Eddie Stephens’ Awarded Delta Sigma Pi Silver Helmet for 25 Years of Service

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I had the honor of having my silver helmet presented for 25 years of service in Delta Sigma Pi by one of my best friends and Past Grand President Mitch Simmons and my wife Jacquie. Many thanks to Jacquie, Mitch, Velvet, Barrett, Kimberly, Carrie, Jeff, Shane, Sylvia, Mary and Norm for celebrating with me! Click here if you would like to help me celebrate by making a tax deductible donation to the South Florida Leadership Fund. See below for some info on the silver helmet (created by artist Scott White) and some highlights of the past 25 years...... About the Silver Helmet: Normally, when a Deltasig is honored with this award, they get a very nice framed certificate.  I was inspired by the creativity when Brother Paul Garcia, who is a USC Trojan,  was given a large silver Trojan helmet when he was bestowed this honor. Somewhere along the line, I must have mentioned this to my lovely wife, Jacquie. Apparently Jacquie conspired to commission this piece of art which was created … [Read more...]

Business Scholarship named after local attorney

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We endowed the South Florida Leadership Fund to help pay for collegiate members, from Zeta Phi, Xi Omega, Beta Omega, Delta Iota and Theta Sigma attend Grand Chapter Congress and Provincial Conferences. Currently it pays out hundreds of dollars each year to defray registration and travel expenses. However, the purpose of the fund is to cover the cost of the training for as many Brothers as possible.  To meet that goal.... we need to raise some more dollars. I have been trained to be a business leader by Delta Sigma Pi.  The experience I had in college and beyond had a huge impact on my success in life. I believe in this so strongly, I endowed this fund for that purpose. If you would like to help us grow this fund to be able to have a positive impact on more collegiates, click here to make a ta deductible donation!  Please designate donation for special purpose and in comments mention it should be applied to Eddie Stephens South Florida fund. EDDIE STEPHENS SOUTH FLORIDA … [Read more...]

“Did Obsolete Technology Make Me a Better Lawyer?”

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Originally published in the Family Law Section of Florida Bar’s Commentator Winter 2017 Edition. PDF version here.   “Did Obsolete Technology Make Me a Better Lawyer?” By Eddie Stephens, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida I am a computer techie…. I guess, that’s nicer than calling myself a geek, but it is very accurate and all the same. How did I end up this way? I can pinpoint the moment and can tell you it was all a big accident. In 1980, I was all set to attend the “Ron Frasier Baseball Summer Camp”. Ron Frasier was the coach of the Great Miami Hurricanes Baseball team. During the summer, he offered a camp for kids taught by college players wanting to make a few bucks during the summer working as camp counselors. This was the summer I was going to boost my skills and develop a more confident swing. As the fates would have it, two weeks before camp was to begin, I had an accident which put me in crutches for 8 weeks and left my mom scrambling to find something for me to do. … [Read more...]

Stephens’ Squibs – January 2017

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Other items of interest: Did Obsolete Technology Make me a Better Lawyer?  (Commentator, Winter 2017) 1 in 17:  Antisocial Personality Disorder  (ASPD) in Family Court (Commentator, Fall 2016) Line in the Sand: Iranian Divorce  (Commentator Spring 2015) Stephens' Squibs Guide to Alimony Reform Alimony: Morgan v. Morgan, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D186 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Trial court affirmed for awarding Wife life estate in marital residence in lieu of alimony and requiring her to be responsible for all expenses with home under the unique circumstances of this case. Jimenez v. Jimenez, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D177 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017).  Trial court reversed for providing prospective increase in alimony when child support ends.  Court also failed to consider Wife’s earning capacity, educational skills, vocational skills and employability. Gardiner v. Gardiner, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D69 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016).  Award of one half of marital home to Wife as lump sum alimony reversed when court made no … [Read more...]

Eddie Stephens will give keynote address to Kick Off Delta Sigma Pi’s Grand Chapter Congress

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Originally Published here. GCC Keynote Announced Jan 27, 2017 – Grand Chapter Congress will kick-off with Eddie Stephens, Miami-Florida, talking about the extraordinary leader. As a Golden Council member and Trustee Emeritus, Stephens will describe how joining Delta Sigma Pi, together with several other life decisions along the way, led him to find significant success in business, personal relations, and philanthropic service.  These experiences also had a deeper influence and ultimately led Stephens to a profound understanding of humanity and our life journeys prompting him to do something that matters. Eddie Stephens has been actively involved with Delta Sigma Pi since 1991.  In addition to numerous collegiate offices, Eddie has served the Fraternity in a number of roles including District Director, Regional Vice President, National Committee Member and President and Chair of the Leadership Foundation. Professionally, Eddie is an equity partner in the Florida law firm, Ward … [Read more...]

Stephens’ Squibs – December 2016

Alimony: Carter v. Carter, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D2750 (Fla. 1st  DCA 2016).  Trial court’s finding of alimony arrears not based on competent and substantial evidence and Court’s order contains no findings how it arrived at that amount. Harris v. Harris, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D2698 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).  Trial court erred including Wife’s voluntary contributions to her adult child from another relationship and grandchild in her needs for alimony.  Remanded for court to determine Wife’s actual individual need. Appeals: Saleh v. Saleh, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D2789 (Fla. 2789).  Trial court awarded portion of Wife’s retirement to the Husband even though she waived interest in prenuptial agreement.  However, Husband did not raise issue on rehearing so error was waived. Cranney v. Cranney, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D2753 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016).  Award of 25% timesharing to Father affirmed when there was no transcript of the proceedings.  Appellate court cannot resolve the underlying factual issues in order to … [Read more...]

How Family Law Software has impacted my practice.

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For the past five years I have been using Family Law Software for all my litigation support needs.  It is quick and user friendly for child support / tax calculations, projections, form creation and has applications for alimony and equitable distribution. Any time I have had an issue, the developers have helped me figure it out.  After five years of use, I still highly recommend. I have come to rely upon: - Online data entry that makes my staff’s jobs easier. - The ability to show off my guidelines in multiple formats: Official DPA Landscape DPA Portrait - Family Law Software Affidavit allows easy asset categorization and easy footnoting. If you are at the Board Certification Review course, check them out.  They have a special where they will waive $99 in fees if you sign up at the conference. If you have any questions, let me know or download the free trial here. -eddie stephens … [Read more...]