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Should You Invest in a Resale Franchise?

  July 19, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
There are many reasons franchisees decide to sell their franchise – life changes like death, divorce or retirement comes to mind – and if you are looking at investing in a resale franchise, you should neither discount nor leap into it without careful investigation.

Licenses and Permits for Opening a Restaurant in Florida

  July 20, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
If you are opening a new restaurant in Florida or are the new owner of an existing restaurant, you are required by law to obtain a business license from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants before you can begin operation.

Do I Need a Real Estate Lawyer To Close a Sale of Residential Property in Florida?

  July 18, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
In the State of Florida, it is not mandatory for the buyer or the seller to hire a real estate attorney for the closing of the sale of residential real property. Many operations are conducted through negotiations between the parties; real estate agents, and the involvement of a title company. However, real estate transactions are important and complex investments, and, in most cases, one of the most important purchases for an individual or family.

Missing and Exploited Children

  July 19, 2016     By CSI Secure Solutions
According to the US Department of Justice, every year there are around 800,000 children who got missing or exploited. (October 2002 report) That's typically 2,185 children being reported missing every day.

How Does Workers' Compensation Work in Memphis?

  July 15, 2016     By Morgan & Morgan
When a Memphis worker is injured on the job, they can rely on workers’ compensation for medical benefits, and in some cases, replacement wages. Workers’ compensation laws are complicated, though, and differ from state to state.

Using a Quitclaim Deed to Transfer Property

  July 13, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
A quitclaim deed is used to transfer a property owner’s interest in the property to another person without any warranties or guarantees as to the state of the property.

Commercial Lease Negotiation Tips for Entrepreneurs

  July 13, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Getting the right space to house your new business is essential, but you need to get it on the right terms to ensure your business is in a prime position to succeed. Commercial leases are prepared by landlords, and crafted to favor landlords.

Terms of Service For E-Commerce Websites

  July 12, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Although the average consumer tends to disregard the fine print found in a terms of service contract, this legal documentation provides protection and security to business owners and/or service providers in the event of an unforeseen situation or unexpected outcome. Especially for companies that conduct business or facilitate various transactions via the internet, a website’s terms of use is imperative to compensate for the lack of or limited verbal and/or written communications.

Contingencies that Homebuyers Should Include in a Purchase Contract in Florida

  July 8, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Contingencies in real estate purchase contracts specify conditions that must be met before closing can take place. Some of the standard contingencies in real estate contracts include financing, inspections, insurance and other things that must be in place before the sale is completed.

How to Minimize Risk When Leasing Investment Property to Renters in Florida

  July 7, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Successful real estate investors know that to protect your investment, you not only need to have the proper insurance for your property, but you also need to take some extra steps to manage risk when leasing investment property to tenants.

In Florida, Can Alimony Be Modified Following the Final Dissolution of Marriage Judgment?

  July 6, 2016     By The Law Offices of Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.
Yes, in many instances in Florida post judgment alimony can be modified. There are, however a number of considerations. Alimony is money paid from one party in a dissolution of marriage to the other party.

How to Defend Against a Breach of Contract Claim

  July 6, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
One of the most common business disputes involves a breach of contract, where lawsuits are filed because one party believes another party has failed to deliver on the terms of a written – or sometimes oral – contract.

How to Fight a Post-Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment in Florida

  July 5, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Even with the national economy and housing market on the upswing, Florida continues to have one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the U.S.

Distressed Homeowners: Know Your Rights Under the Florida Fair Foreclosure Act

  July 5, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Florida was among the hardest hit states in the national housing crisis, and state courts are still dealing with the flood of foreclosures crowding dockets. In 2013, the Florida Fair Foreclosure Act (“FFFA”) was signed into law in attempt to unclog the court system with an expedited foreclosure process that both hurts and helps distressed homeowners.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Florida?

  July 11, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
Child support, either as a result of divorce or a dispute between unmarried parents, is a potentially complicated situation from the emotional, financial and family point of view. The parents and parties involved (including your Florida divorce or family attorney), must not lose sight that the goal of child support is not to resolve conflicts between the parents but to ensure the welfare of the children.

Florida High School Lacrosse Player Files Injury Lawsuit Against County

  July 1, 2016     By The Pendas Law Firm
A female high school lacrosse player recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against Orange County, the Florida High School Athletics Association, and the opponent who dealt her the blow that caused her to sustain a concussion during a game. The Orange County lawsuit seeks $15,000 in compensation as remedy for the victim’s injuries.

Florida Enacts Collaborative Divorce Law

  July 1, 2016     By Vanessa L. Prieto Law Offices, LLC
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 967, which is entitled “Collaborative Law Process Act,” into law on March 24, 2016. In doing so, Florida joins an increasing number of other states who already have enacted legislation permitting collaborative divorces. Before the Act becomes effective, however, the Florida Supreme Court must approve and adopt Rules of Procedure and Rules of Professional Conduct to govern the collaborative divorce process.

