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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – Dollar figures found in bankruptcy regulations were recently adjusted for inflation. The United States Bankruptcy Code has many rules that involve specific dollar amounts, such as the value of exempted assets or the limits on eligibility for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Every three years, on the 1st of April, those numbers are adjusted for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers and rounded to the nearest $25. “It is important that these figures be adjusted periodically for inflation,” commented Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “The numbers determine […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill to create a statewide domestic partner registry. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases pertaining to gay marriage, the Senate panel approved legislation that would grant specific rights to domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples. “This is a step forward for same-sex couples and other unmarried domestic partners in Florida,” said Tampa family lawyer Joshua Law. “These individuals often have a difficult time pursuing legal arrangements that are automatically bestowed upon married couples.” The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – A Miami jury handed a businessman a huge cash award in his dispute with a bank. Maury Rosenberg was awarded $6.1 million in a case against U.S. Bank. Rosenberg alleged the bank was trying to collect on his debt by forcing him into involuntary bankruptcy. The jury found that the bank acted in bad faith. “Forcing a debtor into bankruptcy as a means of trying to collect on a debt is prohibited by federal law,” said Brandon bankruptcy lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The verdict includes punitive damages of $5 million and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a federal court must hear a father’s child custody claim. Jeffrey Chafin, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, found great solace in the Court’s 9-0 decision overturning the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that the case was beyond the legal reach of U.S. courts. Joshua Law, a Brandon divorce attorney who is not involved in the case, commented, “This is an unusual case to be argued before the Supreme Court, which only hears a tiny fraction of the cases appealed to it each year. Regardless […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2013 – The number of working poor in America continues to grow. That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Working Poor Project. The working poor are families struggling with poverty, despite having working parents. Much of the recent decline in unemployment comes from relatively low-paying jobs in the service and retail industries. Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “It is sad to see that despite the employment situation improving somewhat, the problem of poverty continues to grow. Huge numbers of American families are struggling to stay afloat.” According to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – The owner of a company in bankruptcy proceedings was recently jailed for three days for contempt of court. Marvin Chaney, 61, founder of RoboVault, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on January 29 on the orders of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson for violation of court orders. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “This goes to show you how important it is to follow carefully a judge’s instructions, no matter what type of case you are involved in.” Olson issued the arrest order after Chaney and his attorney, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2013 – An estate in bankruptcy means any tax refund will likely become the property of the bankruptcy trustee. Many Floridians are looking forward to receiving an income tax refund from the federal government in the coming weeks and months. Some will use it to catch up on their bills, and others will perhaps treat themselves to something special. But anyone considering filing for bankruptcy in Florida should carefully consider what to do with their tax refund. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton warned, “A pending tax refund for a person in bankruptcy […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – Bankruptcies are down in Florida. Bankruptcy filings in South Florida plunged 19 percent in December 2012, as compared with the same month a year ago, according to recently-released federal data. Following the Great Recession, Americans may be adjusting to a new standard of living and are better able to control their spending. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “People seem to be getting used to a ‘new normal’ and making lasting adjustments to their spending habits. Living within lowered means is unfortunately the price many must pay to stay out […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The “fiscal cliff” deal is a good deal for some families. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, also known as the “fiscal cliff” deal, is good news to families who plan to adopt a child or who have recently done so. The Act, signed into law by President Obama on January 1, 2013, makes permanent the existing adoption tax credit. Tampa family law attorney Joshua Law commented, “This is very welcome news for many American families. Too often, there are daunting expenses involved in adopting a child. This tax credit […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2013 – Divorce affects everyone differently. In this case, the woman spray painted a courthouse. “Divorce is a highly stressful event for everyone, particularly if there are kids involved,” pointed out Joshua Law, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “But even with the stress and tension being at an all time high, it is better to aim for an amicable divorce than a contentious one.” Consider the recent act of spray painting by an angry Florida woman in the middle of a divorce and custody battle. She took out her fury with a can of […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17 , 2013 – No one really looks forward to filing for bankruptcy. Often