Stephens’ Squibs – September 2016

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Agreements: Colino v. Colino, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1990 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).  Trial court erred awarding Wife real estate when prenuptial agreement provided it goes to the spouse whose name property is titled in, which in this case was the Husband. Alimony: Lostaglio v. Lostaglio, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D2146 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).    Trial court affirmed for rejecting Husband’s argument the Wife’s adultery should be an alimony factor when there was no showing of depletion of assets. Brezault v. Brezault, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D2067 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Trial court erred by awarding alimony that exceeded Former Husband’s deficit and failed to make necessary findings of fact. Bork v. Bork, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D2058 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016).  Trial court erred calculating amount of alimony when it included husband’s temporary alimony obligation, which will not be paid after entry of final judgment, as a deduction from Husband’s gross income. Shaver v. Shaver, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1945 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016).  Final … [Read more...]

Seeking Contributors for Charity Golf Tournament Best Practices Manual


I agreed to chair a charity gold tournament next year, along with two of my best friends, Adam Seligman and Cory Strolla. Funny part is I have never played golf and no nothing about a golf tournament. I reached out to some of my resources, and while many people had advice, I could not get my hands on a best practices guide (or template). Since  I intend to educate myself and make this will be the best charity golf tournament ever... I thought I would create a guide to help people in the future. However, I cannot offer much content. We have already discussed hole sponsors, entry fees, hole in one contest for $10k, longest drive contest, sponsors, but I am thinking there are some other great ways to bring in revenue for a great cause. Marketing plan / tips, timeline. How can we make it a fun and engaging event. What creative things have you done that worked? There is a lot of material we can cover. I know many of you reading this have done this sort of thing and probably have … [Read more...]

For my birthday, I am asking my friends to make a donation for Suicide Prevention


This Friday is my birthday! If you were wondering, I will be 45 years old!!!!! In lieu of presents, I have asked the people who care about me for something very special. To donate a few bucks to honor a young man I have never met. His name is Erik Cahill.  I am connected to him because he is the son of one of my primary paralegals, Angela Cahill. Erik lost his battle with depression earlier this year and took his own life. As you would expect, it crushed his family and the people who knew him. There was so much pain and confusion. In my small way of trying to help, I offered the family the only assistance I could think of.   I agreed to cook for Erik's memorial. Outdoor cooking for me is a passion.  If you are a carnivore, I guarantee, I can make you happy.  This is not a brag, it is a statement of fact.  If you think Stephens' Squibs, is an impressive website, you should check out my REAL website.... The Smoke Pit! When I agreed to cook, no one realized 120 people from all … [Read more...]

Is Technology Ruining The Legal Profession for Family Lawyers?


  Originally published in the Family Law Section Commentator, Summer 2016. By Frank P. Remsen, Esq., Tavares, FL (Editor's note:  Frank and Eddie met and are brothers in The International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.) I was asked to write an article relating to technology. But what do I know about technology? Isn’t that why firms, including mine, hire IT guys? After bouncing a few ideas off of the editor, I decided to try and answer this question, “Is technology ruining the legal profession for family lawyers?” I haven’t been practicing law as long as many of you out there. I am sure there are those that can tell stories of when motions were carved into stone tablets and hand delivered by horse and buggy. However, I can only remember back to the first firm that I worked for. That firm, at the time, was not very technologically advanced. There was no email correspondence. We typed letters on letterhead and mailed or faxed them. Calendaring was done in a big red book with a … [Read more...]

Eddie Stephens and RT White to Present Epic Case Law Update CLE November 10th


Eddie Stephens and R.T. White will team up for their 7th annual Family Law Case Update for the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Stephens and White are not only both board certified family law attorneys, they both trained entertainers which makes this one of the must entertaining CLE’s the family section has to offer. "Very few people can deliver the substance along with the fun; these two can" -Family Law Section Chair Laura Davis Smith.  The CLE is historically is the largest attended CLE offered by the Family Law CLE Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. "Eddie and RT have been doing this program for 6 years, and it keeps getting better each year. Not only are they experts in the field, but they have an ability to relay the information in an entertaining way" -Family Law Section Publications Chair Julia Wyda Participants will receive 2 Marital and Family Law Certification Hours and 1/2 ethics credit and be treated to an an update of published Florida … [Read more...]

Family law attorney sees bigger picture as stakeholder in the firm


Originally published in Sun Sentinel. Family law attorney sees bigger picture as stakeholder in the firm   Who: Eddie Stephens, a marital and family law attorney with Ward Damon PL since April 2013, was named an Equity Partner earlier this year in West Palm Beach. Becoming a steakholder in the firm has expanded his role greatly, says Stephens. Not only does he continue to serve clients, but now he is a part of a team of decision-makers that help formulate policy that guides the firm of sixty-plusemployees. Resume Experience: I have been practicing family law for my entire 18-year career. I had my own firm in the past and managed a staff of five. Education: Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg (J.D., 1997); University of Miami, Miami (B.B.A. Computer Information Systems, 1994) Myth-busting  What don't people know about this job: It's hard. Pick your battles, and how to fight them: People who hire aggressive divorce attorneys typically do not fare as well as … [Read more...]

Eddie Stephens gives advice about Authenticity to LeadershipGROW Class of 2017


Recently,  I had the privilege of addressing 44 of the highest achieving 11th graders in Palm Beach County.  These 11th graders are  participants of Leadership Grow Class of 2017. Leadership Grow, formerly known as Youth Leadership, enables High School Juniors to understand the critical issues facing Palm Beach County while encouraging them to expand their leadership roles and build a foundation for always being involved in their community. These students spend nine months gaining real-life experience by having unparalleled access to leaders from businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations.  The program coordinators encourage students to interact, learn and reflect on their future as community leaders, and build necessary skills, including public speaking and resume-writing to prepare them for future education and employment.  Only 48 high school juniors who represent the diversity of Palm Beach County’s school system are accepted.  By completing the program, students … [Read more...]