Special Issues with Facial Injuries

  July 1, 2016     By Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian
Facial injuries can be devastating and traumatic. In the personal injury context, they are different from other types of injuries; the very appearance of a scar, a wound, or disfigurement may need to be compensated. Much more than visible damage to other parts of the body, facial injuries can cause emotional distress, affect quality of life, or require reconstructive surgery. How does a personal injury case function or change when the injury is to a victim’s face?

Pedestrian Liability in Vehicular Accidents

  July 1, 2016     By Alan Goldfarb, P.A.
Accidents between a pedestrian and a car can be some of the most dangerous kinds of vehicular incidents in terms of the possibility for serious personal injury or death. The weight and momentum of a vehicle, combined with the lack of protection inherent to being a pedestrian makes it so that even a low speed collision can cause grievous injuries to the people involved.

Medical Records and Insurance Companies after a Car Accident

  July 1, 2016     By Gillette Law, P.A.
After suffering injuries in a car accident, a person may seek compensation or coverage for the medical bills related to these injuries, either from their own insurance company or from a third party insurance company. Whichever insurance company a person is dealing with, there may come a point in the claims process where additional medical information is requested by the insurance company.

Enhanced Life Estate Deeds in Florida

  June 30, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Enhanced life estate deeds, commonly known as “Lady Bird Deeds” provide a legal mechanism for property to pass automatically to a person or group of people without going through Florida probate.

Fighting a Florida Drug Possession Charge

  June 30, 2016     By The Baez Law Firm
Florida’s drug laws are among the strictest in the nation. Mere possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine is a third degree felony, which can carry penalties including fines and up to five years in prison. If you are currently facing possession charges, however, you are not without legal defenses.

Business Fraud Committed by Employees

  June 30, 2016     By Pike & Lustig, LLP
Business owners place significant faith in the hands of their employees. Unfortunately, sometimes this trust is misplaced and insider employees commit major fraud against the business. Florida companies of all sizes have been seriously damaged by employee business fraud. If you believe that your company has been victimized by an employee, please contact an experienced West Palm Beach business fraud attorney for immediate legal assistance.

Caution: Boating in Florida May Be Fun, but Know the Risks

  June 29, 2016     By Pita, Weber & Del Prado
Summer is the time of year when people usually think about all the time they plan to spend outside enjoying the weather and spending more time with their family. While Florida’s climate allows for outdoor activity year round, there is still an emphasis on doing more during this season, now that children are out of school. Many of these activities happen on or around water due to the state’s geography, and as a result, Florida has one of the highest levels of boat ownership in the country.

Four Common Nursing Home Injuries

  June 29, 2016     By Hornsby Law
Nursing homes ideally provide safe, nurturing environments for individuals who cannot live on their own. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents in Florida and throughout the United States find themselves suffering from illness and injury as a result of poor sanitation, unsafe conditions, and abuse from their caregivers. When this happens, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for his or her damages through a nursing home abuse claim.

Perfecting Your Security Interest – Requirements for Listing a Debtor’s Name on Florida Article 9 Filings

  June 28, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Florida lenders seeking to secure a lien against the personal property of a borrower in default must follow the guidelines detailed in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and Florida’s Article 9, which governs secured transactions and is applied to a wide range of consumer and commercial credit transactions.

What Is the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice for Georgia?

  June 24, 2016     By Morgan & Morgan
When a patient is injured by their doctor’s negligence, they can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In Georgia, the statute of limitations can vary based on the specific circumstances of each case.

Can You Break the Law in Virtual Reality?

  June 24, 2016     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
Virtual reality is now becoming mainstream. What was once a popular topic for science fiction, virtual reality is now becoming – for lack of a better word, a reality.

.law Could Set Off A Domain Gold Rush

  June 30, 2016     By MileMark Media, LLC
.law is a top/level domain dedicated to lawyers.

USCIS Issues Draft Policy Memorandum on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

  June 24, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a draft policy memorandum on L-1B adjudications, calling for feedback by May 8, 2015, before the policy becomes effective on August 31, 2015.

Urban Development Boundary

  June 23, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
For the majority of cities and places, development is a good thing. Not only is it often a sign of economic growth, it can also mean additional jobs being brought into the area, especially when the projects include office buildings, warehouses, and other commercial properties.

How to Form an LLC in Florida

  June 22, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The primary benefit of establishing a business as a limited liability company (LLC) is asset protection. The personal assets of LLC owners are protected from business liabilities — including debts and litigation — as long as the LLC is maintained properly.

