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Are Foreign Prenuptial Agreements Enforceable in Florida?

A prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) is an contract signed by both spouses-to-be before marriage. The general purpose of a prenup is for future spouses to agree to certain rules for property and asset distributions in the event of death or divorce. For instance, a couple might agree to waive rights to alimony or set monetary limits...

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International Law: Hague Conventions

Any practicing international law firm worth their weight should be immediately familiar with Hague Conventions. They have been pivotal in defining many of the laws helping to govern internationally. That is to say, these multilateral agreements stem from more than a hundred years of cooperation. However, it may be surprising to learn there is not...

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What if an Employee Refuses to Return to Work?

As the economy restarts, many employers are facing the serious problem that some employees are reluctant to return to work. Some of the reluctance is driven by legitimate fears related to the coronavirus and its spread. For others, it is a matter of economics. The legal and practical issues are complex and employers must tread...

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Remote Notarization of Estate Documents Begins

On July 1, 2020, remote online notarization of wills and estate documents will go into effect in Florida. See Florida Ch. Sec. 117.201 et seq. Remote online notarization has already been in effect for other types of legal documents. In the past, ensuring the validity of estate documents required the physical presence of a certified...

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Mistakes to Avoid in Barter Transactions

Bartering is the process of exchanging goods or services for other goods or services without the use of money. While this alternative form of payment is generally thought of as an antiquated business practice, it is a practice that may prove to help businesses survive the economic impact of crises. The primary benefit of exchanging...

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What Happens When You Do Not Probate a Will?

If a person passes away with a will in place, the decedent will name someone—like a spouse or child—to serve as their personal representative. The personal representative bears the responsibility of closing out the estate, distributing assets, and paying creditors. Having a will requires the personal representative to probate it in court. However, a personal...

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How to Probate Florida Property from Afar

When surviving family members need to probate Florida property from another state, it is vital to understand that, unless the personal representative is the sole interested party, they must hire a Florida probate lawyer to represent the mater in probate court. Survivors do not have to be in Florida to probate assets, although they will need...

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How to Protect Your Business During a Pandemic

Coronavirus has disrupted markets and roiled small business owners while jeopardizing the world economy. COVID-19 is causing companies to address a host of challenging issues about how they should transact business and manage employees amid a global pandemic. There are a few considerations that businesses may want to consider to help them navigate uncharted waters....

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What If You Have to File a NY Probate During Coronavirus?

Like other governments, New York’s Surrogate’s Courts are working to respond to operating during the Coronavirus outbreak. In light of the pandemic, the New York State court system is doing its part to reduce contact exposure between and among employees and the general public. If a family member passes away during the coronavirus pandemic, there...