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Business Lien: Is That a Thing?

When you first start your own business, you have fantasies of how great business will be. You daydream about the possibilities and the successes. One thing new business owners often overlook is the possibility of getting a bad deal or into a contract dispute. However, these little things, or not so little things, add up quickly. As a result, they leave you and your business struggling financially. These struggles may lead to a business lien. Join us for some basic information about a business lien, including what it is and the types of liens. What is a Business Lien? In [...]

April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

What to Include in a Severance Package

It is an unfortunate fact of business ownership and management that eventually you will have to terminate someone’s employment with your company. Whatever the reason for the termination, you will need to consider what to offer to your employee as they transition out of your business and into their next venture. This means that you will need to negotiate a fair severance package for your employee. What “fair” entails will be determined by you, your financial advisor, your attorney, and your employee. With more and more business struggling to stay afloat in the era of COVID-19, this is something you [...]

March 26th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Interviewing Potential Employees: Top Questions To Ask

Interviewing potential employees is an essential function of any business. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a job interview is to pick and choose questions that help you to understand the mindset of the person being interviewed. However, this can be somewhat tricky. You have to read between the lines of some answers or ask questions that are very pointed. Your business attorney can help you to find questions that will expose the answers you are looking for without crossing any boundaries. Included below are some helpful questions for interviewing potential employees to guide [...]

March 19th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Property Transfer After a Divorce

If you find yourself contemplating a divorce or currently entrenched in the divorce process, you may be wondering what happens when it comes time for the property transfer. After all, that property comes with a significant contract and a hefty price tag, not to mention the tax implications. So, what is the best way to remove the former spouse’s name from the deed? And when should it be completed? No matter which party is keeping the property, these questions and more should be something you discuss with your divorce attorney as soon as possible. Tax Implications As a general rule, [...]

March 12th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Debunking Divorce Myths

When it comes to divorce, everyone has their own ideas about what happens and what it means for those involved. Some of these notions may be correct, others may not be. This leads to many divorce myths. We are here to set the record straight on some of the more common divorce myths and partial truths. Spousal Support Is Only For Women While this may have once been the case, it is no longer so cut and dry. Spousal support is meant to ensure that both members of the relationship are able to establish themselves in their new lives outside [...]

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Top Questions to Ask a Divorce Attorney

Whether you are just thinking about divorce or are already on the search for the right divorce attorney, there are a few key things you need to know before making your selection. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with this person as you are going to be trusting them with all the details of your life. Even you have received rave reviews from the internet and family or friends, it is still essential that you do your due diligence in researching your attorney options. Below are some questions that you need to ask anyone who will potentially [...]

February 26th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

A Client Service Agreement

One of the most important things you can do when you run a business that provides a service it to have a client service agreement. Having all your customers sign this document protects both you and customer and outlines exactly what services you will provide. Unfortunately, many businesses either do not utilize this valuable document, or they do not include enough information in their agreement. These mistakes sometimes lead to disputes that must be settled in court. If you wish to minimize these disputes for your own business, we recommend that you speak with your business attorney to draft a [...]

February 5th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Non-Compete Agreements Under Florida Law

When a business hires an employee, they put trust and resources into that employee in training them and sharing trade secrets. Often, to protect their investment in the employee, they will have the employee sign a non-compete agreement. In this article, we will discuss the legal ramifications of non-compete agreements. What are Non-Compete Agreements? A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employer and employee that prevents the employee from working with the employer’s competitors after the employment with the employer is over.  In other words, a non-compete agreement prevents a person, once they are no longer working at their [...]

January 29th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Hiring an Attorney: What You Need To Know

What do you call ten thousand attorneys at the bottom of the ocean?  A good start!  How often have you laughed at that joke or a million others, making fun of attorneys? Many people even claim to not like attorneys - that is until they need one. In this article, we will discuss the considerations a client should make when hiring an attorney. When Do You Need a Lawyer? There is no clear answer to this, as everyone has different circumstances they are facing.  The timing of when to hire a lawyer comes down to the needs of the individual.  [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Guardian Ad Litem, What is That?

In Florida family law, the doctrine of “best interest of the child” is the guiding principle for the court. In some cases, however, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem. This often happens when the parents are spiteful and the child is too young to express what they want. Read on to learn how the court uses a guardian ad litem. What is a Guardian Ad Litem? The court appoints a guardian ad litem to act on behalf of the child to present their best interest. Guardians ad litem are often attorneys by profession. However, the role of the [...]

January 13th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Grandparent Visitation Rights

In an ideal world, families are so close-knit that grandparents see and speak to their grandchildren at any time. There are times, however, when family disputes between parents and grandparents boil over. This might result with cut off contact between grandparents and grandchildren. In cases such as these, it is natural for grandparents to be able to assert some legal rights to have a relationship with their grandchildren. In this article, we will discuss what grandparent rights, if any, exist under Florida law. What Standard Does Florida Family Court Use? For minors in Florida, the state applies the standard that [...]

