3 Disadvantages of a Private Trial for Businesses

Businesses head to court every day for a number of reasons. How they handle the dispute is dependent upon local, state, and federal laws, as well as any contractual obligations they may have. One option they have to have the dispute heard is a private trial. Private trials have some benefits, but they also have a number of disadvantages for your business. Not familiar with the disadvantages? Read on to learn how a private trial can actually hurt your business. 1. Confidentiality Can Be a Disadvantage of Private Trial Resolution Confidentiality is important for many businesses, but sometimes you may...

Understanding the Benefits of Florida Private Trials

Are you a litigant considering whether to participate in a private trial to resolve your dispute? While many people are familiar with binding arbitration but that’s just one of a handful of options a litigant has to reach a resolution. Under Florida Statutes Section 44.104, parties can also resolve a lawsuit by voluntarily participating in a private trial. Read on to learn about some of the most important benefits of Florida private trials! Resolve Your Case Faster It’s no secret that the court systems in most states are overrun with plenty of cases. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought jury...

Understanding the 5 Types of Powers of Attorney

Often abbreviated “POA”, a power of attorney is a document used in estate planning to appoint a person or entity to manage your interests. This agent, by right of the POA has the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf regarding matters outlined in the document. 5 Types of Power of Attorney There are different types of powers of attorney (POA) that provide varying levels of authority to an appointed person. The person to whom you give the POA is referred to as your agent. This agent receives the authority to manage your affairs. The amount of power and...

Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Are you involved in a dispute with a business partner, customer, or family member? Do you dread the time and expense of litigation? You may be surprised to learn that it is possible to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement without the risks and costs of going to court. Learning what is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) may be a possible option for you. Through arbitration or mediation, you and your opponent may find a way to reach an agreement that makes everyone happy. If you are asking, “What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?,” here are three important facts about ADR that you should know. ...

Impact of The California Consumer Protection Act on Civil Litigation

More than a year ago, the California legislature, invoking the California constitution’s right to privacy, passed the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). The CCPA is a sweeping consumer privacy law that enacts some of the world’s broadest data protection regulations. After more than a year of preparation, the California Attorney General’s office released final CCPA regulations on June 1, 2020. The AG’s office finalized the regulations just in time for the law to go into effect on July 1, 2020.  What Does the CCPA Do? Under the CCPA, California residents now have the right to…. Notably, the CCPA does not apply only...

Voluntary Trial Resolution in Florida

What Is Voluntary Trial Resolution? Voluntary trial resolution, or a private trial, is a type of alternative dispute resolution that allows two parties to come to an agreement by way of a third party acting as a judge and offering a verdict. In 1999 Florida legislature passed legislation that the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar sponsored. The law mirrored similar legislation in California designed to help reduce the backlog of cases (leading to delays in receiving trial dates) and the diminished judicial resources. Florida legislators appended the arbitration proceeding in Statute 44.104 so that for the past 20...

Florida Commercial Leases: What You Need To Know Before Signing

A commercial lease is a contract between a landlord and a business to rent commercial real estate for business purposes. Commercial leases are much more complex than residential leases. The provisions and terms within the contract have a significant impact on the tenant. As you prepare to lease commercial space or sign a lease renewal amendment, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your best interests. It is crucial that you, the tenant, understand how each provision affects your costs and overall responsibilities. Most people need help with deciphering , as well as negotiating the lease terms....

Florida Business Law: Types of Liens Explained

If you have a lien on your business’ property or assets, you’re likely concerned about the legal ramifications of failing to pay a debt. In this article we will explain the different types of liens that may affect your business. What is a lien? A lien is a legal claim against either a business’ property or assets. This allows a lender, or lien holder, to either take control of or take legal action to settle any debts on the property or assets. This gives a credit security interest in your business property until that lien is released. For example, if...

Florida Non-Compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement (NCA) is a binding contract that helps employers protect their business. They are so popular than an estimated 36 million to 60 million private sector workers are subject to some form of NCA. It’s easy to see why NCAs are so attractive to businesses. They forbid employees from sharing proprietary information, working with competitors, or starting a competing business. While they may seem appealing to business owners, NCAs are not without criticism. In some cases, they’ve been thrown out of court for being too restrictive on workers’ rights. If you’re considering using an NCA, here are many...