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What happens if the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issues an Administrative Complaint against my construction license?

If you are a Certified General Contractor or hold any other construction contractor license under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Department seeks to discipline you, they will give you notice via a legal document called an administrative complaint. This will tell you what factual findings they are claiming and what […]

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What happens if the Department of Business and Professional Regulation chooses to discipline my Certified Public Accountant license?

If you are a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Department seeks to discipline you, they will first give you notice via a legal document called an administrative complaint. This will tell you what factual findings they are claiming and what disciplinary violations they are accusing you of, as well as to the penalties they […]

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Common Complaints Against Florida Real Estate Agents

Complaints filed against you as a Florida Real Estate Agent can be damaging not only to your character and reputation but also to your license. We've compiled some of the most typical complaints facing Real Estate Agents, what the Florida Statute requires, and how you can challenge a complaint. Failure to report a conviction or […]

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Impacts of Fraud on CPA & Your License

Few professions are so protective of the public trust as that of accountancy. Fraud is one of the most serious things an accountant can do to endanger their license. It also carries a severe maximum penalty if the violation is discovered by the Board of Public Accountancy. That penalty could range from a minimum of […]

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CPA Arrested in Florida? When to Self-report a Conviction

Florida law requires that a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) report a criminal conviction to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Certified Public Accounting. This must be done with a standard, publicly available form known as a Criminal Self-Reporting Document, which must be filled out and mailed to 240 NW 76th Dr., […]

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CPA Mishaps: Ransoming Client Records

Often our firm receives questions from Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms about the rules and regulations surrounding client accounting records. This blog offers legal answers to your CPA-related questions about client records. As always, we're happy to speak to you about your unique situation and recommend the advice of legal counsel if you received an […]

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We've Changed Our Name

We're now Howell, Buchan, & Strong Attorneys at Law! It's with a great deal of pride that we announce the expansion of our firm and include our partners, Tom Buchan and Rickey Strong. "I've always recognized the contribution these attorneys have had on our growth," partner and attorney Jeff Howell said of the added partners. […]

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Served an FDUTPA Subpeona? Now What?

What to Do When Served an AG Subpoena Due to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) Being served with an Attorney General investigative subpoena pursuant to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) can be intimidating. While your mind might be racing about why your business was selected or what caused the […]

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How Florida Realtors Challenge FREC Administrative Complaints

Florida Realtors: How to Challenge a FREC Administrative Complaint If you are a realtor in the State of Florida and have received a FREC Administrative Complaint, it’s important to respond quickly. Consulting legal advice on this response can help your case. First, it’s helpful to understand why you received the complaint and how the FREC […]

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Do you need additional time for completing the CPA CPE requirements?

Florida CPAs must complete 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) by June 30th of the renewal year. These 80 CPE hours must consist of at least eight in accounting/auditing subjects, no more than 20 in behavioral subjects, and at least four in board-approved ethics. The good news is that an automatic extension has been […]

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