January 8th, 2021|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Terminating Parental Rights

If you are reading this, hopefully, it is for informational purposes and not because termination proceedings have been started against you.  The termination of parental rights is a legal remedy available to the courts. However, it is usually a last resort or worst-case scenario for the courts. Read on to learn the basics of terminating parental rights. What Does Terminating Parental Rights Mean? When one has their parental rights terminated, the courts are legally declaring as if you never had a child. Typically, the courts' most important consideration is the “best interest of the child”. In almost any case of [...]

December 27th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Relationships are like rollercoasters.  They all have ups and downs.  Some relationships have more ups than downs where others have more downs than ups.  Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can assist in protecting individual assets in the case of divorce or death. What are Prenuptial Agreements? The courts in Florida also call prenuptial agreements, premarital agreements. The premarital agreement is a legal contract between two individuals before marriage.  These agreements often guide the courts on how to split marital assets and determine alimony in case the marriage ends in a divorce.  The agreement becomes executed once the marriage has been made [...]

December 18th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Emancipation Under Florida Law

It is natural for children and parents to have disagreements.  If you listen to any home with teenagers, you will eventually hear an argument or hateful words. You, yourself as a teenager probably uttered similar words to your parents out of anger or frustration.  99% of the time, the teenager does not mean it. There is, however, the 1% where a child needs to be “divorced” from his or her parent(s).  In Florida, the process is emancipation. What is Emancipation? Emancipation is the legal term for a minor to gain the rights and responsibilities of an adult.  Florida automatically extends [...]

December 11th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Difference Between Divorce and Annulment

The sad reality of marriages is that sometimes they no longer work out.  When the honeymoon stage of marriage reaches its logical conclusion, the couple has a decision to make. Do they carry on with their relationship or do they end it? If they do end it how do they decide between a divorce and an annulment?  Below, we discuss the differences between divorce and annulment and when they are applicable for a couple. What is a Divorce? Under Florida law, a divorce is a dissolution of marriage. Firstly, the parties seeking to end the marriage must prove that the [...]

December 4th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Common Questions and Answers Regarding Divorce

If you are considering divorce, you likely have some questions regarding the divorce process. There are many details and nuances involved, so it can be difficult to give specific answers to every questions, but today we are going to answer some of the more broad and common questions that people have about divorce. How much does it cost? There are many different fluctuating costs depending on the specifics of the divorce. There are, however, some fixed costs which include court fees and filing fees. Depending on what state you live in, these costs generally range from $200-$500. Fluctuating costs include [...]

November 27th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Coronavirus and Divorce

In the wake of the coronavirus, the country is experiencing an unfortunate side effect. There was a sudden increase in the number of divorces. Though not directly caused by the coronavirus, the extended periods of togetherness and feelings of isolation have pushed already strained relationships to the brink. Seeking a divorce during the lockdown has made the process of divorce a bit more challenging, though not impossible. It also means that there will be some additional hurdles to finalizing the divorce. However, your attorney can help you with every step of the process. Increased Stress According to articles by the [...]

November 20th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Seniors and Divorce

An interesting statistic over the last few decades shows that the rate of divorce among senior citizens has increased significantly. No matter what age bracket you fall into, divorce is never an easy decision to make. But it can pose some additional challenges for those who fall into the “senior” category. Today we are looking at some of the common struggles that seniors face when getting a divorce. Finances The financial impact of divorce can hit especially hard if you are a senior. The effect of rising living expenses in the face of retirement can drastically alter if not completely [...]

November 13th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

What To Do If An Employee Refuses to Return to Work

With many states and counties opening back up, some employers are facing difficulties with an employee who refuses to return to work. Employers need to tread lightly when dealing with reluctant employees. The practicality and legality of these issues can be quite complex. It is crucial for employers to speak with their business attorney to ensure that all of the legal ramifications have been considered before taking next steps. ADA According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, employers  must consider any reasonable request for accommodation. This applies to any individual employee who refuses to return to work, regarding [...]

November 6th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

Why Hire a Divorce Attorney

Deciding to get a divorce is not something that should be taken lightly. It can be a long and arduous process, especially if the relationship is not ending amicably. One thing that you can do to make the process easier for yourself is to hire a divorce attorney. You want someone on your side who can help you navigate the ins and outs of the divorce process. Below we discuss some of the major reasons to hire a divorce attorney. Reduce Stress One of the biggest reasons to hire a divorce attorney is to reduce stress. Divorce is one of [...]

October 30th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

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