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May 2022

Legal 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 blogs, articles, and firm news published in May 2022.

The Florida legislature’s special session held this week resulted in new laws aimed to promote condominium building safety. Senate Bill 4D passed the House of Representatives and Senate each, and was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 26, 2022. Click here to read more from Florida association lawyer Colby Keefe.

Owning real property has always been a staple investment vehicle for people throughout history. One attractive feature of investing in real property is that it may also double as a Homestead. In other cases, real estate investments may be rental, commercial or recreational (i.e. your log cabin or private island).
Whatever the case may be, it is important to understand that real estate can be owned in several ways, each of which has important legal consequences when it comes to leaving it to your loved ones upon death. Failing to understand how you legally own your property and how it will be passed on to your loved ones can lead to unintended, and often unforeseen consequences. Click here to read more from Naples wills, trusts and estate planning attorney Anthony Cetrangelo.

When you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, it is important to choose the right divorce attorney for you and your unique situation. Choosing the right divorce attorney can often be the difference between a reasonably priced, fairly quick divorce and a long, expensive, emotional legal battle. Florida divorce, marital and family law attorney Christy O’Brien shares tips on how to find the one that is the right fit for you. Click here to read the full article.

In the News

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that maritime lawyer Amanda Sharkey Ross spoke at the Rotary Club of Fort Myers on May 17 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. During her interactive discussion, she provided information on boating under the influence, best practices with regard to title, registration and insurance, and addressed audience questions. Click here to read more.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Florida divorce, marital and family law attorney Iman Zekri was featured in the article: “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became An Attorney,” published by Authority Magazine. Authority Magazine shares empowering interviews and insights of celebrities and professionals in diverse industries. The publication is an advocate for the work that Arianna Huffington and Thrive Global are doing to help individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance and unlock their greatest potential. Click here to read more.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that The Florida Bar Tax Section celebrated Guy E. Whitesman as the 2021-2022 Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year at a reception held Saturday evening, May 21, 2022. During the reception, City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin B. Anderson honored Whitesman with a key to the city. The tradition of granting a key to the city dates back to medieval times, and it symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents. Whitesman was honored with a key to the City of Fort Myers for his outstanding contributions and dedication of service to the community. Click here to read the full article.
Photos of the awards celebration, courtesy of Mike Shapiro Photography, may be viewed on Henderson Franklin’s Facebook page, click here.

Henderson Franklin’s attorneys are honored to present seminars that address important legal issues. Our attorneys are also available to present in-house seminars at your place of business.
If your organization would like to host a similar presentation to your members, please reach out to Gail Lamarche, Henderson Franklin’s Director of Marketing and Business Development at for scheduling.
A few upcoming engagements include:
• June 2, 2022 – Land use department chair Jeff Wright and real estate attorney Kaylee Tuck will give a Legislative Update at the 2022 FPZA State Conference at South Seas Resort.
• June 7, 2022 – Real estate department chair Amanda Barritt will be among the speakers at the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Leadership NEXT event, “Judges and Lawyers: Exploring Careers in Justice,” taking place on Tuesday, June 7 at the Lee County Justice Center. The event will delve into the careers of judges and attorneys, with guest speakers discussing the duties and responsibilities they perform in and out of the courtroom. To register, click here.
• June 15, 2022 – Litigation attorney Robert Shearman will participate on the Attorney Roundtable portion at the next 2022 Public Risk Management of Florida Educational Conference taking place at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.
• September 15, 2022 – Intellectual property department chair Mark Nieds will present, “Speaking for Fort Myers Chamber: Cryptocurrency 101 – What is it? What’s behind it? Where’s it going?” at the Greater Fort Myers General Membership Luncheon.

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