AREAS OF PRACTICE


SECURITIES LITIGATION AND CLASS ACTIONS
 

Serving the South Florida area and Nationwide. Our law firm has represented hundreds of investors nationwide and recovered millions of dollars from Wall Street brokerage firms on their behalf.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
 

The process of retrieving your lost or missing assets from the Government can be a time consuming, confusing, and burdensome process. Our firm’s specialty is to work directly with the State of Florida and recover those assets on your behalf.

PROBATE
 

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under a will.

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MEET OUR TEAM

We recognize the importance of working closely with our clients in order to provide legal solutions.


CHARLES E. SCARLETT, Esq.
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CHARLES E. SCARLETT, Esq.

Charles E. Scarlett is an attorney with over thirty (30) years of broad-based experience concentrated in the field of securities litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, as well as successfully representing customer-victims of stockbroker misconduct.
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SCOTT D. HIRSCH, Esq.
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SCOTT D. HIRSCH, Esq.

Scott D. Hirsch has a broad range of experience representing clients in civil litigation matters in federal and state court as well as representing investors before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).
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Rebecca Pontillo

Paralegal

A certified paralegal from NALA, Rebecca has 7 years of experience not only in the legal industries of real estate and probate, but specifically in the Unclaimed Property. As a member of the Scarlett & Hirsch team, Rebecca heads our firm’s Unclaimed Property division.

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Sarah Huergo

Paralegal

An experienced paralegal with 5 years of extensive experience in probate, estate planning, corporate/transactional law, and real estate. Sarah heads our firm’s probate division, handling a range of testate and intestate estates.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY



F.A.Q


WHY ARBITRATE INSTEAD OF GOING TO COURT?

Almost all brokerage firms have an arbitration clause in the customer agreement. Therefore, you have probably waived your right to go to court and you must arbitrate your case. Arbitration is usually quicker and less expensive than filing a lawsuit.

WHY IS PROBATE NECESSARY?

Probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent left a valid will, unless the will is admitted to probate in the court, it will be ineffective to pass ownership of probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent had no will, probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to those persons who are to receive them under Florida law.

WHAT IS A CIVIL LITIGATION ATTORNEY?

A civil litigation attorney is an attorney that handles the entire process of filing, pursuing or defending a non-criminal lawsuit on your behalf. Additionally, a civil litigation attorney can advise you on whether your case is best suited for court, or can be handled better outside of the courtroom; such as through mediation or arbitration.

HOW LONG DOES THE ARBITRATION PROCESS TAKE?

The average time from the filing of the Statement of Claim through a final hearing is approximately twelve months.

DO I NEED TITLE INSURANCE?

Purchasing real estate is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. With that in mind, you will probably want to insure it not only to protect it from fire and theft but also from title defects that may allow someone else to hold a claim to your property.

WHAT DOES A TITLE INSURANCE POLICY COVER?
  • Correction for problems that did not show up during the title search or were missed by the examiner.
  • Errors in public records.

NEWS


S&H Investigation- Merrill Lynch Strategic Return Notes

Scarlett & Hirsch, P.A. is investigating claims for investors who purchased Merrill Lynch Strategic Return Notes. These volatility-linked structured notes were marketed to investors as being low cost, when in fact they were not. FINRA recently fined Merrill Lynch $5 Million for its negligent and misleading disclosures in the sale of these investments. If you […]

October 12, 2016
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FINRA New Investor Alert

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) issued a new Investor Alert last week called “Messaging Apps Are Latest Platform for Delivering Pump-and-Dump Scams.”  FINRA warns investors of stock promotions sent through messaging apps such as WhatsApp. WhatsApp users were inundated with text messages touting the stock of Avra Inc. The messages appeared to be sent […]

September 11, 2015
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Scarlett & Hirsch, P.A. Investigating Claims on Puerto Rican Issued Municipal Bonds

Scarlett & Hirsch, P.A. is investigating claims surrounding the sale of municipal bonds issued by Puerto Rico. On Monday August 3, 2015 Puerto Rico failed to meet a $58 million bond payment placing it into default, thereby increasing concerns that the U.S. territory will not be able to satisfy its $72 billion in debt obligations. […]

August 4, 2015
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