Announcement – Firm Administrator Bill Murphy Anniversary

On February 28, 2016, Firm Administrator Bill Murphy celebrated three years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA.  When Bill joined the firm in 2013, he brought with him over 25 years of experience in law office administration.  Happy Anniversary, Bill!

 

Collaborative Divorce May Become State-Wide Law in Florida

Florida House Bill 967 titled “Collaborative Law Process Act”, if enacted, would, among other things, establish a state-wide system for Collaborative Law effective July 1, 2016.  Collaborative Law is an alternative dispute resolution process wherein the parties, attorneys, and neutral third-party professionals use cooperative strategies to assist the parties in achieving an amicable resolution to their differences.  The House unanimously passed HB 967 on February 24, 2016.  The Senate has an identical bill (SB 972) actively pending.  To track the progress of HB 967, click here.  To track the progress of SB 972, click here. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA track pending legislation which may affect their client’s interests.

Is a presumption of equal timesharing in Florida’s future?

The Senate recently passed Senate Bill 250. If enacted in its current form, beginning October 1, 2016, it would create a presumption that “approximately equal time-sharing with a minor child by both parents” is in the child’s best interest. Click on the link below to read an article discussing additional details of the bill and its current status. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA stay abreast of potential changes in the law which may affect their clients’ interests.

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4th Annual ABTA Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k – March 26, 2016

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske invites you to mark your calendars for the 4th Annual American Brain Tumor Association Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k in Tampa Bay on March 26, 2016.  The event opens at 7:00 AM and the 5k begins at 8:30 AM .  Caroline asks you to consider supporting this event in memory and support of her family member, friend, and all others who have battled a brain tumor.  To join Caroline’s 5k team (“For Pete’s Sake”), click on this link.  To register for the 5k independently, click on this link.  Should you wish to donate to the American Brain Tumor Association, click on this link.   Caroline hopes to see you on March 26th!

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Announcement – Paralegal Shannon Morlan Anniversary

On February 16, 2016, Paralegal Shannon Morlan celebrated one year of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA.  Congratulations, Shannon!

Announcement – Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta in 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in Florida by ASLA

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta’s selection as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in the State of Florida for 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.  Her selection was the culmination of a months-long process in which ASLA independently researched information on tens of thousands of lawyers, resulting in Jennifer’s selection for inclusion in a group comprising of less than 1.5% of lawyers overall.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

Announcement – Attorney Alex Caballero Presentation on Equitable Distribution

On February 4, 2016, Attorney Alex Caballero co-presented a 2 hour continuing legal education seminar titled “Complex Issues in Equitable Distribution” for the Marital & Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  Mr. Caballero spoke on the issues of business valuations in equitable distribution and stock options, restricted shares, and other employee benefits.  As a board certified attorney in Marital and Family Law and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he speaks frequently on family law matters and specializes in handling complex family law matters.