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What is a tort?

Oh, the terms you see and hear when dealing with the legal system.  There’s “Juris prudence” or “pro se” and let’s not forget “ex parte”.  The legal system does seem to have its own language.  A word that is commonly used is “tort”.  Some terms or words can be figured out by looking at the […]

Financial Laws and Their Importance

Law is a diverse field; over the years many new branches of law have come up which seek to provide people with a legal solution to almost any type of problem that they come up against. Laws related to finance have been in place for a long time, but it is only in the last […]

How Do I Put a Lien on a Vessel in Florida?

In Florida, maritime liens are authorized under both federal law, under 46 U.S.C. § 31342, and by statute. If you are interested in federal maritime liens, the Sarasota County Bar Association has a helpful article here. Under Florida law, a marina can put a maritime lien on a vessel for unpaid costs, storage charges, or […]

What is the difference between Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws?

Florida Today (Originally Published in Florida Today) Business Q&A By Edward J. Kinberg The basic difference is pretty simple. Articles of Incorporation are public records, Bylaws are not. In Florida, most businesses must file some sort of organizational document with the Secretary of State’s Office before starting to do business in the State. For a […]

Can you Sue your Landlord?

Florida backs up renters by giving them the opportunity to sue their landlord if they are not being treated right. Now this does not mean that you can sue your landlord because you are unhappy with the amount of rent that he is charging or the color of the furniture he put in the apartment […]

Ask the Question

FL Today Q&A Edward J. Kinberg March 13, 2013 (Originally published in Florida Today in March of 2013) Ask the Question This month, instead of answering a question, I will be discussing a practice businesses can apply to avoid contract disputes: Ask the Question. Based on my 25 years of experience in commercial law and […]

Florida Bankruptcy exemptions

For various reasons, whenever an individual files for bankruptcy, some of his assets are protected and exempted from seizure. The exemption may take the form of either protecting the asset itself, or an amount in cash after the bankruptcy proceedings. Law section 222 includes a list of categories under which a property could be exempted […]

Permanent Alimony Ban Bill Approved by Florida Senate

Ex-spouses who depend upon alimony to live off of may be in jeopardy of losing this extra income.  This past Thursday the Florida Senate voted and approved bill SB 718 with a 29-11 vote count, to ban permanent alimony.  Senator Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland voted in favor of passing the bill. He explains, “Back in the […]

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