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How the Causation Element Works in Florida Personal Injury

  October 20, 2016     By Law Offices Of David I. Fuchs P.A.
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.

Five Things to Look Out for in Any Restaurant Purchase

  October 19, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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.

Questions and Answers about the New Federal Trade Secrets Act

  October 19, 2016     By The Lomnitzer Law Firm
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.

How to Protect Your IP with a Non-Disclosure Agreement

  October 17, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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.

Common U.S. Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Foreign Investors

  October 17, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The four most common immigration visa options for entrepreneurs and foreign investors come in two categories.

I-9 Compliance Tips for Employers

  October 12, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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.

The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection in Fashion

  October 10, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
More than many other industries, fashion thrives on the ideas, concepts, designs, and other creative contributions of its personnel.

How Employers Can Avoid These 4 Common Immigration Mistakes

  October 10, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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.

What You Need to Know about Treaty Employee Visas When Immigrating to Florida

  October 7, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
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.

New Florida Workers’ Compensation Bill Will Change Penalties

  October 6, 2016     By Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A.
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.

Drunk Driving Causes Another Wrongful Death

  October 5, 2016     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.

10 Things Landlords Need to Include in a Rental Agreement

  October 3, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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.

L-1 Visa for Entrepreneurs

  October 3, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
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).

How to Start a Business Partnership in Florida

  October 3, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
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.

6 Circumstances Where an LLC or Corporation Won’t Provide Asset Protection for Personal Wealth

  September 29, 2016     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Many business owners establish their enterprises as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation for asset protection purposes.

4 Benefits of Using an Immigrant Investor Regional Center

  September 28, 2016     By Apfelbaum Law
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.

Florida Allows Post-Judgment Modifications for Alimony--What You Need To Know

  September 28, 2016     By The Law Offices of Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.
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.

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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