Do You Really Need an Operating Agreement for Your Florida LLC?

  June 21, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Since Florida law does not require limited liability companies (LLCs) to have an operating agreement, owners may wonder if they really need one. As experienced Florida business attorneys, our answer is an unequivocal yes.

How to Create a Business that Will Endure Through Succession Planning

  June 16, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Business owners are usually so focused on running their business that they neglect to plan for the day when the business will need to run without them.

What Businesses Must Do to Adhere to the New Overtime Rule

  June 16, 2016     By Marshall Socarras Grant, PL
The Department of Labor announced a new rule that greatly expands the number of administrative and professional employees who may be paid overtime by their employers. The new rule will take effect on December 1, 2016, making it very important that businesses throughout Florida evaluate employee classifications and make any necessary adjustments to comply with the new laws.

Auction Error Ends With $1.5M Tab for Nonbuyer

  June 16, 2016     By Marshall Socarras Grant, PL
Maybe it was the speed of the auctioneer’s prattle, the thrill of bids rising in $100,000 increments or the rush to snag a multimillion-dollar mansion at a discount, but the buyer with a NASCAR pedigree mistakenly thought it scooped up two beachfront estates for $6.2 million.

Date Rape: What It Is, the Law and the Consequences

  June 15, 2016     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
The difference between ‘date rape’ and standard ‘rape’ in the legal context is restricted to the legal meaning of the terms. Thus, they carry the same serious consequences.

Florida “Murderabilia” and “Son of Sam” Laws

  June 15, 2016     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
It is the times really, crime fascinates our society, and the morbid curiosity for all things crime can be nauseating at extreme levels. The biggest culprits for the advance of this crime fascination are the media and cinema.

Daytona Beach Latest Florida City To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

  June 15, 2016     By Morgan & Morgan
Daytona Beach leaders on Wednesday unanimously voted for a plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in what is the first big step in a process that includes a public hearing and a later final vote.

Before Starting a Business, Know What Labor Laws Apply to You

  June 15, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The process of starting a new business can be hard to navigate. Labor laws regulating employer relationships with potential employees can be confusing.

Drug Testing in a Florida Workers' Compensation Claim

  June 14, 2016     By Coye Law Firm
An employer may deny "medical and indemnity benefits" outlined in chapter 440 of the Florida statutes (which provide workers compensation benefits to injured workers) if an employee's drug test is positive for prohibited substances. However, the employer can only do this in most circumstances if they conduct the test according to rules outlined in the statute.

Sample Workers' Compensation Deposition Questions In Florida

  June 14, 2016     By Coye Law Firm
This article lists some sample questions that you may be asked by the opposing counsel in a deposition. The deposition is a legal meeting that carries the same importance as a hearing in front of a judge, so you are legally liable for whatever you say in the meeting. If you are confused or unsure during a question, you are allowed to consult your lawyer. Try your hardest to remember accurate answers, but don't be afraid to admit you don't remember something.

Draft Your Florida LLC’s Operating Agreement

  June 14, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
An operating agreement is your LLC’s contract describing the method of operation of the LLC. It sets out rules that govern issues such as partnership arrangements, voting powers, profit sharing, management structure, and company dissolution.

Legal Requirements for a Food Truck in Miami

  June 9, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular in major metropolitan areas around the country and local governments are responding by adopting regulations that govern how food trucks operate in their communities.

4 Common Legal Mistakes Business Owners Need to Avoid

  June 7, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Many small business owners start with the intention of building a business that both thrives and survives for years to come.

The 5 Biggest Myths About Business Incorporation

  June 2, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
If you are in the process of starting a new business, deciding on whether or not to incorporate that business can have long-term consequences when it comes to taxation and personal liability protection.

Home Underwater? Four Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Situation

  June 1, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Unfortunately, many people are still suffering from the housing market crash that began in 2006. It’s particularly painful if you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth.

Benefits of a Florida Land Trust

  May 31, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
A Florida land trust is a legal agreement under which the title of real property is vested to a trustee. The beneficiaries of the trust direct the trustee on how to maintain the property. The trust also allows the beneficiaries to collect rent without holding legal title to the property.

Five Tips to Avoid Jeopardizing Your Next Business Deal

  May 24, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Whether you’re an experienced business owner or an entrepreneur just embarking on your first business venture, there are certain missteps that you need to be aware of in order to avoid jeopardizing your corporate transactions.

Walk This Way: Pedestrian Accident Prevention

  May 24, 2016     By Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, PA
Between 2009 and 2014, the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States grew by 19 percent, far outpacing the number of total traffic deaths (which only grew by 4 percent). Florida was once again listed among the top states for pedestrian deaths nationwide. As the number of cars on the road increase and distracted driving becomes a more prevalent issue, this trend may continue to worsen.

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