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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 […]

Buying A Franchise? Important Things to Consider

Acquiring a franchise has many benefits, including brand recognition, stability, developed business systems, training and support. However, that ownership also comes with certain limitations, requirements, and potential challenges. If you are thinking about buying a franchise, there are a few things you should consider before making that investment. The decision to buy a franchise should […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Riparian Rights in Florida: What You Should Know

What Are Riparian Rights? The vast majority of our state is surrounded by water: coastlines, rivers, streams, lakes, and waterways. Often, owners of waterfront property end up in disputes over what are called riparian rights. Riparian rights are simply those rights for which a waterfront property owner owns upload property that extends to the normal […]

Anticipating a Business Divorce? Steps to Prepare for its Success.

Anticipating a Business Divorce? Steps to Prepare for its Success.    Unfortunately, you must prepare for the worst at the beginning of the initial realization and plan to see a business dream come true. The worst possible outcome could be the breakup and eventual ending of the partnership. To have a substantial base for the […]

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. […]

Johansson v. The Walt Disney Company, A Contracts Cautionary Tale

The litigation between Scarlett Johansson and Disney settled with undisclosed terms but the fons et origo* of the dispute is a contracts cautionary tale. Generally, each party to a contract should have a clear understanding of the terms of the agreement. It should be easy for a party to a contract to articulate what they […]

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