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Digital Payment Processors for Landlords and Small Businesses

Digital Payment Processors for Landlords and Small Businesses With the rise of modern technology, digital payment accessibility is evolving faster than ever. It’s easy to pay a friend for dinner or split the cost of this month’s bills using new electronic payment options such as Venmo, PayPal, and Zelle… But are they something your business should consider? For a lot of people, cash isn't king anymore. With more and more people using digital payment systems to make purchases and pay rent, the question of whether to accept these payments is arising regularly for small businesses and landlords. And it makes [...]

August 26th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Independent Contractors and Noncompete Clauses

Independent Contractors and Noncompete Clauses It's simple. Noncompete clauses in employment contracts have nothing to do with your freedom to work or travel and everything to do with protecting your business. Noncompete clauses don't just help keep workers from jumping to a direct competitor—they also can help protect your trade secrets and customers. While noncompete clauses can be helpful, using them carefully is essential. An overly restrictive contract might end up backfiring on you. Some noncompete clauses are written so broadly that they include anyone who might have even the slightest amount of company-specific knowledge, which can be problematic… Especially [...]

August 20th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Crowdfunding Concerns for Small Businesses

Crowdfunding Concerns for Small Businesses Imagine if you could raise money for your idea through the combined effort of interested friends and strangers. Now, imagine that it was easy and fun. That's the story of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding sites provide a platform for anyone to ask the general public for money in return for a reward. You have an excellent idea for a business but don't have the funds to make it happen. Crowdfunding can help you reach your goal using sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Should you be worried? Yes, potentially. If you're unsure about crowdfunding your project, do some [...]

August 15th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Going Cash-Free as a Small Business

Going Cash-Free as a Small Business Although cash remains king in America, consumers increasingly use credit and debit cards to pay for purchases. With this taken into consideration, some businesses have decided to ditch cash altogether and only accept credit and debit cards… Why? Those pennies add up. And for business owners, the shift comes down to numbers - security and cost savings are critical. Some businesses that accept credit cards don't consider the hassle and cost when their invoicing system breaks. One big downside of accepting credit cards at your business is paying a fee for each transaction. And [...]

August 8th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Small Businesses and Collection Agency Contracts

Small Businesses and Collection Agency Contracts Payment integrity is a major concern for any business owner, particularly when considering the impact of late payments. If you are running any type of business, you will have clients that are late in paying their bills or, in the worst case, attempt never to pay at all. In a perfect world, customer payments would come in on or before the due date, and no one would delay payments to you. But we all know that's not how things work. In the unfortunate case that you find your business regularly requests errant customers to [...]

July 26th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Ensuring Trade Secret Safety With Remote Workers

Ensuring Trade Secret Safety With Remote Workers A trade secret can take many forms, including formulas, drawings, patterns, and compilations, including customer lists, programs, devices, methods, and techniques. All of these things are unique to your business, an identity for your company. As a result, such information is easily exploitable by malicious parties and could spell doom for any business to have them exploited. In the face of a growing trend of businesses allowing workers to remain at home, companies are increasingly concerned with protecting trade secrets and confidential information. The law requires that a company take “reasonable measures” to [...]

July 20th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Securing E-Commerce Businesses Against Legal Disputes

Securing E-Commerce Businesses Against Legal Disputes It can be relatively easy to make a website and start a few e-commerce businesses, or to start selling online the same products you already sell in a brick-and-mortar shop. Since citizens can operate many types of online businesses from home, they are enticing, we understand. Starting an online business offers you the opportunity to avoid paying for a storefront and having a vast reach across the nation. But, as with any venture, there are risks involved. Before you get started, it's best to be aware that there are several legal pitfalls anyone could [...]

July 15th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Protecting Your Home Business From Litigation

Protecting Your Home Business From Litigation When a business is sued, a number of factors come into play. This can include money, time, reputation and stress. Lawsuits can also end with one party paying damages and/or court fees. So, is a home business also at risk? Currently, the Small Business Administration (SBA) notes that there are nearly thirty million small businesses operating within the country. Most of them are home-based, equating to nearly 50 percent of the U.S. economy. But, with the ever-troublesome woes of life that follow, how can these businesses protect themselves? Always Maintain a Positive Reputation. As [...]

July 8th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Ring Ownership In Dissolved Engagements

Ring Ownership In Dissolved Engagements Dissolved engagements are something that none of us want to consider. An unfortunate reality of any romantic enterprise is that, on occasion, they go poorly. Perhaps one party involved was not faithful, or the ring itself was an issue. But, regardless of the reason, many disgruntled ex-fiancées have issues deciding who the ring goes to – And usually, it should return to who originally purchased it. What Does A Ring Mean? To begin, a wedding band is a gift presented in consideration of marriage, paying little mind to who offered the association. In any case, [...]

June 26th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

Learning You Are Not A Child’s Biological Parent

Learning You Are Not A Child's Biological Parent Parenting can be one of the greatest achievements for any individual, shaping the life and future of a well-functioning member of society. But, on occasion, the worst circumstances can find that, biologically, a child they think is their own… Is not. This can have a great emotional impact and have massive legal ramifications to understand. When this tragedy, unfortunately, becomes a reality, several processes are necessary to move forward. What is Legal Paternity? Biological and legal paternity are two separate entities in a court of law. Biological paternity determines the circumstances of [...]

