Local family lawyer involved in Jewish community

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Deborah S. Chames is involved in a number of community initiatives.

Chames, a Hollywood resident, was raised in a household in North Miami Beach where it was a priority to help the community.

“My father was the president of two synagogues and also the president of a day school. My mother was principal of a school,” she said. “Helping the community was a priority.”

Chames is a member of the executive board of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes in North Miami Beach. She is also a chairperson of Yehi Ohr, a division of Jewish Community Services of South Florida that provides services to the Orthodox Jewish Community, including Jewish domestic violence victims. She is a member of Young Israel of Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale, Aish Hatorah Synagogue in Hollywood and a member of Amit Women. She is also on the advisory board of the Women’s Division of Touro College and is president of Chesed Avraham Zev/The Dr. Abe Chames Foundation that provides assistance to Jewish educators and their families.

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What’s the Impact of Rulings Classifying Uber Drivers as Employees?





In Berwick v. Uber Technologies, the California Labor Commission issued a ruling June 3 classifying an Uber driver as an employee, not an independent contractor.

Similarly, the Florida Department of Revenue recently ruled that Uber drivers are employees rather than independent contractors. In the Florida case, one of its drivers claimed that Uber created an employer-employee relationship and barred him from using the Uber app after a dispute regarding an accident. Uber denied the existence of an employer-employee relationship, claiming its drivers are independent contractors.

These recent decisions have been the subject of significant discussion in the legal community, and they present an ever-evolving issue of law which affects many employers. The independent contractor-versus-employee distinction has been discussed and debated by multiple courts for years.

Read more: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202733166455/Whats-the-Impact-of-Rulings-Classifying-Uber-Drivers-as-Employees#ixzz3k87eJgPj

Review Honors Young Lawyers Who Are Rising Stars


The Daily Business Review is proud to announce our 2015 class for Rising Stars—a selection of South Florida lawyers under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the community and will continue to do so in the future.

The people we chose came from a pool of dozens of lawyers nominated by colleagues, co-counsel, mentors, friends and Daily Business Review staff. We faced the difficult task of selecting just 40. It wasn’t easy. Those not chosen remain on our radar screen for future developments as their careers progress.

Our honorees have made significant impacts on behalf of their clients. Some are likely candidates to one day serve the judicial system as judges and justices. Some already have big verdicts under their belts. Others are dealmakers in complex multimillion-dollar transactions. All told, the candidates were selected not only for what they’ve achieved thus far, but for what we believe they’re likely to accomplish for the legal profession and for their respective communities in the future.

Read more: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202732792221/Review-Honors-Young-Lawyers-Who-Are-Rising-Stars#ixzz3k88Abjya

Deborah S. Chames Named Partner at Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen and Levine

MIAMI, FL – Miami-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine announces Deborah S. Chames has been named partner at the firm.  She was previously of-counsel with the firm.

Deborah-Chames-PreferredChames is a seasoned family law attorney who represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, international custody proceedings, post judgment proceedings, enforcement proceedings, paternity actions, preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and mediation.

“Deborah is a zealous advocate for her clients’ best interests while also taking into account the sensitive and personal nature of the issues at hand,” said Alan Kluger founding member of the firm. “This winning combination makes Deborah a champion for both our firm and her clients in and out of the courtroom.”

Chames has been appointed by a number of Dade County Circuit Judges as Guardian-Ad-Litem in matrimonial matters involving children’s issues. She also frequently testifies as an expert on attorney’s fee issues in matrimonial matters and matters relating to prenuptial agreements. She has been involved in family cases before the Florida Supreme Court on multiple occasions.  She has recently been a moderator for the National Business Institute | Judicial Forum at a course entitled “What Family Court Judges Want You to Know.”

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Same-Sex Marriages, Same Family Law Issues Apply

Richard I SegalIt is a proud moment to see the Supreme Court of the United States recognize same sex marriage and further equality for all. This was a long time coming and is a day to celebrate. However the celebration and joy for many same sex couples of finally being able to get married should not overshadow the fact that marriage still has very real legal ramifications for all newlywed couples.  For those same sex couples who have been together for a very long time and marriage now is simply a legal recognition for their already long established loving relationship, many of these legal family law principles such as equitable distribution and alimony might be novel concepts to consider and should spark new and open conversations with a spouse before deciding to run to the alter.  Many same sex couples are well established in their careers and are walking into the marriage with love and joy, but also with a lot of assets.

As a family law practitioner I would advise any potential couples, young or old, gay or straight, that a prenuptial agreement is a wonderful tool to lay out from the outset before getting married what each spouse would receive if the marriage unfortunately came to an end.  As I explain to potential clients, my firm would never advise potential business partners to go into a lifelong deal, invest all of their assets, but not document the deal and enter into a clear partnership agreement.  Thinking from a practical standpoint, and unfortunately having to recognize the divorce rate in the United States, there is nothing faux pas about considering entering into a prenuptial agreement.  If the marriage is strong and forever lasting, which we all go into marriage firmly believing, then a prenuptial agreement entered into will always remain simply a document stashed away in a vanilla folder and never have an impact on the relationship.  I fully envision seeing an uptick in business, and am happy to now be able to protect all couples assets before marriage.

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