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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 May 2023.
Navigating Landlord Tenant Disputes in Florida: 5 Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Business Litigation Attorney Michael-Anthony Pica discusses common problems that
often come up between landlords and tenants. He gives practical advice to help landlords
understand their legal rights and duties. Click here to read more.
23 2023 Unlocking the Mysteries of Guardianship Law in Florida: Your Top Questions Answered!
Naples trust and estate planning attorney Amanda Dorio addresses frequently asked
questions regarding guardianship law in Florida. She sheds light on various topics,
including who is eligible to file for guardianship, the procedure for obtaining guardianship,
methods to challenge a guardianship, and the possibility of terminating a guardianship.
Click here to read more.
Florida’s New Legislation Provides More Protection for Contractors and Design Professionals
In April, Governor DeSantis signed into law SB 360, which brings significant changes to
how construction defect claims are handled in Florida. This law aims to provide added
protections for those in the construction industry. Some of the key changes include a
shorter time period for filing design and construction defect claims, clearer guidelines
for multi-building projects, and a new requirement for claims relating to Florida’s Building
Code. Matthew Belcastro, a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law expert, explains
how these changes may impact your business. Click here to read more.
  Florida Divorce Law Faces Major Changes with Two Bills Pending Before the House and Senate
Fort Myers divorce, marital and family law attorney Kayla Richmond explores two
developments that may have an impact on Florida’s divorce law. The first issue addressed
is Greyson’s Law, while the second pertains to the matter of shared parental responsibility
following the establishment of paternity. Click here to read more.
Navigating the Complexities of Estate Planning: 5 Common Challenges for Corporate Trustees in Florida
Florida probate attorney Richard Mancini explores the vital role that corporate trustees
play in overseeing trust assets, making investment choices, and protecting the beneficiaries’
interests. He highlights five typical challenges encountered by corporate trustees and offers
valuable advice to address these hurdles. Click here to read more.
Stay Afloat: Top 5 Safety Issues Florida Boaters Need to Know
Prepare yourself for the upcoming summer boating season with valuable information from 
Amanda Sharkey Ross, a Florida maritime lawyer. Gain essential insights on National Safe
Boating Week, the potential consequences of boating under the influence, and other critical
topics related to boating safety. Click here to read more.
Live Local Act and Its Major Effects on Development Approvals for Affordable Housing
Governor Ron DeSantis also recently approved SB 102, known as the “Live Local Act.”
This groundbreaking legislation brings about significant changes to zoning laws, limits
the control of local governments over regulating affordable housing, and promotes an
environment that emphasizes affordability and ease of access. To shed light on the implications
of this new law and its impact on developers involved in affordable housing projects, Florida
land use and zoning attorney Taylor Bollt provides clarity on the new law and what it means
for developers of affordable housing projects. Click here to read more.  

In the News
Erin Houck-Toll Elected to Henderson Franklin’s Executive Committee
During the firm’s recent annual meeting, Erin Houck-Toll was elected to the Executive
Committee. This appointment is a testament to her remarkable experience of nearly twenty
years, outstanding leadership abilities, and unwavering dedication to her clients.
Click here to read more.
Business Litigation Attorney Melany Hernandez to Serve on The Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Business litigation attorney Melany Hernandez has been chosen to join The Florida Bar’s
Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In this capacity, she will participate in initiatives that
strive to cultivate diversity, inclusion, and equity within both the legal community and
The Florida Bar. This appointment is a reflection of her unwavering commitment to
promoting diversity and advancing equality in the legal profession.
For further details, click here.
Discover Strategies to Avoid Legal Malpractice with Litigation Expert  Michael Corso at Collier County Bar Association's Family Law Forum
At next week’s Collier County Bar Association’s Family Law Forum, Florida Board
Certified Litigation expert Michael Corso will delve into frequent malpractice issues
in the family law arena. His presentation will offer attorneys valuable insights and
practical advice. Click here to read more.
Florida Bar Empowers Future Lawyers with Zekri’s Appointment as Vice Chair of Student Education Committee
Iman Zekri, a divorce, marital, and family law attorney, has been selected as the Vice
Chair of the Student Education and Admission to The Florida Bar Committee. This
appointment recognizes her dedication to advancing the legal field and supporting Florida
law schools in nurturing the next generation of legal practitioners. Click here to read more.

As committed members of the local community, we extend a warm invitation to join us at
upcoming events, including:
-June 2, Michael Corso will be speaking on professional liability at the Collier County Bar
Association’s Family Law Forum
-June 15, Michael Corso, along with Melissa Pigott, Ph.D. of Magnus Research Consultants, Inc.,
will present “Maximizing Litigation Outcomes” at the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s
2023 Florida Liability Claims Conference. The Florida Bar has approved the conference for 
14.5 CLE’s including 1 Mental Health and Wellness, 1 Bias Elimination, 1 Technology, and
14.5 Civil Trial Certification Credits. The Department of Financial Services has also approved
12 Florida adjuster CE credits.

Our team is available to present on various legal topics at your place of business, association or
conference. If you are interested in exploring this avenue, please reach out to
Gail Lamarche, Director of Marketing & Business Development at [email protected]
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