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Henderson Franklin Legal News and Updates
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to providing regular updates to
our valued clients and the community regarding legal matters that may influence their
businesses and families. We are pleased to present articles and news shared in May
2024 for your reference and awareness.  

Divorce, Marital and Family Law

Child Custody and Visitation During Summer Break
Navigating child custody and visitation during summer break can be challenging. In her
latest post, Florida divorce, marital and family law attorney Christy O’Brien offers valu-
able insights and practical tips for modifying timesharing schedules, planning vacation
travel, managing increased expenses, and maintaining stability for your children. Click
here to learn how to make summer visitation a positive experience for everyone involve-

Employment Law

New Florida Employment Law Changes Taking Effect July 1, 2024
Changes to Florida’s employment laws are on the horizon, with new legislation taking
effect on July 1, 2024. Employment law chair Scott Atwood breaks down the key as-
pects of CS/HB 433, including preemption of local employment regulations, contract-
or preference restrictions, and heat exposure guidelines. Understanding these changes
is crucial for ensuring compliance and avoiding legal risks. Click here to read the full
article and learn how your business can stay ahead of these developments.  

Estate Planning

Protect Your Nest Egg: Scam Prevention for Florida Retirees
With Florida ranking second in the nation for elderly fraud losses, it’s more important than
ever for our seniors to stay informed and vigilant. In her latest article, Naples wills, trusts,
and estate planning attorney Amanda Dorio, outlines  tips and strategies to help Florida
retirees protect themselves from common scams. Click here to read more.  

In the News

Richard Akin Elected to Henderson Franklin’s Executive Committe
Following Henderson Franklin’s recent annual meeting, stockholder Richard Akin was
elected to the Executive Committee. He brings extensive experience in administrative
litigation, land use and zoning matters, and civil litigation. Richard’s dedication to our
clients and the community has earned him numerous accolades, including being named
a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated from 2020 to 2023. Commenting on his new role,
Richard shares:

“Being elected to Henderson Franklin’s Executive Committee is a profound honor and
unique privilege. As we commemorate a century of service, I am inspired by the firm’s
past and energized to contribute to its future. I am also grateful for the trust placed in
me and look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success and growth.” 
Click here to read the full press release.

Henderson Franklin Names Scott Beatty as Business Litigation Department Chair
Stockholder Scott Beatty has been appointed as the new chair of the Business Litigation
Department. With nearly three decades of experience in Florida litigation, he is well-equip-
ped to lead our team and continue the exceptional work of his predecessor, sharing: “I want
to thank Carlos Kelly for his service as the immediate past chair. I look forward to continu-
ing to work on his progress and achievements that have bolstered our ability to best assist
our clients when they need us most—during the challenging times of litigation.” Click
here to read the full press release.

Henderson Franklin Welcomes Braxton Bowen to the Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Team
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Braxton Bowen to its wills, trusts, and estate
planning team. Shareholder Richard Mancini, co-chair of the department, shares: “We
are delighted to welcome Braxton to Henderson Franklin, particularly as we celebrate our
100th year of service. His experience and dedication to personalized client service align
perfectly with our firm’s values. His experience in estate planning, probate, and trust
administration will be a tremendous asset to our clients and our team.” Click here to
read the full press release.

Colby Keefe Elevated to Real Estate Department Chair
Colby Keefe has been named chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Since joining
the firm in 2021, she has made significant contributions, particularly in representing com-
munity associations and real estate development projects.  Managing lawyer and former
chair Edward Canterbury shares: “I am grateful for the opportunity to have led the Real
Estate Department and am thrilled to pass the baton to Colby. She has demonstrated ex-
ceptional skill and dedication in her practice, and I have no doubt that her leadership will
be instrumental in guiding our department forward. I fully support and encourage her as
she takes on this new role during our firm’s centennial celebration. I am confident that un-
der her direction, our team will continue to excel and deliver the high-quality service our
clients expect.” Click here to read the full press release.  

Henderson Franklin Welcomes Michael Scharff to Administration Team
We’re excited to introduce Michael Scharff as our new Facilities and Support Services
Manager! He brings a wealth of experience in facilities management, with a proven track
record of leading significant projects. He shares, “I am excited to join the Henderson Franklin
team, especially as the firm celebrates its 100th anniversary. My focus will be on maintaining
and enhancing our building systems, fostering a collaborative environment, and ensuring that
our facilities operate efficiently and effectively. I look forward to supporting our staff and con-
tributing to the firm’s continued success during this milestone year and beyond.” Click here to
read the full press release.

As members of the local community, we extend a warm invitation to join us at upcoming
events, including:

-June 5, Florida Planning and Zoning Association Calusa Chapter Annual Conference

-June 5, Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Liability Claims Conference, Orlando

-June 7, Collier County Bar Association Installation Luncheon, Naples

-June 12, Public Risk Management of Florida’s Annual Educational Conference, Naples

-July 22, Michael Corso will present an Ethics and AI CLE for the Lee County Bar Assoc-
iation Young Lawyers Division.
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