Yearly Archives: 2020

Happy New Year!


"Here's to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; Here's to the things that are yet to come and to the memories that we hold."   If ever there was a year to usher out to welcome in the new year, this is it! Gibbons | Neuman wishes everyone a Happy [...]

Happy New Year!2020-12-31T09:24:45-05:00

Happy Holidays from Gibbons | Neuman!


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller   From all of us at Gibbons | Neuman, may the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New [...]

Happy Holidays from Gibbons | Neuman!2020-12-22T10:14:54-05:00

Mediation Mistakes: Client Statements


Most mediations begin with a general session. In the general session, the parties and their attorneys are present and the attorneys will present their client’s case through an opening statement. They will present their client’s case in a light most favorable to their client. I typically warn the parties in advance of this and advise [...]

Mediation Mistakes: Client Statements2020-12-14T13:09:45-05:00

Mediation Tips- Attorney’s Fees


When mediating a case in which attorney’s fees and costs are available to the prevailing party, each side should come to the mediation with an up-to-date accounting of their attorney’s fees and costs. Failing to have an up-to-date accounting will often “tilt” the other side who may have come to the mediation in good faith, [...]

Mediation Tips- Attorney’s Fees2020-10-05T09:32:03-04:00

Unique Planning Opportunity for Disabled or Chronically Ill Beneficiaries


There is good news for clients with family members or other beneficiaries who are disabled or chronically ill.  The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was integrated into the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020.  The SECURE Act has been big news in the special needs planning community, as it carved out [...]

Unique Planning Opportunity for Disabled or Chronically Ill Beneficiaries2020-09-18T14:08:08-04:00

Happy Labor Day!


"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." — Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone here at Gibbons | Neuman wishes you and your family a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

Happy Labor Day!2020-09-04T14:38:02-04:00



We often hear the phrase “settlement authority” at mediation. What does this really mean? Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.720(b) requires (unless otherwise permitted by the Court or stipulated by the parties, in writing) the following to attend mediation: (1) a party or a party representative having full authority to settle without further consultation, (2) [...]

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