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Leading Ladies Leaving Legacies

Our associate attorney, Nancy Ferraro joined Joy Ruffen for her Web-based TV Show on May 9th at 7pm. The show is called Leading Ladies Leaving Legacies and Nancy will discuss how the law can empower women. The show can be seen anytime after this date by clicking the link below.

Joy is an image consultant, motivational speaker, and life coach. Her show focuses on creating positive impact and supporting young girls and women in the discovery of their self-worth, value, and purpose. Joy met Nancy at the Women’s Power Lunch held in Stuart monthly where they discovered they had similar passions for guiding, helping and empowering women to discover and live up to their full potential.

Nancy handles Estate Planning needs and this show will give anyone great insight into her legal mind and love for empowering women. We hope you enjoy!

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Welcome, our guest tonight, “Nancy Ferraro, an Attorney. Nancy has much to share with us about how we can regain our feminine power. She founded the group Women Empowered Martin/Palm Beach County. Nancy's passion for creating change is what inspired her to become a lawyer. Join us today and every Wednesday, at 7 pm EST time. You are in for a treat don't miss it. Can't wait to see you and invite your friends.See you there can't wait to connect see you inside.Cheers!!!

Posted by Joy Ruffen on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Poker on the Water and A Spiderman Baseball Game

TRW Law supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Voices for Children by participating in and sponsoring two fun filled events.

Stuart, FL, April 17th, 2018 – The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. has two busy weekends coming up with their sponsorships of the Fort Pierce Yacht Club Charity Poker Run on April 22nd and the Be a Hero Baseball Game on April 28th.   We hope these events give our staff an opportunity to meet and mingle with people in our community who share the same support for the charitable causes our firm sponsors.

The Fort Pierce Yacht Club Charity Poker Run, on April 22nd, will support local marine research at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  The proceeds for this event will sponsor a scholarship for an Indian River State College student to participate in a summer internship conducting marine research at the Institute.  This internship is a 10-week summer internship and gives students an opportunity to conduct a research project in a real-world setting.  The internship will serve as the Capstone project for the recipient’s degree and will include a written report, which is also presented in a public forum.  Our coastal regions have an estimated $4 billion per year impact on the state of Florida, but more importantly, are home to thousands of species of plants and animals.  Florida’s coastal areas are vulnerable to pollution, nutrient runoff, over fishing, and climate change which affect the ecosystem on land and in the sea.  Harbor Branch’s research focuses on these issues and what impact they have on the health and diversity of plants and animals as well as on the local population.  Be sure to look out for the TRW Law Boat which will participate in the Poker Run!

The following weekend, we will attend the “Be a Hero Night Baseball Game” at the St. Lucie Mets Stadium.  This event is organized by Voices for Children which is an organization that raises funds to support the efforts and activities of the state-funded Guardian Ad Litem Program of Florida.  The St. Lucie Mets will play the Palm Beach Cardinals so bring your friends from our southern neighbor county, Palm Beach, and help support our abused, neglected, and abandoned children.  Buying a ticket to the game through Voices for Children results in a direct $4.00 donation to the organization.  The firm is happy to be able to invite clients, staff member’s families, and chamber partners to the event with our sponsorship. The game will feature exclusive “Be a Hero” Spiderman-themed jerseys which will later be auctioned off, as well as post-game fireworks and raffles.   We hope everyone will join us in supporting this great cause at this fun event!!

Our staff has been talking about these two events for weeks, so we hope our community joins in our excitement by attending them as well.  The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. enjoys sponsoring events we can participate in because it gives us a chance to meet more of the people in our beloved community while helping a local organization.

 

Change to Tax Deed Surplus Statute

A time limit has been placed on submitting claims for Tax Deed Surpluses.

State of Florida, April 16, 2018 – The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker has been keeping up with Senate Bill 1504 and House Bill 1383 since they were introduced The House Bill was passed in the legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott.  We knew this bill would influence how we handle our Interpleader cases, and we wanted to be apprised of all necessary information to ensure our Clerk clients will continue to receive the best possible representation.

Here we will summarize the new bill’s components and how they will affect the free services we provide to the clerks we proudly represent.

The revised statute has put a limit on the amount of time a lienholder has to make a claim on any tax deed surplus to 120 days after the Notice of Surplus Funds from Tax Deed Sale is sent to the appropriate lienholders.  We expect a significant drop in the number of Interpleader cases to be filed under the new statute’s rules because of this restricted time limit.  However, we will still plan to interplead necessary files, as usual, when filed within the 120-day period.

The statute also states that if no lienholders file a claim for the surplus, those funds must be remitted to the state.  Our role in this process will be to send a memorandum to the Clerk to recommend how those funds get distributed to the State.

Protecting our clerks from liability and fraud is what makes us proud to represent these 19 counties throughout the state of Florida.  With the tax deed surplus industry flooded by fraud every day, our free legal services protect the Clerk’s offices from liability by identifying fraudulent claims thereby preventing improper distributions.

