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Shareholder Stephen Thomas Appointed Chair of the Florida Tech College of Business Advisory Board

December 11, 2019 — Orlando, FL – Lowndes is pleased to announce that Shareholder Stephen C. Thomas has been appointed chair of the Florida Tech College of Business Advisory Board. The board plays an active role in support of the college's values, vision and goals and provides a structure for

Act Before Year-End To Maximize Opportunity Zone Tax Benefits

December 06, 2019 — As 2019 comes to a close, there is an important deadline approaching for opportunity zone investors. December 31, 2019 is the last day on which investors can make an investment in a qualified opportunity fund (“QOF”) and realize the maximum benefits of the program. A QOF is

Florida Notaries Must Use New Forms Starting January 1, 2020

December 06, 2019 — The Florida Legislature amended the requirements for notary acknowledgement forms effective January 1, 2020. After that date, documents and affidavits notarized using the old forms may not be accepted for recording and may be subject to questions regarding the validity

Long-Awaited Guidance for Banking Hemp Clients Released

December 04, 2019 — Since the effective date of the 2018 Farm Bill, banking and the inability to acquire financing have been major impediments for the hemp industry. While demand for hemp continues to grow, banking regulations have still been grey as to the treatment of hemp related businesses.

How to Minimize Your Legal Risk in a Sweepstakes Game

December 03, 2019 — Many businesses are using sweepstakes in their marketing efforts. While sweepstakes are a unique and creative way to engage potential customers, sweepstakes are subject to many local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Landlord Liability for Tenant’s Counterfeit Sales

November 26, 2019 — Should landlords care what business their tenants are operating? The obvious general answer of “yes” now has a more detailed and important caveat. If your client is retailing goods, you as a landlord may be liable if those goods are counterfeit.

Lowndes CEO and President, William T. Dymond, Assumes Position of Orlando Economic Partnership Board Chair

November 26, 2019 — Orlando, FL – Lowndes is pleased to announce that the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP) announced its 2019-20 Board of Directors officers, which includes Lowndes CEO and President, William T. Dymond, assuming the position of Board Chair. Having previously served on the OEP

5 Owner Errors In Negotiating Hotel Management Agreements

November 19, 2019 — 5 Owner Errors In Negotiating Hotel Management Agreements Industry projections have provided some sobering news for hotel investors: After years of steady increases, top line revenues of hotels have remained relatively flat over the past year and further increases over the

Shareholder Amanda Wilson to Participate in a CLE/CPE Webinar hosted by Strafford on Tax Issues in Transferring LLC and Partnership Interests

November 14, 2019 — Orlando, FL – Lowndes is pleased to announce that Shareholder Amanda Wilson will participate in a CLE/CPE webinar sponsored by Strafford, titled “Tax Issues in Transferring LLC and Partnership Interests: Navigating the Complex IRS Rules for Buying, Selling or Redeeming

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