Protecting Your Business and Personal Devices in the Wake of WannaCry

By | Virgin Islands Law Blog | June 27, 2017
A major cyberattack recently hit about 200,000 computers across more than 150 countries, with an especially considerable effect on individuals with older computers and operating systems, as well as large organizations and universities. The attack was performed via malware that has since become known as “WannaCry,” which was created and published by a hacker group called Shadow Brokers. View Full Post
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2015-16 Probate Court Filing Statistics

If you make your living in and around our probate courts you’ll find the FY 2015-16 Probate Court Statistical Reference Guide interesting reading. The chart below provides the “cases filed” data for three of our largest circuits/counties: Miami-Dade (11th Cir), Broward (17th Cir), and Palm Beach (15th Cir). View Full Post
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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Cap On Medical Malpractice Damages

The Supreme Court of Florida held that the state’s statutory caps on personal injury noneconomic damages in medical negligence actions violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution. The statute, section 766.118, set noneconomic damages caps of $500,000 per claimant in personal injury or wrongful death actions arising from medical negligence. View Full Post
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Federal Lawmakers Look to Repeal Estate Tax

Throughout the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly voiced his distaste for the estate tax, which he and the others who oppose it have taken to calling the “death tax.”  Although no legislation to repeal the tax has been proposed in Congress over the past few months, it certainly seems likely that lawmakers will try to move forward with a measure sometime soon. View Full Post
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Missouri County Cemeteries: Legislation to Allow Trust Diversification

The Missouri legislature has passed a bill to authorize county commissioners to diversify their cemetery trusts.  Prior to the passage of House Bill No. 51 Missouri’s counties were restricted in how they could invest cemetery care funds.  Essentially, a Missouri county could invest care funds only in government bonds.  View Full Post
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Business Leaders Push Trump Administration for Quicker Approvals, Simpler Regulations from EPA

By | Virgin Islands Law Blog | June 20, 2017
Various industry groups in the United States are pushing The Trump Administration for a faster permit process and simplified environmental regulations. Many of these groups are associations representing industries such as drilling, mining, refining and building. These associations have submitted hundreds of pages of documents to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. View Full Post
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Administrators Have to Behave

Today’s New York Daily News reports the tale of a brawl with potentially  wide-reaching implications for the Administrator of a New York County Estate. The administrator of the 3.1 million dollar estate was arrested for a brawl outside of a New Jersey strip club in which he has  been accused of assaulting a police officer. View Full Post
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