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The Duties of a Trustee: How to Choose, How to Prepare

  April 19, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
It is not unusual for a family member to be named as trustee for a trust that benefits a number of other family members. However, just because you are related to someone does not necessarily make him or her a good trustee.

Common Areas to Slip and Fall

  April 13, 2015     By Rivas Law Group
In some cases, people enjoy falling: falling in love, falling asleep, falling in with good fortune, etc. Most of the time, however, falling is an unpleasant, jarring experience. It's unfortunately one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, accounting for 21.3% of all causes.

Choosing a Trademark That Will Last Over Time

  April 12, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
The purpose of a trademark is to differentiate and protect a company’s goods or services in the marketplace. A trademark also represents an intangible asset in the form of consumer goodwill that has been assigned to the company through its history of providing quality goods and/or services.

10 Legal Tips for Business Startups in Florida

  April 7, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
If you are starting a Florida business, you are certainly not alone. The last economic recession made entrepreneurs of many Florida residents.

Timeshare nightmares (cont'd)

  April 7, 2015     By Aaronson Law Firm
Read the horrible story of Ahkmed and learn from his mistakes. Don't underestimate timeshare sells men.

Intellectual Property: 3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

  April 7, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
If the success of your small business rests with your intellectual property, then you should be very interested in how you can protect it. Filing for a patent can be costly and time-consuming; you may not be able to wait that long, especially if you need to share your idea with others for it to come to fruition.

Common Defenses for a Breach of Contract Claim

  April 3, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Breach of contract claims — when one party sues another for failing to deliver on the terms of a written or oral agreement — are one of the most common business disputes in Florida courts today. Consequently, it is useful for Florida business owners to be aware of some of the common defenses for a breach of contract claim:

Plague of Stealthy Arbitration Clauses Erodes Legal Rights of Unsuspecting Public

  April 2, 2015     By Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
The findings of a study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau show a disturbing trend underway by corporate america – blanket credit service contracts with arbitration agreements to prevent the public's ability to sue.

A Legal Checklist for Starting Your Own Business

  April 1, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Whether you are already a small business owner, or a soon to be business owner struck by the entrepreneurial spirit , there are certain legal aspects to starting your own business that you just cannot ignore.

6 Circumstances where a Trust Will Serve You Better than a Will

  March 31, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
A will is the cornerstone of a complete Florida estate plan, and may be useful for anyone with assets that they wish to pass along to others, as well as parents of minor children who will need a will to name guardians for their children.

Timeshare Booking

  March 31, 2015     By Aaronson Law Firm
How timeshare originated, and how timeshare resorts have changed and taken advantage of this.

Transferring Business Ownership

  March 30, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
What is a Transfer of Ownership? As they say, all good things must come to an end. Maybe you’d like to retire, or maybe it’s time to pass the family business to the next generation. For one reason or another, many business owners will face a time when they need to transfer their ownership rights to another person or entity.

Is the Person Working For Your Business an Independent Contractor or Employee?

  March 29, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and it’s important to understand the difference. Knowing this distinction will help you determine what your first hiring move will be and affect how you withhold a variety of taxes and avoid costly legal consequences.

Small Business Owners: Five Ways You May Be Breaking Employment Law Without Knowing It

  March 26, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Breaking Employment law? You may be a great employer, but you may be breaking employment law without even knowing you’re doing it. It’s pretty easy, as a business owner and an employer, to accidentally break the law. Here are five ways it can happen.

Your 8 Step Guide to Navigating Business Contracts

  March 25, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
It’s easy to feel lost when first reading the language used in business contracts; all those details swirling around are important, but often difficult to follow. Placing legal terms in context, and gaining an understanding of provisions, are great ways to start feeling comfortable with this common contract that’s the backbone of every transaction.

What are Timeshare 'Points'?

  March 25, 2015     By Aaronson Law Firm
The timeshare deed system required a level of disclosure that effectively prevented certain practices hurting the bottom line of the unscrupulous timeshare developer.

