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 How Do Divorce and Annulment Affect the Immigration Process

Divorce or annulment of marriage can cause some complications with the status of a green card holder. If an immigrant has obtained a permanent residency via marriage to a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, it could lead to revocation of the permanent residency and/or even removal from the country altogether.

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 Florida Paternity Law: Knowing Your Rights

Paternity issues in Florida are handled by Family Law courts; which includes legal versus biological fathers, visitation, custody, and more. With a family law attorney in Florida, you too can handle paternity issues.

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 Florida Franchise Law: Do I Want to Be Part of a Franchise?

There are a number of good reasons to be part of a franchise relationship. For prospective franchisees (the person buying on a franchise), one initial consideration may be the minimization of start-up costs. In exchange for upfront payments and/or monthly fees, the franchisor provides a ready-made business foundation.

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 Divorce and Immigration

The end of a marriage can be a traumatic event, but it may be doubly so if you are an immigrant whose residency in the United States might be at stake. If you are a Florida resident married to a U.S. citizen and in the process of filing for divorce, it is essential that you look for both divorce lawyers in Florida and a Florida immigration attorney.

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 Disestablishment of Paternity: Reasons a Petition May Be Denied under Florida Family Law

Disestablishment of paternity is a process that usually begins when the legal father of a child, who is paying child support, learns new information relating to the paternity of the child.

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 Divorce Related Immigration Issues

Divorce proceedings can affect one’s immigration status as well as one’s ability to continue to reside in the United States. In a situation where a person’s immigration status is dependent on or interlinked with marriage, things can get complicated soon enough and add stress to an already stressful situation.

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 Annulments in Florida & Differences with Divorces in Florida

Marriages fail. It is the sad truth that many people have to face, and they are then faced with the potential options of getting a divorce or an annulment. Florida Family Law lawyers often have to explain the difference between divorce and annulment to their clients.

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 What Florida Job Seekers Need to Know About Non-Compete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants

In today's economy, many workers in a wide variety of fields find the process of seeking employment lengthy, and sometimes frustrating. If you've been looking for a job for a long time and finally receive an offer, it can be tempting to accept right away.

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 Restrictive Covenants in Florida Contract Law Your Business Needs

In a free-market system, competition is healthy and beneficial to consumers, encouraging innovation and competitive prices. In general, the government prefers to encourage, rather than restrict, competition. However, under Florida contract law, there are some situations where businesses can restrict their employees, contractors, business partners or others from competing with them in within a certain time frame and geographical areas.

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 Protecting Your Business Interests with Non-Compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is a type of restrictive covenant that protects employers from employees leaving and setting up a competing business. For example, if you have a medical office that provides a service like radiology, dentistry, or optometry, you might want a non-compete agreement from your partners or employees. This agreement would protect your business from your head optometrist quitting, open his or her own eye clinic across the street, and taking many of your patients

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 Florida Legal Services: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The signing of the Defend Trade Secret Act of 2016 could potentially be great news for companies and businesses seeking protection of their intellectual property. As a Florida business lawyer, I wish to point out that the Act provides companies with options on how to go about protecting their business assets.

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 Florida Legal Services Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship Business

What’s delaying your final decision to set-up a business in one of the busiest streets of Florida? Is it your lack of knowledge on the legal requirements? If you are just finding your way into the world of self-employed individuals or operating your very own small business, don’t let your lack of knowledge prevent your dream of becoming an entrepreneur turn into reality.

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 Florida Income Deductions for Child Support: How Does It Work?

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.

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 Employee Versus Independent Contractor: Avoid 3 Hiring Mistakes Florida Businesses Often Make

The process of hiring someone to work for you can be nerve-wracking and riddled with potential traps that can have expensive legal consequences.

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 Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016: What Human Resource Departments Need to Know

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.

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 Child Support Payments through Florida's State Disbursement Unit (SDU)

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.

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 All You Need to Know About Florida Guardianship

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.

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 Using a Treaty Trader Visa to Immigrate to the U.S.

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.

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

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.

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 How to Start a Business Partnership in Florida

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.

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 4 Benefits of Using an Immigrant Investor Regional Center

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 Overview on Getting a Florida LLC Set Up

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”.

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 The True Importance of Written Contracts in Businesses & Transactions

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

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 How Is Child Support Calculated in Florida?

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.

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