Attorney Donna DeMarchi Volunteers at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Benefit

On August 17, our very own Donna DeMarchi – a Stuart personal injury lawyer with Crary Buchanan – volunteered for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Hot Caribbean Night event held at the Mansion at Tuckahoe. All proceeds from the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Martin and Palm Beach Counties and their efforts to support families affected by blood borne cancers. The LLS is a non-profit organization that aims to raise community awareness and help cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease.

Crary Buchanan Sponsors Martin County Friends of NRA Event

Crary Buchanan would like to announce our recent sponsorship of the Martin County Friends of NRA and their 8th Annual Dinner & Auction. 100% of net proceeds from the event will be used to support public shooting programs, range development, and youth shooting sports. This year, the Annual Dinner & Auction will feature Brian “Gunny” Zins of Cabot Gun Company and Top Shot. You can visit their FaceBook page for the latest banquet updates. Tickets are still available; information is below:

Drive Smart, Drive Safe – Texting While Driving in Florida

With a texting ban set to take effect on October 1, 2013, Florida has become one of the few remaining states without a texting law to prohibit the dangerous act. Although many local residents question why such a law wasn’t passed long ago, it is still better late than never – given the fact that texting while driving has become an epidemic on American roadways.

Bankruptcy Meeting of Creditors: What to Bring & Expect

The Bankruptcy Code requires that all debtors participate in a Meeting of Creditors “within a reasonable time” after your case is filed. While “a reasonable time” is no longer defined by the Code, most of our clients have their Meeting of Creditors within 30-40 days from when their Petition is filed. Debtors are typically given sufficient notice to plan for this hearing, so you will have plenty of time to make child care arrangements, get approval for time off of work, find transportation, and make other plans.

Rick and Donna Crary Featured in Luminaries

Stuart attorney Rick Crary and his wife Donna are featured in today’s issue of Luminaries. Rick and Donna were photographed at the 12th annual Goombay Bash, a fundraising event that raised $180,000 for The Martin Health Foundation LifeSavers. Created in 1983, Martin Health Foundation is a philanthropic, non-profit organization that has raised more than $97 million for life-saving care and health services in Florida. Lifesavers is a Martin Health Foundation organization that has been raising funds to improve the health and well-being of Treasure Coast families since 2002.

JPMorgan Under Federal Investigation for Mortgage Bond Sales

Amid the federal government’s renewed efforts to hold big banks accountable for their actions during the mortgage crisis, JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently announced that the bank is under federal criminal investigation relating to the sale of mortgage-backed securities – the same securities the U.S. Department of Justice have already determined violated civil laws. As many legal and financial experts have stated, the Justice Department’s consideration of criminal charges is unprecedented.

JPMorgan Under Federal Investigation for Mortgage Bond Sales

Amid the federal government’s renewed efforts to hold big banks accountable for their actions during the mortgage crisis, JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently announced that the bank is under federal criminal investigation relating to the sale of mortgage-backed securities – the same securities the U.S. Department of Justice have already determined violated civil laws. As many legal and financial experts have stated, the Justice Department’s consideration of criminal charges is unprecedented.

U.S. Files Suit Against Bank of America Over Toxic Mortgage Securities

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Bank of America for investor fraud after the bank allegedly mislead investors about the quality of loans tied to $850 million in residential mortgage-backed securities. While B of A has been deeply embroiled in litigation since the financial crisis – particularly after the acquisition of Merrill Lynch the notorious subprime lender Countrywide – this civil suit pertains to mortgages the Department of Justice states were originated, securitized, and sold by the bank’s own mortgage operations. Rather than subprime loans, Bank of America’s current suit involves their representation of prime jumbo mortgages, which were loans valued at more than $417,000 for a single-unit residence.

Attorneys Rick Crary II and Donna DeMarchi Featured in Luminaries

Today’s issue of Luminaries will feature two Stuart attorneys from Crary Buchanan – Rick Crary II and Donna DeMarchi – for their involvement in two upcoming charity events. Luminaries is a weekly publication that provides a look into the non-profit and community development scene throughout Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties.