June 22, 2020 – Miriam E. Mason and Zachary L. Bayne Recognized as 2020 Florida Legal Elite


Miriam E. Mason has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ Hall of Fame.  The Legal Elite Hall of Fame is a distinguished group of attorneys who have consistently earned high rankings from their peers in the annual Legal Elite voting. 

Zachary L. Bayne has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ “Up & Comers.”  The “Up & Comers” list of 112 attorneys garnered the most votes in a special category for attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in the law and in their community. 

Both Ms. Mason and Mr. Bayne have been recognized in the practice area of Marital and Family Law and both confine their practice exclusively to Marital and Family Law matters.  Ms. Mason is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

For the 17th year, Florida Legal Elite has presented a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. The lawyers listed for 2020 exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues.  Florida Trend invited all in-state members of the Florida Bar to name attorneys whom they highly regard or would recommend to others. Voters were also asked to name three “up and coming” attorneys, and outstanding attorneys working in the government and non-profit sectors.  The 2020 list represents less than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.  (floridatrend.com/legal-elite)

June 15, 2020 – Allen Dell Attorneys Named to 2020 Super Lawyers List

Five Allen Dell attorneys have been named to the 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Two attorneys have been named to the 2020 Florida Rising Stars list.  The attorneys receiving these honors are:


Christine A. Hearn

Christine A. Hearn Family Law

Donna L. Longhouse       Estate Planning

Miriam E. Mason

Miriam E. Mason Family Law

Marian P. McCulloch       Family Law

Amy D. Singer

Amy D. Singer Family Law


Zachary L. Bayne  Family Law

Matthew P. Schnitzlein

Matthew P. Schnitzlein            Estate Planning










In addition to the named Super Lawyers, a number of Allen Dell’s attorneys have also been recognized in the following publications:  Best Lawyers of America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Legal Leaders.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys (Superlawyers.com).


The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.  Please follow this link for more information and loan application.  https://floridadisasterloan.org/

March 23, 2020 – UPDATE – Treasury and IRS Delay Federal Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Following President’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax filings and payments for all federal income taxes (including self-employment tax) due on April 15, 2020, regardless of amount, will now be due on July 15, 2020. 

This link provides more detail on the Treasury website: 



January 1, 2020 – Robert L. Olsen and Zachary L. Bayne have become Allen Dell Shareholders effective January 1, 2020 

Allen Dell, P.A. is proud to announce that Robert L. Olsen and Zachary L. Bayne have become Shareholders in the firm effective January 1, 2020.

Mr. Olsen has over twenty-five years of trial practice, with extensive arbitration, jury, non-jury, and administrative trial experience.  Mr. Olsen represents clients in commercial litigation & transactions, and trusts & estates litigation.

Mr. Bayne concentrates his practice in marital and family law which includes dissolution of marriage litigation, domestic violence, paternity actions, spousal and child support, timesharing and post judgment matters.  Mr. Bayne is very active in the community, serving on various legal committees and councils, as well as serving the community through a number of service programs.

Both have contributed to Allen Dell’s success and the firm looks forward to their ongoing efforts in their new roles.


January 1, 2020 – The Federal SECURE Act Effective January 1, 2020 – Do The Changes Affect Your Tax & Estate Planning?

The Federal SECURE Act effective January 1, 2020 makes significant changes to the laws affecting qualified plan distributions.  Contact your Allen Dell lawyer to see if these changes affect your tax and estate planning.