by Robert Napper
It has been a yr of impression at Ayo & Iken on behalf of our shoppers, and a yr of progress for the firm as we proceed to offer top-notch authorized providers to Floridians across the state. Be a part of us in reflecting on 2018 because it has really been a exceptional yr for all of us.
New Horizons: The yr ended with a bang for the firm with plans to open a new Ayo & Iken office in Ft. Lauderdale. The new workplace will probably be led by Lawyer Lee Feinberg, who in September entered his 26th yr training household regulation. Feinberg, who can also be a Florida Supreme Courtroom licensed mediator, will probably be training out of the South Florida Business Journal building at 6400 N. Andrews, in Fort Lauderdale. Feinberg’s degree of expertise and aggressiveness representing his shoppers can be an excellent asset to South Florida.
Righting a Fallacious: Orlando Lawyer Jason Ponder uncovered an egregious case of monetary abuse of his shopper by the Florida Division of Revenue in discovering the person had been paying hundreds more in youngster help than he should have. As the person navigated by way of his divorce, DOR filed an administrative order getting into month-to-month baby help at $2,600 without checking the financial statements of the man’s wife. Ultimately, the man retained Lawyer Ponder who took over his divorce and discovered the irregularity as his shopper’s spouse made far extra money than she disclosed to the state. It took months of painstaking work however the divorce was completed and Ponder proved the kid help mistake which ultimately led to the erasing of arrears that have been destroying his shopper financially. Ponder’s shopper is now paying $121-a-month in baby help.
“We strive for fairness first and foremost. Obviously, I could not be happier to get someone back on his feet and keeping him from getting raked over the coals by figures that are thrown out of mid-air,” Ponder stated.
Taking over the Problem: Household regulation may be rollercoaster as emotions typically run excessive in a divorce and grey space exists in a lot of the regulation. Ayo & Iken’s attorneys are all the time able to be aggressive and artistic on behalf of their shoppers. Some instances in level:
- Ayo & Iken St. Petersburg Lawyer Claudia Blackwell took on a particularly complicated monetary case in 2018 together with her shopper being a former major league baseball participant. Her shopper has a big pension and his spouse is a small business proprietor so this can be a basic case the place a forensic accountant was needed to take a look at the couple’s funds.
“The experts we employ in our cases are essential in understanding the factors that are important in a case whether it be financial, vocational, or issues involving children,” Blackwell stated.
- Ayo & Iken New Port Richey Lawyer Bruce Przepis took on the problem of going to courtroom to try to change a divorce settlement settlement; a troublesome process because the regulation likes finality, he stated. In the wanting on the case, nevertheless, Przepis noticed the settlement as a transparent case of a husband pressuring his wife to sign an settlement with out disclosing all of his monetary belongings.
- Ayo & Iken New Port Richey Lawyer Jason Coupal took what he believes to be a cutting-edge try and stop a 14-year-old woman from being bullied by one other 14-year-old woman. Coupal filed a stalking injunction towards the accused bully, a uncommon prevalence where minors are concerned. While a decide denied the injunction, the accused bully acquired extreme admonishment from the courtroom and warned that the injunction could be re-filed if the conduct continues.
Preventing for Youngsters: When youngsters are concerned, our attorneys work tirelessly to seek what is in their greatest curiosity. In lots of unfortunate instances, one dad or mum isn’t letting the opposite father or mother see a toddler. Or in drastic instances taking off with the youngsters to another jurisdiction or state. In 2018, there have been quite a few situations of quick motion by our attorneys that led to reunifications of mum or dad and youngster.
For example, in Tampa, Ayo & Iken Lawyer Lee Feinberg gained a decide’s order mandating a mother deliver again to Florida the 5-year-old daughter of his shopper, the father. She had taken the kid to New Jersey without his information setting off litigation.
One problem that had to be dealt with in the case is the couple is just not married, so while Feinberg’s shopper had raised the child from delivery, he did not have authorized paternity established.
Feinberg’s fast action establishing paternity for the father stored the case in Florida and ultimately a decide ordered the mother to return the child. Feinberg’s shopper now has 50/50 time-sharing together with his daughter if the mom stays in Florida, or majority custody if she continues to reside in New Jersey.
In Orlando, Ayo & Iken Lawyer Paul Moyer had a case the place he filed a motion for contempt towards a mom who refused to facilitate time-sharing for the father of their daughters. It was a difficult case because the daughters have been those refusing to go, but that also doesn’t absolve the mom from making them, if that is what the courtroom has ordered.