Intellectual Property Law: Understanding the Basics

  March 24, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Intellectual property law is an intimidating subject for many business owners. Sure, you’ve heard horror stories about intellectual property being stolen… but that would never happen to you, right? Actually, if you’re in business long enough, there’s a very good chance that your ideas will be stolen. And if you don’t protect yourself, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Four Steps to Stronger Business Contracts

  March 23, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Strong business contracts are essential to protect yourself and your business. Below are four key steps to creating effective business contracts.

Alternatives to Foreclosure: Six Options

  March 16, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
What are the alternatives to foreclosure? Falling behind on your mortgage payments is extremely stressful. You toss and turn at night, imagining losing your house. But there is hope. Even if you've defaulted on your mortgage, you may be able to find an alternative foreclosure which will allow you to keep your home should you desire to do so.

Employment Perks May Count Toward Income in Florida Child Support Calculation

  March 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
The Florida economy may be on the rise, but it still is struggling.

Florida Parents Seeking Divorce May Find Mediation Helps Them Find Common Ground

  March 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Florida parents who can navigate their way through the process of divorce in as friendly a manner as possible can demonstrate to their children that people with major differences can put their feelings aside and negotiate a settlement that benefits both parties.

Home Issues Come to the Forefront in Florida’s Divorce Mediation Process

  March 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
One of the main issues a Florida couple will have to deal with during a divorce is what to do with their home.

5 Common Debt Buyer Lawsuit Defenses

  March 6, 2015     By Florin Legal, P.A.
In addition to each of the defenses available in an original creditor lawsuit, debt buyer lawsuit defenses include standing, limited admissibility of documents, conditions precedent, and additional damages under the FDCPA.

When it Comes to Child Support in Florida, Gender Makes no Difference in Non-Payment Issues

  March 3, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Many Florida residents may be surprised to learn that the mother does not always get custody of the couple’s children in the event of divorce.

Florida Couples Who Co-Own a Business May Benefit from Divorce Mediation

  March 3, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Many Florida couples are co-owners of a family business. As long as their marriage continues on good terms, the business usually runs without a hitch.

Could the Wedlease become a Reality for Florida Couples in Family Law Mediation?

  March 3, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
A new concept has surfaced recently that attempts to address the soaring divorce rate in the United States. Introduced by a legal scholar, the arrangement would be called “wedlease.”

What is Contractual 'Consideration'?

  March 3, 2015     By Aaronson Law Firm
Legal parlance in our system is not to be confused with standard English. Often, words commonly used in standard English have a very different meaning in the legal context. For example, take the word 'consideration.' You know that this word typically refers to civility or empathy in socializing. Not so in legalese.

Florida Alimony Reform 2015

  February 27, 2015     By Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A.
Florida Alimony Reform legislation was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives on February 23, 2015. This bill creates guidelines, comprised of presumptive alimony amounts and presumptive alimony durations.

What to Expect at a Florida Small Claims Pretrial

  February 25, 2015     By Florin Legal, P.A.
Service of a Small Claims Lawsuit is often a consumers first interaction with the civil court. Here is a quick explanation of what to expect at a Florida Small Claims Pretrial.

5 Common Defenses to a Credit Card Lawsuit

  February 25, 2015     By Florin Legal, P.A.
Five Common Defenses to a Credit Card Lawsuit include reviewing consent orders, inconsistencies, contract amendments, counterclaims, and payment plans.

Warratless Blood Draw in DUI Investigation

  February 19, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
In Missouri v. McNeely, the United States Supreme Court decided that a blood draw is a search which is protected under the Fourth Amendment.

What is the Fundamental Attribution Error?

  February 19, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
The fundamental attribution error is a term, which refers to the common human error in which people tend to underestimate situational influences and overestimate individual personality factors, when explaining behavior.

Defenses to the Enforcement of Timeshare Contracts

  February 19, 2015     By Aaronson Law Firm
Understand your timeshare contract obligations, the hidden language, and the defenses that may get you out of your agreement.

For Florida Parents, Child Support Payment Anxiety Can Indicate Underlying Trust Issues

  February 17, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Most Florida parents realize that they must continue to provide for their children after they have been divorced.

