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Protect Your Business Assets

    Your business assets are valuable. You need to understand this when starting your own business. Not only are we talking about things like equipment and a building, but also the “intellectual assets”. Situations arise that will necessitate the estimating the value of the company’s intellectual assets. Some of these include: 1. Whether it […]

Joint Authorship or Contractor for Hire

  So many people are turning to the internet to start or help maximize their business potential. Many times the proprietors need content and have to get the help of others to write this content. This can create a problem if it is not spelled out in the beginning what the role of the content […]

Can I Squat and Take Over an Abandoned House?

  The answer to that question is “yes”. However it is a lot more complicated than moving in and staying there. With the massive number of houses in foreclosure, many of them are sitting empty for long periods. There have been cases where people have gone into these homes and stayed in them for a […]

Apple vs. Samsung: Apple Gets One Billion Richer

    A jury awarded Apple over one billion and fifty million dollars in their lawsuit over patent infringements with Samsung. There were some troubling facts about the case though. The jury awarded an extra 2.5 million on a devise they ruled did not infringe on Apple’s patents. Sloppy. They also took only three days […]

What is Fair and What is Not When it Comes to Debt Collecting?

  You’ve been getting those annoying phone calls from the people you owe money too. You don’t have the money. You’re out of work or you took a pay cut. If you had it, you’d pay it. Now you have to listen to these people threaten you? Are they allowed to do this? Well, yes […]

Private Property Owner

  What happens if a private citizen or company buys some land and the government comes along after the purchase and tells the person or persons, “You cannot build anything on some or all of it because it is a wetlands area”? Thanks to the Florida Land Dispute Resolution Act, property owners in Florida can […]

Mediation: A Valuable Tool or Waste of Time

  In many civil cases, a judge will order mediation before the case goes to trial. Is this a useful tool? Or is it a waste of time and money? It all depends on the case whether mediation is going to help or not. Many times a case is an “all or nothing” kind of […]

Loan Modification? It Can’t Hurt to Try

  We’ve all heard the horror stories from friends who are now unable to make their mortgage payments. Some have tried to negotiate with their lenders. Some have dealt with banks that were not willing to do much to help them out. Others had better luck with their banks. But, just like we said before […]

Criminal vs. Civil Law

  Most people probably can tell you about criminal cases. In a criminal case the people or state, represented by a State’s Attorney, must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” the defendant is guilty of violating the law in which he or she is charged. Many people however get this wrong and confuse “reasonable doubt” and […]

What to Do About Your Foreclosure

    So you lost your job? Welcome to the club. That puts you in the same boat with most of the people we know. Through no fault of your own the economy tanked and so did the company you work for. So now you can’t make your house payments because you couldn’t find another […]

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