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How to Mitigate Intellectual Property Infringement

When it comes to Intellectual Property, it is essential to consider your options and legal protection. There are many ways individuals can intentionally or unintentionally interfere with your Intellectual Property.  Helpful hints to avoid interference by others:  Have a Trademark registered for your desired brand’s name, logo, or design to ensure they are secured and […]

Successful Business Basics: Why You Should Consider Hiring a Lawyer

When you start a business, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, but often the last one on the list is whether your business will need a lawyer. There are two professionals that every single business should have from the start – a trusted accountant and a lawyer who understands your […]

Contracts, Doctors, and Common Mistakes: What You Should Know

As a medical practitioner, the last thing you should want or need to worry about is what may be in your employment agreements. Your years of schooling, testing, training, and keeping society healthy should be your dominant focus without the added stress of whether your practice and business contracts are set-up properly to protect you. […]

Florida Supreme Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard

On April 29, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court decided that Florida will now follow the federal summary judgment standard and adopt the text of the federal summary judgment rule as opposed to crafting a new Florida-specific rule. However, the court did make one minor change, which includes that a court “shall,” as opposed to the […]

Resolving Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder Disputes Unfortunately, shareholder disputes are a common part of business, but they don’t have to be debilitating to your enterprise. If you have a shareholder agreement in place, you’re already in a more positive position to resolve issues, but whether you do or not, you still may face the decision on whether to institute […]

Contracts, Force Majeure and COVID-19 Impacts: What You Need to Know

Every industry has been or will be affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, as the world continues to grapple with the ongoing health and financial crisis, businesses are trying to determine and guard against the impacts. For example, there are ongoing contractual obligations to many parties and in a multitude of areas, […]

Finalizing Business Agreements – What Willie Taggart and Florida State Can Teach Us

As a Florida State University alumnus, a recent news topic caught my attention. According to reports, the FSU Seminoles former head football coach, Willie Taggart, was possibly fired without the execution of a formal contract. Allegedly, the only document memorializing the university’s hiring of Taggart was a nine-page letter of agreement. Of course, if that […]

How to Avoid Shareholder Disputes

In a perfect world, businesses would run seamlessly, shareholders would always agree on decisions, and there would never be legal actions based on claims between and among those who hold shares in the same enterprise. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and shareholder disputes are unfortunately a reality in many companies, large […]

Most Common Causes of Shareholder Disputes

No relationship is perfect — and that includes business relationships. Disagreements are inevitable even in situations that seem the most amicable, such as family-held companies. Disputes may involve absolutely anything concerning the business, from everyday operating procedures to how the company is being managed. Some of the most common shareholder disputes including the following: Direction […]

What Is a Shareholder Agreement and Do I Need One?

Having a solid foundation is crucial to any business, and in the context of enterprises that have shareholders, one of the key components of that foundation is a shareholder agreement. In short, yes, you need one. A shareholder agreement is a voluntary and consensual contract among and between those individuals who hold shares in the […]

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