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CFPB moves to end mandatory arbitration in financial services contracts

By TED CARTER The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to bar banks, credit card companies and other financial products providers from forcing consumers to agree to arbitration to settle account disputes. Banks, unsurprisingly, oppose the change. “Consumers will get less and pay more,” said Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, or ABA. The Consumer Financial Protection ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Planning for the $5-$10 Million couple: portability or credit shelter?

In 2009, each individual had a $3.5 million estate tax exemption. If a married individual had assets over $3.5 million, without careful planning, those assets in excess of $3.5 million would fall subject to a 45 percent estate tax. Careful planning often included retitling assets between spouses and utilizing a credit shelter trust (typically, a trust for the benefit of ...

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Lott joins global network

Stuart P. Lott of Bradley Arant has been invited to join the exclusive CALIBR Global Leadership Network, a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing the careers of mid-to-senior level African-American executives through a variety of training, mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities. CALIBR is a 501(c)(3) organization and a strategic partner of The Executive Leadership Council, the nation’s premier network of ...

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Walker earns credential

Robert F. Walker of Baker Donelson has earned a Certified Information Privacy Professional credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. A CIPP credential means the recipient has gained a foundational understanding of privacy and data protection law and practice, and has knowledge of jurisdictional laws, regulations and enforcement models. Walker holds the CIPP/US concentration, which focuses on the U.S. ...

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Gilbert joins law firm

J. Scott Gilbert has joined Watkins & Eager PLLC as Counsel. Gilbert, who has received the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association 2013 Investigation of the Year Award, will focus his practice in Healthcare Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense. Gilbert previously was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi, where he litigated white-collar crime matters, including ...

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Hardin board adds Bailey

The Phil Hardin Foundation Board of Directors has elected Kacey Guy Bailey, a Meridian attorney and community leader, as its newest member. Bailey will join the seven-member board of the statewide education philanthropy at its April meeting. A Laurel native, Bailey is a partner in the Meridian law firm of Barry, Palmer, Thaggard, May & Bailey. She is a 2001 ...

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Robbins opens law firm

Attorney Courtney L. Robbins has opened her own law practice, Robbins Legal, PLLC, focusing on estate planning and the The Employee Retirement Security Act. Before opening her own practice, Courtney worked as an ERISA expert in the trust and wealth management department of one of the largest banks in the south, assisting other attorneys in charting the best course of ...

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WE LAW — Postnuptial agreements: Do you need one?

Asset protection planning is a well-known concept in business circles, but seldom considered in a family context. And when discussed in the non-business context, the discussion is more likely to involve either a prenuptial agreement, property settlement in divorce, or estate planning.  The postnuptial agreement is an asset protection planning device used during marriage.  In fact, it can be used ...

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Society of CPAs offers 100 seminars to keep accountants up to date

By LYNN LOFTON Accounting involves an array of various fields of expertise, and certified public accountants must stay on top of things in the constantly evolving world of regulations, tax codes and technology. The Mississippi Society of CPAs helps them by providing training seminars throughout the year. “We strive to educate accounting professionals on the latest rules, regulations and standards in ...

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No matter the size of the law firm, personal relationships are vital

By BECKY GILLETTE The trend in recent years for law firms in Mississippi and across the nation has been mergers and buyouts that lead to larger and larger law firms. But small to mid-sized law firms in the state are by no means endangered. They have strategies that keep them doing a thriving business in a state where personal relationships are ...

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