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February 17, 2017 By Apfelbaum Law
When a court enters an order for child support, there are several ways in which the payments can be made. They can be made directly between the parties, as long as they agree and it's in the best interest of the children involved. If that is not the case, they can be sent through the SDU, which is a depository that receives and sends support payments.
February 9, 2017 By Apfelbaum Law
The process of hiring someone to work for you can be nerve-wracking and riddled with potential traps that can have expensive legal consequences.
February 2, 2017 By Apfelbaum Law
The enactment of Defend Trade Secrets Act (the DTSA), brings a potential new changes to Florida contract law. According to this recently enacted Federal Law, it is now incumbent upon an employer to provide a notice-of- immunity to all their employees and contractors. This is true for all contracts or agreements with an employee or an independent contractor in relation to the use of trade secrets and other confidential information.
February 1, 2017 By The Law Offices of Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.
Spousal support in West Palm Beach, sometimes referred to as Palm Beach alimony support is best addressed by an experienced Family Law attorney. This is true whatever your county of residence is. There are many in and outs in helping a party receive or have to pay out in the game of spousal support and it takes a professional to win the game.
Getting arrested is a stressful and upsetting situation, but it’s very important to not let that affect your judgment. The wrong reaction can take away possible defenses or lead to additional charges. To protect your rights, do these six things if you are arrested.
We’ve all done it. One minute you’re walking along, then – bam! – you slip or trip and find yourself on the floor. Slip and fall accidents have a self-explanatory name, but they often result in a more complicated legal case than one would expect. If you’ve been injured on another person’s property or own property on which someone was injured, it’s important to understand what constitutes negligence and who may be held legally responsible.
Few people realize that there are guidelines the court goes by to determine if a property owner is liable for an injury sustained while a person was on their property. A case is not won or lost simply because a person was injured. Other factors must be proven before a liability suit can be won. The first step is to become familiar with the terminology of premises liability laws.
Accidents, especially those involving personal injury, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Navigating your way through the legalities of it all should be the least of your concerns. To help, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked personal injury questions. Read through each answer and feel free to comment below, or reach out with any additional inquiries.
January 30, 2017 By Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, PA
Car manufacturers continue to develop ways to ensure that both car drivers and passengers remain safe in the case of an accident. One of the latest innovations in vehicle technology is the creation of a self-driving car. With a computer manning the wheel, the possibility of human error contributing to a crash is greatly diminished. But accidents still do happen.
January 27, 2017 By Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, PA
After an accident, it can be difficult to assess if the personal injury settlement you’ve been offered is fair. Know when it is time to renegotiate.
January 18, 2017 By Apfelbaum Law
The State Disbursement Unit (known as the “SDU”) is a processing center that receives and sends child support payments. It collects payments by electronic means, by mail (check or money order), or though automatic payroll deductions, and then pays electronically to a bank account to the individual receiving child support.
January 17, 2017 By Apfelbaum Law
Assuming the role of guardianship is a big responsibility. If in any way you have plans of claiming guardianship, be aware of Florida guardianship law.
January 3, 2017 By Percy Martinez Law Office
Car accidents which involve drunk driving are considered to be a civil lawsuit in the state of Florida. Specifically, in Miami, the drunk driver, may be held responsible for criminal charges which include fines and quite possibly face jail time.
November 28, 2016 By Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, PA
"Full Coverage" is one of the most common myths of insurance. Learn where your gaps may be, and how to better protect yourself after an accident.
November 23, 2016 By Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, PA
Social media has become a cornerstone of communication. Before mentioning your accident online, know how social posts can impact your personal injury case.
Filing a personal injury claim can be trickier than it sounds. What do you need to know beforehand to increase your chances of succeeding?
Legally changing your name is more than just a personal decision. To have your new name legally recognized, you must follow Florida statutory law. If you are interested in a legal name change, here is how you can do so.
The United States and Cuba marked another historic milestone recently when JetBlue Flight 387 sojourned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba. Flight 387 was the first direct commercial flight between the two countries in more than a half-century. Six months ago, the two countries signed an agreement to re-establish scheduled air service between them, moving beyond the charter services that had been the sole direct flights for many years.
