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How Estate Executors Can Successfully Navigate the Florida Probate Process

  September 27, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
If you have been named the executor (a/k/a personal representative) of an estate, you will probably have some questions about your exact duties and responsibilities when it comes to Florida probate.

Thinking of Immigrating to Florida? A Treaty Investor Visa Could Be Your Ticket

  September 26, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
Have you ever heard of a Treaty Investor Visa? Have you considered hiring the services of a Florida Business Lawyer in hopes to expand a business as a foreigner into Florida? While these two topics may look unrelated, they can play a central role in you getting a visa to operate a business in the United States. Getting a visa allowing you to stay for an extended period of time in the US is usually a long and daunting task for many foreigners.

Understanding the Process of Probate in Florida: What You Need to Know

  September 19, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
According to the Florida Bar Association, probate is a court-supervised process of finding and collecting the assets of a deceased person (called the decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the remainder of the assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries

Are You a Resident U.S. Citizen in the Eyes of the IRS? You May Think No. The IRS May Think Yes.

  September 12, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Sometimes taxpayers are unsure of how to interpret the word “residency” when preparing their income taxes.

How to Properly Assess a Franchise Opportunity

  September 12, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Investing in a franchise is attractive for many people seeking to own their own business since you are purchasing a proven business model and get assistance from the franchisor in marketing and other important business operations.

Overview on Getting a Florida LLC Set Up

  September 12, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
Do you have an idea for a business and want to get started on the right track? Do you want to reduce your personal liability exposure from the business’ liability? Do you want to go into business alone or with others, and properly differentiate each other responsibilities and obligations? If so, you may want to consider setting up a limited liability company or commonly referred as “LLC”.

Music May Be Less Widely Available in the Future. Here's Why.

  September 8, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
The government just denied a request from the music industry to change the royalty collection system. Here, we examine what's at stake and explain why change may be imminent.

Divorce, Termed Dissolution of Marriage, Is Best Handled by a Divorce Attorney or Family Lawyer

  September 6, 2016     By The Law Offices of Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.
While it is possible to handle one’s own divorce, it is usually wise to at least look into using an experienced Divorce attorney or Family Lawyer.

Buying a Home? Four Tips to Consider

  September 7, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Buying a home is a huge investment. It can be an excellent investment – but without proper planning and foresight, it can also turn into a disaster.

New Fee Hits Certain L-1 Visa Petitioners

  September 6, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Applicants for certain categories of the L-1 visa are now required to pay an additional fee of US$4,500, thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law in December 2015.

Why Fashion Professional Should Employ a Qualified Fashion Attorney

  August 29, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The global fashion industry has emerged in the 21st century as one of the fast-growing and most dynamic economic sectors in the world.

What Is Fashion Law?

  August 17, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
While the worlds of law and fashion may seem as far apart as one can imagine, legal matters are inseparable from any career or aspirations in the fashion industry. To understand why fashion law is so important, one must start with what it is and why it should matter to you.

Practical Tips for Avoiding Breach of Contract Litigation

  August 19, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Typically, most business people do not want to be in a situation where they feel compelled to get out of a contract before the end of the contract term.

How to Choose the Best Tenants and Avoid Fair Housing Complaints in Florida

  August 15, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The Florida Fair Housing Act and federal law prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on a number of factors, including race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental) or familial status.

About the J-1 Visa Program for Exchange Visitors

  August 15, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The J-1 visa program enables foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to study, teach, conduct research or receive training for up to several years. The J-1 visa program is administered by the U.S. Department of State, which designates public and private entities to serve as sponsors for J-1 visa applicants.

3 Ways a Florida Real Estate Attorney Can Help Property Buyers & Sellers

  August 11, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Buying or selling property is usually the biggest financial transaction in anyone’s life. It can have a ripple effect on your finances for decades to come. Whether those ripples are beneficial or detrimental depends on the details of the transaction.

The True Importance of Written Contracts in Businesses & Transactions

  August 11, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
A written contract plays a vital role in any business transaction. Apart from making the agreement between concerned parties legally binding, contracts can also serve as future references, part of the business’ policies, as well serve as proof in the event of misunderstandings, complaints or disputes needing litigation proceedings

Theft Offenses in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa

  August 11, 2016     By The Kilfin Law Firm, PC
Theft involves the unlawful taking of, or using, the property of another person, or endeavoring to do so. Theft offenses in Florida can be prosecuted as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the nature of the item taken, the value of the item taken, or the number of prior theft convictions an accused person has.

Google Books Is Legal, Making Information Free

  August 9, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
After years of litigation, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that Google Books makes fair use of others' copyrights. What does that mean for you?

Hollywood Defamation Lawsuit Heats Up

  August 9, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
Defamation (untrue statements that damage a reputation) is becoming more widespread as a cause of litigation, as the internet makes it increasingly easy for these messages to spread. Many new lawsuits pertain to false reviews of, or malicious attacks on, businesses. Yet as one lawsuit between two Hollywood heavyweights reminds us, "old fashioned" defamation still occurs as well - and spreads just as easily.

Alcohol, Language, and the Law

  August 9, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
Legal disputes have become increasingly common among breweries and distilleries. Companies are litigating not only over trademark confusion, but also the meanings of words like "craft" and "handmade." The outcome of some of these suits may have wider implications, impacting how certain beverages are labeled.

Social Media with a Side of Litigation

  August 9, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
As social media continues to become further ingrained in our daily lives, businesses and individuals should consider its potential role in litigation - particularly intellectual property-related matters. Here, a few examples of lawsuits and potential lawsuits that have arisen specifically due to social media sharing.

The "Blurred Lines" of Copyright Law

  August 9, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
When a jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' hit song "Blurred Lines" infringed Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," the world was shocked, and the music industry panicked. Here, we explain why the year Gaye's song came out was a major factor in outcome - and why, if it had been written only a short time later, the verdict may have been different.

Drafting Fashion Industry Agreements

  August 3, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Contracts are integral to the success and smooth functioning of every industry, and fashion is certainly no exception.

Is that a Real Employee or a Common-Law Employee?

  August 1, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Before you hire independent contractors, consult with a qualified business attorney to be sure you will comply with IRS regulations. Your attorney can help you draft a written contract that details the duties of the contractor and keeps you on the right side of the law.

How Can I Immigrate to the United States through an EB-5 Investment Visa?

  July 27, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
Many people believe that the only way to get access to residency in the United States is by getting a “green card”, but that is not so. For example, there is a program that gives foreign investors the possibility to obtain a residence permit when investing in the United States.

Do I Need an Operating Agreement for an LLC in Florida?

  July 27, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
In most states, including Florida, it is not required for a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) to have an Operating Agreement, but it is always recommended to create one. The reasons are several, as we shall see below.

How to Prevent Real Estate Title Issues in Florida

  July 25, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Whether you are selling or buying a home, the last thing you want to encounter are problems with the real estate title. Unfortunately, the foreclosure crisis that hit Florida so hard several years ago sometimes makes it difficult to obtain a clear or marketable real estate title.

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

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.

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