June 20th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

Is A Lawyer for Uncontested Adoption Necessary?

Is A Lawyer for Uncontested Adoption Necessary? Either a biological parent might be absent, or the relationship has fallen apart... An uncontested adoption is an option for families of different backgrounds to better tie themselves together with more legal binding. With the rate of divorce in the US being so high, it is not uncommon that children from previous marriages might be in a situation where they wish to be adopted formally by their stepparent. But, the process for such can be complicated. A parent might wonder if the assistance of a legal professional might be necessary. Steps for a [...]

June 15th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

Defining Child Custody and Support

Defining Child Custody and Support Child custody and support can be a rather difficult topic for any family to think about. But, when the situation arises, it can be helpful to be well-informed on the processes involved in setting up child custody/support following a separation. This article will detail said processes and assist with understanding the situation. To begin, it is usually in the child's best interest for a structured support system, both monetarily and supervisory, to be created for their safety and mental well-being. Having the influence of both parents to guide them into adulthood is critical for their [...]

June 8th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

What to Know About Contract Disputes

What to Know About Contract Disputes Many business owners pale at the thought of conflict. This is part of why a contract can be so intimidating... What if something goes wrong? For as long as there have been contracts, there have been disputes. People try to wiggle out of them with wordplay, exploitative language, or simply fail to deliver. It can seem like arguing these cases yourself is an uphill struggle... And court seems more and more likely with each passing day. Going to court over a contract dispute is one of the last things anybody wants to do. Not [...]

May 26th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

What Happens if Somebody Refuses a Divorce

What Happens if Somebody Refuses a Divorce The decision to end a marriage isn't an easy one. Coming to an agreement to end the marriage can be even harder. There is a notion that if one party refuses a divorce, it can be stopped. This can create a tense, frustrating environment. However, in Florida, this can't happen. A spouse who doesn't want to end the marriage can't stop the process themselves. Instead, this may accomplish making the divorce take longer and cost more. As this can introduce some complications, we'd like to walk you through what the process will look [...]

May 20th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Long Distance Custody

Long Distance Custody Divorce is always a complex issue. A person's entire life can get rearranged in a short time. The grieving process eventually heals, and people adapt to a new life. The issue of complexity is exasperated whenever children are involved. As you and your ex go separate ways, what happens to your children when life takes you elsewhere? It's not uncommon for divorced couples to relocate, after all. Is this allowed? Can your ex move your kids away from you? What counts as long-distance custody? Can your ex move out of state? In this article, we'll answer these [...]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

How to Change Registered Agents

How to Change Registered Agents Starting a business in Florida is an exciting prospect. With no income tax and very favorable treatment of businesses, it's a great place to set up shop. But, now that you've finished filing all the paperwork and made your first dollar, you might start to notice something... Things don't always go the way they should. If it's your first business, that's perfectly normal. You'll be learning as you go, no matter how well prepared you may have felt. You may have to change this or that with your business as it grows. But finding out [...]

May 8th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Five Most Common Contract Problems

Five Most Common Contract Problems As the owner of a new small business, we will assume you're not an expert yet. That's okay! Even so, if you're not an expert but you know you need contracts, congratulations. You're doing great already. A contract is an essential piece of documentation that helps protect your business. Not all contracts are created equal, though. Just like you wouldn't drive a car missing a front wheel, you wouldn't use a bad contract. Poorly written, vague, and weak contracts can cause many issues. At Thompson Law, we're here to navigate you through your small business [...]

April 26th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

What is the Mediation Process

What is the Mediation Process Divorce is not an easy subject for anybody. The process can be harrowing for several reasons. However, as of the 1980s, the process has become a little more bearable. This is thanks to the advent of divorce mediation and alternate dispute resolutions. All Tampa Bay area divorce cases now require mediation before going to court, as do many areas in Florida. When families can make their own choices, both parties agree that the process is smoother. Nobody likes having a judge determine what's best for every step of the process. The mediation process, and help [...]

April 20th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

How to Protect Your Children During a Divorce

How to Protect Your Children During a Divorce Most parents experiencing a divorce do so alongside their children. While it's stressful for everyone, there is no question that children suffer the most. They have no control over what you and your spouse do. They have no control over where they go. It's a scary time for your kids, making it a big worry for you. It's clear why the presence of children makes divorce an all the more emotional and volatile time. For some parents, the idea of protecting their children means custody... Or some other way to have full [...]

April 15th, 2022|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

Adoption Challenges to be Aware Of

Adoption Challenges to be Aware Of The legal process of adoption can help new families form lasting bonds. However, the adoptee and adopter often face many stumbling blocks and learning experiences. No matter how noble adoption might be, these issues can complicate the process. Some families find themselves overwhelmed very quickly after adopting. It can feel hard to know how to face them when you're not ready. By preparing yourself ahead of time, you can face these issues as a family. The way you prepare depends on what kind of adoption you have. In the broadest sense, there are open [...]

April 8th, 2022|Categories: child custody|Tags: |

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