“It is a misconception that the child has some kind of veto power as to whether he or she spends time with a parent,” Moyer stated.
Typically a jurisdictional challenge as to the place a case might be heard is vital to a profitable consequence. Ayo & Iken New Port Richey Lawyer Howard Ellzey lately gained a victory as a Florida decide dominated in his favor that a youngster custody concern can be heard in Florida, as an alternative of Mississippi. It proved to be a aid for Ellzey’s shopper, who desperately needed to maintain the decision-making in Florida.
Teamwork: Ayo & Iken Tampa Lawyer and Associate Jeana Vogel turned a proud new mom in adopting her 5-year-old nephew in September. Not only did Vogel’s case heat hearts inside the firm, nevertheless it additionally highlighted teamwork inside Ayo & Iken that proved environment friendly in courtroom.
Leading as much as the adoption, it remained unclear whether the mother of Lawyer Vogel’s son, who had already had her parental rights terminated, would contest the adoption. Vogel’s colleague, Ayo & Iken Tampa Lawyer James Wimsatt, signed on to characterize her in courtroom, as the difficulty was far too emotional for Vogel to deal with herself.
It might come as a shock to some that one of the gifted household regulation attorneys within the area did not symbolize herself in her adoption.
“It really drove home the assertion that people should never represent themselves in an emotional situation,” Vogel stated. “It is so important to have an attorney in these high-stress situations where you may not be able to view the process objectively.”
Not solely is it sensible to rent an lawyer to handle troublesome legal situations, however it can be a thrill for the lawyer when things work out for all involved.
“It was such an honor to represent Jeana in her adoption. It meant a lot that she put her faith in me as her attorney,” Wimsatt stated.
A Twist of Destiny: Ayo & Iken Tampa Lawyer James Wimsatt had one of the extra fascinating and uncommon twists of fate that may make a reunion between a father and daughter official on paper after a number of many years. It’s a authorized state of affairs that seems to not often if have ever occurred, Wimsatt stated.
Wimsatt’s shopper is a California lady in her 30s who believed for most of her life that the man who signed her start certificate was her organic father. She lately discovered that not to be true and found her biological father dwelling in Pinellas County. The father and daughter struck up a relationship that continues to develop and Wimsatt’s shopper now needs her start certificate to be changed to have her father’s identify on it.
The problem is delivery certificates can’t be changed with out disestablishing paternity within the courtroom’s eyes from the one that signed it. On this case, unfortunately, the person who signed Wimsatt’s shopper’s start certificate has since passed away. Florida regulation, nevertheless, allows for a toddler to file an action of paternity, so Wimsatt’s shopper will probably be filing such an motion on her father, who then plans to admit to the declare thus paving the best way for the legal reunion.
Wimsatt stated he shall be ecstatic for his shopper and her father in a case that has raised the interest of his colleagues as being unique.
“Every lawyer I have talked to has said they have never seen anything like it before. Every judge I have talked to has said they have never seen anything like it before,” Wimsatt stated.
It just goes to point out that our attorneys aren’t afraid to interrupt new ground and tackle probably the most difficult instances.
Increasing Throughout the State and Sustaining Shopper Service: Partners Howard Iken and Alberto Ayo proceed to juggle the troublesome process of maintaining a caseload, striving for excellence with their shoppers, and guiding Ayo & Iken of their quest for statewide dominance. The yr 2018 noticed several improvements in the Ayo & Iken business model. One necessary space was the event of a classy shopper service division. This department works collectively to ensure incoming telephone calls are handled appropriately and potential new shoppers are shortly matched with an lawyer for an preliminary assembly. The department can also be outfitted with advanced techniques that permit a birds-eye view of each shopper’s case, financial standing, and an prompt overview of all stakeholders involved. This enables visibility and determination making on the most client-forward ranges of the firm.
Ayo & Iken additionally elevated state-wide protection of experienced paralegals and shopper service reps in every workplace. As said above, 2018 saw big funding in South Florida. Ayo & Iken arranged infrastructure to service shoppers in Palm Seashore County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. 2019 will see a speedy improve of attorneys and help workforce members to adequately service the needs of South Florida residents. While working on these tasks the 2 companions stay devoted to their personal shoppers.
Politics, Politics, and More Politics: As all the time, the firm offered in-depth coverage of the 2018 mid-term elections and all things household law-related in the course of the Florida legislative session. Keep tuned in 2019 for our legislative roundups that may talk about any bills filed within the legal area. One factor to be careful for subsequent yr is the potential for an alimony reform invoice being filed. We have now coated the difficulty extensively for years and will continue to take action in 2019.