it was the last choice the debtor had to make. “Most people do not want to declare bankruptcy, and it is the last solution they turn to when all else fails,” said Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy attorney. Many Americans these days are all too familiar with bankruptcy, and have either filed for bankruptcy themselves or know others that have. Along with those stories come a number of rumors that are in direct conflict with reality. People used to often […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2013 – Every bankruptcy filed in the U.S. today is different. “No two bankruptcy cases are alike, even though a debtor may think their friend or relative is in the same boat as they are,” said Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy lawyer. “Often, although their situations may appear similar, there are significant differences that would mean each person needs to file under a different Chapter to declare bankruptcy.” If they choose a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, often referred to as a liquidation or straight bankruptcy, a trustee is appointed to sell all non-exempt […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court heard a child custody case arising between two lesbians, but the case may be remanded to a lower court. Attorneys on both sides of the case said it will probably not affect other couples. “Although this case is unusual, it illustrates that divorce and child custody matters have many potential complications,” said Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law. The genetic mother was an egg donor for her partner, who carried the child and gave birth in 2004. Two years later, the two women separated, and a child custody […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17 , 2012 – Three private equity firms have agreed to pay $166 million to creditors of Mervyn’s department store. This payment is to settle allegations that the firms fraudulently profited from the company and drove it into bankruptcy four years ago. “When a company faces bankruptcy, there is usually little profit to be found for anyone,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “Suspicion of these firms’ practices seems warranted, and is validated by this large settlement.” Mervyn’s creditors, mainly clothing companies, accused Cerberus Capital Management, Lubert-Adler, and Sun Capital of paying themselves […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11 , 2012 – American Airlines, one of the largest U.S. carriers, filed for bankruptcy protection last November. Employees have been waiting anxiously since then to find out whether they would be out of a job, and how soon. Florida-based employees recently received some news on that front, and it is not very encouraging. “When big employers like this go bankrupt, it can be devastating to large numbers of people and even whole communities,” said Tampa bankruptcy lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The worst-case scenario for the airline’s 9,000 South Florida employees is gloomy. The […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2012 – Divorce courts these days are seeing a lot fewer lawyers—and a lot more spouses choosing to represent themselves, a practice known as pro se. However, family attorneys warn that saving money on legal representation might cost people their rightful assets. “I am concerned that anyone getting divorced without legal representation may not be getting a fair deal when it comes to their financial concerns,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Tampa bankruptcy lawyer. “In many cases, they may not fully understand their rights and remedies.” Bad economic conditions prevailing across much of […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2012 – Debtors’ prisons have been generally outlawed in the United States since the mid-19th century. Recent reports show that legal distinction becoming blurred. The Constitution of the State of Florida, Section 11, states that “no person shall be imprisoned for debt, except in cases of fraud.” “Debt is a serious legal matter, but rightfully a civil matter, not a criminal one,” commented O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy attorney. When a creditor takes a debtor to court in Florida, the creditor will likely ask the court to order the debtor to submit […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2012 – It may sound like an exercise in despair to publicly declare one’s financial situation hopeless, but that is just what some people are doing in an attempt to rid themselves of stifling student loans. “Bankruptcy protection affords many people a measure of relief,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy attorney. “Student loan debt is usually not forgiven, but for truly desperate situations, there are strategies to consider.” Filing for bankruptcy protection can go a long way toward allowing a fresh start for those who find themselves in dire financial straits, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2012 – A gathering put on by a group called Split Partners, which provides support for people going through divorce, recently highlighted strategies to help those struggling with the process. “Divorce, while never a completely pleasant process, doesn’t have to be a source of extreme stress and personal anguish,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The emphasis society has placed on marriage, says the Split Partners founders, has led to great difficulty for some individuals following a divorce. Divorce can lead to a decline in personal income, as sharing living expenses and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and Evelyn Lozada are no longer married. Lozada filed for divorce from Johnson some 40 days after their wedding ceremony, after Johnson was arrested for domestic battery outside their Miami home. Johnson was accused of head-butting Lozada during a dispute. “Allegations of domestic violence are always troubling,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. “And victims need to stand up for their rights.” One month after his arrest, Johnson had a plea agreement approved by a Broward domestic violence judge. The six-time Pro Bowl player pled no […]


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