The tax deed surplus services which are currently provided to over 25% of the clerks in Florida will still be cost-free and will now include recommendations on unclaimed tax deed surplus cases.   Our goal is to alleviate Clerks’ Tax Deed Surplus workload by providing a team they trust.

Consistent Support for the Local Boys and Girls Clubs

The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. is proud to sponsor the St. Lucie Seafood Festival, to benefit the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club.

Stuart, Florida, March 6, 2018 – On Saturday, March 10th, 2018 the 7th annual St. Lucie Seafood Festival will be held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center from 11:00 am-7:00 pm to benefit the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club.  This is the first year the local Boys and Girls Club has benefitted from this awesome event.   The festival will feature seafood from restaurants across the Treasure Coast as well as drinks from fellow sponsor, Southern Eagle Distributing, and other sponsor booths.  There is free admission and games, activities and a kids zone will keep attendees of all ages entertained throughout the day.  Singers, Victoria Leigh and Jason Greene will be performing as well as Wild Roses. Dr. Oz will be speaking in the same facility that day for his annual Health and Wellness Festival so we are hoping for an excellent turnout.

The St. Lucie Seafood Festival is an event which helps to fund programs like the Youth of the Year program as well as many others which promote health, social, educational, character and leadership development.  The Boys and Girls Club of America has been helping America’s youth for decades by providing a safe, cost-free group for children which focuses on their future success.  We hope you and your family will join our team, the local vendors and sponsors and the gracious volunteers at this delicious event.

The firm has been involved with sponsoring and participating in a few recent Boys and Girls Club events and programs in our local community.  Our newest attorney to the firm, Nancy Ferraro represented us at the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Celebration in February.  She was also honored to be asked to help review scholarship applications for the Martin County Youth of the Year and attend the celebratory event last month as well.  We as a firm congratulate all the finalists and wish you all of the best in your future endeavors.

The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA to support Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County Youth of the Year

Sponsorship will support scholarships for 4 finalists

Stuart, Florida, February 21, 2018 – The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. is proud to announce its sponsorship of this year’s Youth of the Year scholarship through the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County; we are excited to attend the official announcement of the scholarship winners on February 21st, 2018 at the Santa Lucia River Club in Port St. Lucie.  The Youth of the Year program promotes and celebrates amazing teens for their outstanding service to the Boys and Girls Club, community, and family. The award also takes into consideration their academic performance, moral character, life goals, and public speaking ability, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.  In addition to their participation and leadership in Club activities, these finalists also typically maintain an above average GPA in school, participate in school sports, volunteer to organize events in their communities, and hold leadership positions in school groups. Our sponsorship will contribute to the finalists receiving scholarships to the college of their choice. Those participants who go on to state, regional, and national levels of the program are afforded additional opportunities for personal growth.  The winner could potentially represent Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County at the state, regional and national level, where he or she will compete for a $50,000.00 scholarship and an appearance at the White House.

The Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County has been working with disadvantaged youth from economic, social and family circumstances for over 22 years and now has 18 locations throughout the county.  The Clubs provide afterschool, summer, and outreach programs which promote health, social, educational vocational, character, and leadership development to over 6,000 youth annually. They provide life-enhancing programs aimed at character development, hope, and opportunity.  The Law Offices or Travis R. Walker, P.A. is proud to be a sponsor of the Youth of the Year Award and congratulates the finalists on their outstanding achievements.

Hibiscus Children’s Center

Travis Walker joined Paul Sexton and Pastor Maryanne Kehlenbach on the WLX-TV St. Lucie Program to discuss board member roles, community involvement and support today.  The episode can be seen on ch. 13 (Ft. Pierce), ch. 19 (Port St. Lucie), Ch. 99 (At&T U verse) and SLPS District Wireless EBS channel 36 and at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3S7JDKTSqEKnXxV0VKC2C1GUw-D_uiSZ
 
Travis is the incoming Vice Chairman of the governing board for Hibiscus Children’s Center.  The Center is looking for a new CEO so they will discuss how that transition will work while staying active in the community and keeping the children their primary focus.
 
The Hibiscus Children’s Center has been providing food, shelter and other needed supplies and support to children removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect for 30 years.  The Hibiscus Tilton Family Shelter in Jensen Beach, Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach and the Sanctuary4Kids Emergency Shelter in Port St. Lucie have provided over 325,000 nights of safety to abused, abandoned and neglected children.  Children and teens housed by the Hibiscus Children’s Center are offered therapeutic counseling, medical attention, and scholastic as well as career development skills.  Literacy assessments and one-on-one remedial reading sessions are provided while school liaisons monitor their academic progress.  The Hibiscus Center helps children to expand their minds by going to cultural outings, being exposed to the arts and participating in school extracurricular activities.  The onsite libraries assure these children have access to reading material they need.  The centers also provide services to families in efforts to mitigate the potential of child abuse and alleviate stress and turmoil in children’s lives.  The Hibiscus Community Services office offers mental health services and sexual abuse therapy to children and their families either in their homes, at the Hibiscus Office or in a mutually convenient place.  We are lucky to support and be a part of causes like this across the Treasure Coast.