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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 […]

COVID-19 and Contracting with the Feds – 8 Things Florida Businesses Need to Know

On hold for now. The requirements of federal contractors and subcontractors under Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“EO – 14042”) issued September 9, 2021 and updated December 13, 2021 and the Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (“Guidance”) issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force […]

Lawsuit Filed Against SBA Administrator Carranza Citing Failure To Pay $10,000 Grants Promised To Small Business Applicants

Widerman Malek has filed a federal lawsuit against Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, requiring Carranza to abide by the express language of the CARES Act, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL grant program. “We are working tirelessly to get our small business clients the funding to which the businesses are legally entitled,” […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Employees and Employers

Due to the damaging effects that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having on health and finances, the United States Congress continues to pass legislation to help provide relief to people. One of the larger bills recently signed into law is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The full FFCRA actually contains several bills or […]

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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