you need to know. Click here to read more.

Divorce and the Family Business
In her article “Divorce and the Family Business,” Christy O’Brien, chair of the firm’s Divorce, Marital and
Family Law Department, provides guidance on navigating the intricacies of divorce when a family business
is involved, outlining the necessary steps to take to ensure a smooth process. Click here to read more.

USPTO Launches Green Energy Category for Incentive Program
Are you an inventor or business owner working on green technologies or energy solutions?
U.S. Registered Patent Attorney Lee Rendeiro discusses the latest announcement from the
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding a new Green Energy Category
as part of their Incentive Program. To read more on how it can benefit those working in the
green energy sector, click here.

What is a Dynasty Trust and Why Should You Have One in Florida?
Richard Mancini provides an overview of what a dynasty trust is, and why it’s worth
considering in Florida. Whether you’re just starting to think about estate planning,
or you’re looking to update your existing plan, this post shares valuable insights on how
to protect your assets for generations to come. Click here to read more.

March Madness Mayhem: Navigating Employment Law Issues in the Workplace
Basketball fans worldwide tune in to see their favorite teams compete for the championship.
However, with millions of employees potentially distracted by the games, productivity may
take a hit. As a business owner, it’s crucial to understand these risks and take steps to mitigate
them. Florida employment lawyer Scott Atwood offers practical tips to help navigate this
exciting but potentially challenging time of year. Click here to read more.

NIL, Estate Planning and the Florida College Athlete
Are you a college athlete, or do you know someone who is? If so, it’s essential to understand the
implications of the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) policy. Under this policy, college athletes
can now profit from their name, image, and likeness without risking their eligibility to participate
in college sports. This new policy, however, has significant implications for estate planning. 
Anthony Cetrangelo explores key estate planning issues related to NIL and college athletics.
Click here to read more.

Lee County Implements Changes to Building and Licensing Matters to Keep Up with Surging Demand
With demand for construction, licensing and contracting services surging in Southwest Florida,
land use and zoning attorney Taylor Bollt recaps the recent Lee BIA notice sharing key updates
impacting the procedures and protocols that individuals and businesses must follow when
submitting permit applications and seeking licensing. Click here to read more.  

In the News
Scott Beatty Honored by Boy Scouts in America with Silver Beaver Award
Humbled by the award, Scott Beatty shares “the Boy Scouts of America has been a big part
of my life and the lives of my sons, Robert and Thomas, both Eagle Scouts. Receiving the
Silver Beaver award is an impressive award and recognition. But it pales in comparison to
the countless lives impacted by the contributions made by all adults who volunteer their time
to the Scouting program.” Click here to read more

Matthew Brust Joins Board of Lee County Bar Association Foundation
Invited by the Immediate Past-President of the Foundation, Business Litigation attorney
Shannon Puopolo, Matthew Brust is honored to serve on the Foundation Board.
The Foundation is dedicated to helping local charities that serve those in need, support charitable
causes for the benefit of youth and the disadvantaged, and increase education and community
awareness of the law. Click here to read more.

Cetrangelo and Mancini Named Estate Planning Department Co-Chairs
Meet stockholders Anthony Cetrangelo and C. Richard Mancini, new Co-Chairs of
Henderson Franklin’s Trusts and Estate Planning and Litigation Departments. 
Cetrangelo, who works in the Naples office, supports clients in every aspect of setting up an
estate plan. The majority of Mancini’s practice encompasses handling contested guardianships,
estate, trust, and probate matters, as well as breach of fiduciary duty litigation.
Click here to read more.

Florida Association Attorney Colby Keefe Graduates from Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class
The program, designed to develop and enhance leadership skills, equips participants with
the knowledge and tools to make positive contributions to the community. “I am honored
to have been a part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and
to have had the opportunity to learn and grow alongside such an exceptional group of professionals,”
said Colby Keefe. “The skills and knowledge gained from this program will be invaluable as I
continue to serve my clients and the community.” Click here to read more.

Local Law Firm Leaders Share Insight on Crisis Management During Natural Disasters on International Passle CMO Series Podcast
Managing Stockholder Douglas Szabo and Gail Lamarche, the firm’s Director of Marketing and
Business Development, were featured in a recent episode of The CMO Series podcast produced
by Passle. They share valuable lessons and advice for law firm leaders and administrative professionals
on planning crisis communications to be better prepared for future events. Additionally, they highlight
the outstanding responsiveness of the attorneys and staff who came together to offer much-needed aid
to the community. Click here to read more or here to listen to the podcast.

Puopolo Sworn in as Secretary of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association
“We are extremely proud of Shannon’s appointment as Secretary of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy
Professionals Association,” said Douglas Szabo, Henderson Franklin’s Managing Stockholder.
“Her dedication to the practice of bankruptcy law and her commitment to the local legal community
make her an excellent choice for this position. We are confident she will significantly contribute to the
association and its members.” Click here to read more.

Startup Bootcamp Returns to Ave Maria Law School
U.S. Registered Patent Attorney Lee Rendeiro and Business & Tax Attorney Matthew Brust, both from
the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., will present “Startup Bootcamp” at Ave Maria
Law School on April 5, 2023. The course is a valuable opportunity for early-stage founders to gain the
knowledge they need to create and protect their startup businesses. Click here to read more.

If your organization would be interested in this program, please reach out to Gail Lamarche, Henderson
Franklin’s Director of Marketing and Business Development at [email protected].

    Litigation Attorney Michael Versnik Returns to Henderson Franklin
Matthew Belcastro, chair of the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department, shares, 
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael back to Henderson Franklin. His extensive litigation experience
and commitment to his clients make him an invaluable asset to our team.” Click here to read more.    
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