Corruption is a significant risk for companies doing business in Mexico: bribery is widespread, and business registration processes, including the obtainment of construction permits and licences, are negatively influenced by corruption.
If you have been in a tow truck crash accident, then you need to consult with an attorney. A recent fatal tow truck crash in New Orleans highlights why it’s important for accident victims to get legal help right away following an accident.
With all of the industries and jobs in Orlando, it is important to understand your options should you get injured on the job.
Because the process of distributing assets is complex, with many potential pitfalls, it is vital that you seek the advice and services of an experienced probate attorney.
One of the first decisions a business owner or practicing professional faces is choosing the best business entity for their organization.
Most entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed by all of the decisions that they must make when starting a new business.
It is a common misconception that oral contracts are not enforceable. It is true that certain agreements must be in writing to be enforceable.
A treaty trader visa can enable a foreign national to immigrate to Florida for the purpose of starting, developing and directing import/export trade between the treaty country and the United States. A trader can apply for treaty trader visa using immigration lawyers in Florida, who would have knowledge of the application process and requirements, as well as advise you of necessary or applicable Florida legal services needed.
In Florida, personal injury lawsuits require that the plaintiff show that the defendant(s) directly caused or substantially contributed to the injuries at-issue. Read on to learn more about causation.
Does your work involve trade secrets? If it does—or even if you’re not sure—there’s some new legislation that you should know about: the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. Here’s some information about the act and how it may affect you.
There are few endeavors more exciting and captivating than owning a restaurant. But don’t let the allure of being a restaurateur distract you from the risks and challenges that come with acquiring any business.
The employment landscape has changed over the last few years and many small and mid-size companies today operate with outside help – contractors or freelancers who perform important tasks but who are not full time employees on your payroll, or even third party companies who consult on a new product or service.
The four most common immigration visa options for entrepreneurs and foreign investors come in two categories.
Federal law requires that all employers verify the eligibility of new employees to work in the U.S. by completing Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form. This must take place within three days of the new employee reporting for work.
There are several options for Florida employers who want to hire foreign nationals but understanding all those options and the process for bringing a foreign worker to the U.S. can prove daunting for most companies.
More than many other industries, fashion thrives on the ideas, concepts, designs, and other creative contributions of its personnel.
Treaty employees from foreign countries that have signed navigation and commerce treaties with the United States can use treaty employee visas to gain entrance to the United States. They can do this as an employee of a treaty trader who has started an import/export business between the United States and the employee’s country of origin.
There’s a new workers’ compensation bill in the Florida Senate, and if it is enacted, it will make some serious changes. It’s argued that the changes will do a few things, including make sure that businesses are not shut down needlessly when it’s discovered that they are not carrying insurance, and it will offer tougher penalties as is increases the actual fine multiplier from 1.5 times to 2 times.
By Lavent Law
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of accidental death in America. Sadly, accidents caused by drunk drivers not only make up a significant portion of these, but are also some of the most overwhelming because of how completely unnecessary and avoidable they are.
If you are new to leasing investment property to tenants, you need to be sure that your rental agreement covers all the bases so you can protect your investment properly.
When organizing and planning a business in Florida, you have the option of many entities, each of which have their advantages and disadvantages. General partnership is one of those type of entities the owners of a business can form to conduct their business operation.
You may be eligible for an L-1 visa for “intracompany transferees” if you are an executive, manager, or a worker with specialized knowledge who has worked abroad for a qualifying organization (including an affiliate, parent, subsidiary or branch of your foreign employer) for at least one year within the 3 years preceding the filing of your L-1 petition (or in some cases your admission to the United States).
Many business owners establish their enterprises as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation for asset protection purposes.
The United States is deemed by the world to be the land of opportunities for both job seekers and investors alike. There are more jobs and commercial opportunities here than any other place in the world. That is why most corporations and sole proprietors around the globe perceive it as the ultimate destination.
Alimony, known as spousal support, unless waived by both parties as part of the final judgment, is available in Florida for either spouse as needed during the litigation for a divorce, known as dissolution of marriage, and following the final decree.
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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
Sometimes taxpayers are unsure of how to interpret the word “residency” when preparing their income taxes.
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.