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Less Than Half of Americans Have a Will

I ran across an article by Gallup that found that less than half of Americans (46%) have a Will.  To be honest, I figured it would be lower than that.  So many people want to avoid the topic of death that I think it prevents a lot of people from even contemplating executing a Will.  […]

How a Florida Land Trust Can Help Investors Buy Properties When Taking Over Mortgage Payments

Florida real estate investors have long used land trusts as a versatile legal tool with multiple benefits. The basic framework of a land trust is as follows: The property owner conveys title through a deed to the new owner, the trust. The trustee of the trust holds legal title, while the beneficiary owns a beneficial interest in […]

5 Benefits of a Trademark and Why You Need One to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Trademarks are the building blocks for the success of a new company. There are numerous reasons why a company or an individual needs to secure a trademark, including:   1. Brand Protection The public identifies a trademark and then separates the products and services from the other products and services in that field, creating brand recognition […]

Inappropriate Harassment in the Workplace | A Primer for Florida Employers

Running a business is tough these days … for many reasons.  Business owners and senior managers don’t need internal strife among their employees. Any business with employees must be ever conscious of this fact and have a definitive program to: Prohibit inappropriate harassment of employees. Minimize claims and legal actions against the company for such […]

Understanding Eminent Domain  

An eminent domain case usually starts before the case is filed in the courts. The state agency or the private company that has given the power of Eminent Domain through the Florida Statutes will usually contact the landowner and try to negotiate a purchase price for the property well in advance of the government or […]

Design Patents: All You Need to Know

What Is a Design Patent?   A design patent covers only the ornamental design of an object of manufacture. This means essentially that the design patent protects the appearance of a product. And to be eligible for a design patent, the object’s appearance must be novel and non-obvious. So, there must be something unique about the […]

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 […]

How to Avoid Guardianship?

As you age, it is essential to consider the avoidance of guardianship. Avoiding guardianship rests solely on your intent as an individual and then your capability to draft those crucial documents that relay your wishes regarding who you want to take care of and make decisions for you on financial and medical matters.    Two […]

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