In Florida, Couples Should Consider Property Division Before Creating Tax Strategies

  February 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Wealthy Florida residents who are married or planning to get married might want to consider creating a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement before they consult their financial advisor to plan their tax strategy for the coming years.

Florida Military Ex-Spouses Should Review Benefits after Divorce

  February 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Many Florida residents who are ex-spouses of military personnel may be unaware that they may be eligible for benefits after they have been divorced.

New Technology, New Definition of “Family” May Change Florida’s Child Custody Law

  February 16, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Many Florida families look at the new technologies by which children can be conceived and wonder how best to interpret the meaning of the word “family.”

Differences Between Assault and Aggravated Assault

  February 6, 2015     By Morris Law Firm
Assault and aggravated assault charges in Florida differ based on a variety of factors, including if a deadly weapon was involved in the offense and who is the alleged victim. Assault generally is a misdemeanor with possible jail time, but aggravated assault is a felony offense with harsher penalties.

Prescription Drugs Without a Prescription

  February 4, 2015     By Thomas Shawn Lupella PA
Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and/or obtaining them by fraud crimes are rapidly becoming some of the most frequently charged felonies and misdemeanors in Okaloosa County.

Alcohol and Mind Wandering

  January 28, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
Alcohol has been shown to be one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents; around 58% of drivers involved in fatal crashes were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol in a research review article. An article written by Michael Sayette and colleagues in Psychological Science, suggests a factor contributing to the commonality of DUI arrests: mind wandering.

Overview of Business Crime in Latin America

  January 27, 2015     By Diaz Reus, LLP
While several Latin American countries have vowed to combat corrupt practices and have enacted legislation to formalise their intentions, meaningful change requires active enforcement as well as the political will and sacrifice to exact it.

Different Issues Handled by a Family Attorney

  January 23, 2015     By CP Law Firm
You are proposed to contemplate a number of distinct things, with regards to selecting quality family attorneys.

Florida Homeowners and Investors Bracing for Next Huge Wave of Mortgage Foreclosures

  January 22, 2015     By The Neustein Law Group, P.A.
The next foreclosure epdimic is coming from hundreds of thousands of Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC)s that are coming due after their 10 year term.

Florida Couples Using Divorce Mediation may Benefit from Financial Adviser

  January 21, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
To help couples navigate through the murky waters of divorce settlements, divorce mediation can be a real lifesaver.

Displaced Aggression Theory - Road Rage

  January 19, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
Displaced aggression can occur when someone cannot aggress towards the source of incitement or provocation, so instead takes it out on something else and behaves aggressively towards another individual that had nothing to do with the initial conflict.

Florida Couples Should Keep Debts in Mind During Divorce Mediation

  January 12, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
So many issues come up during divorce mediation that couples often become overwhelmed with all of them. Child custody, alimony, and child support are only a small part of the items that should be covered.

For a Friendly Divorce, Florida Couples Find Help in Divorce Mediation

  January 12, 2015     By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
If couples can put their differences aside to create an atmosphere of teamwork, they can work with a divorce mediator to help them achieve a friendly divorce.

Psychopathy and Altruism Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

  January 11, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder believed to be affecting 1-2% of the world's population. Those afflicted have certain personality characteristics: Shallow emotions, superficial charm, impulsiveness, and lacking any empathy or remorse, often leading to antisocial behaviors and criminal activity.

Drug Trafficking: Not All Charges Are Equal

  January 11, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
There are often completely different outcomes in similar criminal cases depending on the statute an individual is charged with. Prosecution must be accurate and precise in their charging decisions. Charging someone with the wrong crime can result in charges being dropped; cases are lost all the time due to technicalities.

Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior Peer Rejection

  January 10, 2015     By Kenneth Padowitz P.A.
It has been continually shown over the years by developmental psychologists that a child’s peer relationships are essential in proper emotional and social development of an individual. Around the time of puberty, these adolescents begin to become more susceptible to the influence of their friends, and less susceptible to the influence of family or parents.

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