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Understanding Your Rights: Dealing with an IRS Notice of Deficiency

Receiving a notice from the IRS can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. But perhaps one of the most anxiety-inducing notices is the Notice of Deficiency. This document is sent when the IRS believes that you owe additional taxes based on discrepancies found in your tax return. However, it’s essential to understand that as a […]

FTC Implements Nationwide Ban on Noncompete Agreements: Impact on Workers, Innovation, and Employers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made a recent announcement of a final rule banning noncompete agreements nationwide. Noncompete clauses have long been criticized for stifling wage growth, suppressing innovation, and hindering economic dynamism. FTC Chair Lina M. Khan suggests that they impede the creation of over 8,500 startups annually and curtail the ability of […]

Navigating an IRS Audit: What Every Taxpayer Should Know

Receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you’re being audited can be an alarming experience, triggering anxiety and uncertainty. However, it’s crucial to approach this situation with a level head and take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth resolution. In this article, we’ll guide you through the key actions you should […]

Employment Agreements to Safeguard Your Business in the Absence of Non-Compete Agreements

In the world of business, protecting proprietary information and retaining top talent are crucial components of success. For years, non-compete agreements have been a staple tool for achieving these goals. However, recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed a final rule banning these agreements. There is a lot of legal uncertainty about the future of […]

Lawsuit over DeLorean Trademarks Heading to Trial – Back to the Future Time Machine at Issue

In the world of cinema, few vehicles are as iconic and beloved as the DeLorean time machine from the “Back to the Future” trilogy. As a sneakerhead, one of my dream sneakers would be the Marty McFly Nike’s, but with a price tag of $18,500, I’m going to have to write just a few more […]

USPTO Unveils Major Fee Overhaul for 2025: New Charges and Increases to Impact Patent Prosecution Strategies

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is set to implement a significant overhaul of its fee structure for the fiscal year 2025. This move, aimed at optimizing the service provided to American innovators, includes the introduction of new fees and an increase in existing ones. These fee increases could alter prosecution and timing […]

The Purpose of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal

As reviewing courts, Florida’s District Courts of Appeal serve as vital pillars of Florida’s judicial system, playing a crucial role in ensuring justice is served efficiently and effectively. History of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal Florida guarantees litigants the right to review decisions made by the trial court, or lower tribunal, to determine if a […]


For small businesses seeking to differentiate themselves, patentable intellectual property can be a cornerstone for success. Whether it’s a groundbreaking product design, innovative software, or a unique process, patenting your intellectual property is crucial. But when should small business owners pull the trigger and consult with a patent attorney to secure those rights? Let’s discuss […]

The Basics of Estate Planning

Estate planning documents are tools created to allow individuals a sense of security and protection for their wellbeing during their lifetime and for their assets once they pass away. The five main documents that serve as a fundamental foundation to any estate plan include: Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, […]

Appellate Team Victory: Fifth District Court Upholds Summary Judgment in High-Stakes Bank Account Dispute

The appellate team of Tiffany Ann Jones, John M. Frazier, Jr., and Eric Hostetler secured a per curiam affirmation at the Fifth District Court of Appeals on an appeal of a Final Summary Judgment. This case involved a dispute between an estate and an heir over a bank account with rights of survivorship. The estate […]

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