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Resolving 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 formal proceedings […]

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 […]

Widerman Malek Obtains Victory at Trial

On November 2nd, 2018, Widerman Malek obtained an order granting its client’s motion for involuntary dismissal with prejudice.  This remedy is granted less than 0.1% of the time state-wide at the county level. This was a matter in which our client would have lost his business, and likely ended in financial ruin to himself and […]

Sales of Vessels and Memorandums of Agreement (“MOA”)

In general, contracts for the sale of a vessel do not fall within the federal court’s admiralty jurisdiction. Acting in accordance with contracts for the sale of a vessel – contracts for the construction of a vessel (or, shipbuilding) do not fall within the federal court’s admiralty jurisdiction either. However, contracts to repair vessels are […]

Appraisal Contingencies – What Home Buyers Should Know

Purchasing a new home can be both an exciting and stressful proposition. It likely involves traveling around to numerous homes and touring them with your realtor (if you have one) and trying to decide the best location for yourself and/or your family. When you’ve finally decided on the home, that is where the real work […]

Mediation – An Overview

Mediation is the process of bringing two parties (or more) together to resolve a dispute or conflict. In law, mediation is used as a tool to help settle cases by bringing the parties together. Mediation is conducted by a neutral third party professional called a mediator.  Often, mediators are retired judges or lawyers who have […]

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