Who Owns Intellectual Property on a Team?

Sometimes the best work is done when a strong team comes together. Maybe you or your business brings in consultants to work on a project. Maybe two nonprofits are working together on ways to help the community. We’ve all worked in groups since grade school, but who gets the credit for professional work at the end of the day? It can be complicated when it comes to intellectual property generated through collaboration. Read More

Six Must-Haves in a Shareholder or LLC Agreement

At the beginning of a new business, you need to construct a strong Florida shareholder and/or LLC agreement (depending on the structure of your business). These legally binding documents outline how your company should be run and protect you should issues arise down the road. If there is more than one person funding your business, regardless of whether they are partners or shareholders, it is absolutely essential to Read More

Unique Estate Planning Needs and Challenges for Business Owners

Estate planning is a critical aspect of securing your legacy and ensuring your business assets are properly managed after you’re gone. For business owners, estate planning involves unique elements and challenges, as it must also address the complexities of business ownership and succession. We want to explore these unique estate planning challenges that business owners face and help you implement effective strategies Read More

Can an Owner Sue a Business They Own?

Running a business is one of life’s greatest opportunities. Whether you started the business or became the owner through inheritance or by purchasing another company, it’s a massive opportunity to build generational wealth. Unfortunately, disputes arise even when you're the owner. One question that often comes up is whether a business owner can sue their own business. The simple answer to this is yes, it is possible. Read More

How a Federal Ban on Non-Compete Clauses Would Impact Florida Businesses

Non-compete clauses prevent employees from jumping from job to job, taking important trade secrets and proprietary information with them. According to the federal government, however, these clauses also suppress wages and limit innovation. Two years after the Biden Administration issued an executive order asking for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to consider a ban on non-compete clauses, the FTC is going through Read More

Why Bankruptcy Might Not Be Your Best Option Even if You Qualify

Debt is crushing Americans. In the second quarter of 2023, the Federal Reserve Bank reported over $17 trillion in debt for U.S. households including over $1 trillion in credit card debt. Families are often torn apart and forced to live well below their means just to manage incredibly high debt payments. Many are forced to turn to bankruptcy. This legal avenue to debt relief appeals as a tool to get out from under Read More

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing Real Estate

Buying real estate in this supercharged market can be equally exciting and stressful! Having an experienced real estate lawyer on your side will help make your prospective real estate transaction go as planned. The Florida real estate market can be tricky to navigate, but by working with a real estate lawyer, you will have their experience and expertise to ensure the real estate contract and any transactions work in Read More

How to Avoid Probate

Whether a loved one has recently passed away or you have been avoiding dealing with their estate, the probate process can be incredibly long and drawn out for those mourning the loss of a loved one. Depending on the size of the estate you are dealing with, you may be able to avoid probate, saving yourself time and money. In Florida, if the property left behind by the deceased falls below a certain amount, or if the Read More

Trade Secret Litigation: Protecting Confidential Business Information

The foundation of every successful business is its confidential information, and it is crucial that companies protect this information at all costs. Trade Secrets Trade secrets hold confidential information that gives substantial economic value to a business by giving it a competitive edge. Under federal and state law, companies have statutory protection. Trade secrets are licensable as intellectual property, but Read More

Navigating Child Support: Guidelines, Modifications, and Enforcement

Child support is an obligation ordered through the courts for the financial responsibility for the child’s care, education, training, and maintenance. Florida’s child support law states that no parent can waive child support obligations. What Does Child Support Cover? Child support is put in place to guarantee that the child continues to have a reasonable standard of living. Child support payments may be used in the Read More

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