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Tue, Oct 23, 2018| | Uncategorized

New Legislation Enacted in Certain States to Protect Elderly Investors – Melbourne, FL

After a long and high profile life of philanthropic endeavors, socialite Brook Astor died in 2007 with an estate worth $200 million.  Two years later, her son Anthony Marshall was convicted of stealing millions from her. Astor suffered from dementia, and Marshall was paying himself from her assets. While not all families enjoy this level of wealth, the fact pattern is not all that unusual.  A large and growing number of Americans suffer from dementia-type illnesses and a equally large number of them will be taken advantage of by family members. States are now trying to provide greater protection for elderly investors, according to a recent Reuters article titled “Protecting dementia sufferers from scammers gains ground in U.S.” Retail brokers – in three states thus far, have been permitted to help deter scams against people with dementia. The laws, which are being examined by other state legislatures, allow brokerages to halt an older client’s request to transfer money to others (at least temporarily) if a wealth manager suspects that his or her customer may have dementia and may be unknowingly be the victim of a scheme. More than 5 million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, the article says. Citing the Alzheimer’s Association, that figure accounts for roughly 1.5% of the U.S. population. Experts say this could grow to 7.1 million by 2025.  The elderly are often easy targets for con artists and unscrupulous family members. In fact, U.S. […]

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Wed, Jun 20, 2018| | Uncategorized

Partner John Stewart becomes President-Elect of The Florida Bar

“Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart will become president-elect of The Florida Bar at its Annual Convention June 13-16 in Orlando. Stewart, who will take the leadership reins in June 2019, will be sworn in at the General Assembly on Friday, June 15, when West Palm Beach attorney Michelle R. Suskauer will be sworn in as president. Stewart earned a B.A. in public policy from the College of William and Mary in 1992. He then attended the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where he attained his J.D. in 1997. A third-generation Florida lawyer, Stewart is a partner at Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L.. In his practice, he focuses on probate, real estate, and contract litigation work. Stewart serves on the Bar’s Board of Governors, representing the 19th Circuit, and is on the board’s Executive Committee. Stewart also serves on The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Gender Bias and Diversity in the Profession as well as the Communications Committee, the Program Evaluation Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, and the Technology Committee, of which he is chair. In 2014, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Florida’s Florida Courts Technology Commission, where he has chaired various committees. In 2016, Stewart was selected to the Fastcase 50 honoring the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” He was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit in 2013 and is a past president of The Florida Bar’s Young […]

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Thu, Feb 1, 2018| | Uncategorized

Member Stephen Lacey named Treasurer of the Health First Foundation Board

Firm member Stephen Lacey was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Health First Foundation Board. Lacey has an extensive history with the Health First Foundation and served as the Chairman of their Annual Benefit Ball Underwriting Committee in 2013. For over twenty years, Health First has functioned as a not-for-profit community health system. Beyond managing hospitals in Brevard County, Health First provides various health insurance plans and options in the area.  

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Thu, Feb 1, 2018| | Uncategorized

Partner Rebecca Emmons elected Board Vice Chair for Indian River Community Foundation

    The Indian River Community Foundation is a ten-year-old foundation that strives to improve the local community via philanthropic efforts.  This past month their Board of Directors voted in a new cycle of both officers and directors. These members will lead the organization for the 2018 calendar year. We are pleased to announce that partner Rebecca Emmons has been elected to the vice chair position.

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Thu, Feb 1, 2018| | Uncategorized

Member J. Cole Oliver named President of the Brevard Zoo Board of Directors

    Firm member J. Cole Oliver has been elected President of the Brevard Zoo Board of Directors. Melbourne, Florida is home to the Brevard Zoo which boasts more than 600 animals derived from species from all over the world. The not-for-profit zoo places an emphasis on conservation and education. The Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver team is excited to see J. Cole Oliver perform in this new role.

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Bradley W. Rossway Appointed by Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee
Wed, Nov 22, 2017| | Articles

Bradley W. Rossway Appointed by Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee

           Bradley W. Rossway, Managing Member at Rossway Swan, has been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee for a term beginning March 31, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. The 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial office and providing the Governor with a list of candidates for appointment as county or circuit court judges in the circuit. The 19th Judicial Circuit covers the counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee.          Brad Rossway has been a trial lawyer since 1987 and in 1999 he was a founding member of Rossway Swan. Mr. Rossway focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex matrimonial litigation, the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial documents and post-judgment proceedings.         Mr. Rossway has previously served on the Florida Bar Family Law Section 19th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee from 1998 to 2002 and was the chairman of the Committee from 2001 to 2002. Locally, Mr. Rossway also served as the Indian River County Bar Association President from 2001 to 2002 and he has served his community and the Space Coast and Treasure Coast regions in charitable endeavors for several decades.  

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