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FL small claims court

In Florida, people use small claims court to settle minor legal disputes concerning $5,000 or less. However, that amount doesn’t include attorney’s fees or filing fees.  Small claims filing fee can vary, but the FL Clerks website puts them anywhere from $55-$300. You don’t need an attorney in small claims court, but you can have...

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Do I have a case?

Filing a lawsuit is a big decision, so make sure you have a good case before going through the hassle of finding a lawyer. For example, you hire a flooring company to replace the carpet in your business. They do a bad job, and it took much longer than they said it would. Before filing a...

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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

What is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenuptial agreement is a contract outlining the terms of possession of assets written and agreed to before marriage.  Furthermore, a prenuptial agreement protects the financial interests of both parties in the event of a divorce.  In Florida, the spouse to be bound by the contract must have the opportunity...

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International Family Law – What is a migratory divorce?

Migratory Divorces Depending on the classification of the divorce, the U.S. may or may not recognize its decree.  Furthermore, divorce is a state law issue.  In most divorce cases, the state considers the residency of the spouses, notice of the divorce decree, and public policy. Types of International Divorce: Bilateral : This is based on both spouses...

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Violations of Non-compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee that restricts an employee’s conduct post-employment. In a non-compete contract, the employee usually agrees not to compete against his/her former employer for a set period of time.  Competition can include using trade secrets, contacting past clients, and working for rival companies. How to Deal with...

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What To Do When Being Sued

If you receive a service of process and a complaint has been filed against you for a civil suit, you might find yourself asking some questions. What does it mean to be sued? What should you do? Consider this basic checklist for what to do when being sued  in Florida. Admit to Yourself: The case will not...

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Notary Public vs. Civil Law Notary

Notary public vs. civil law notary: A civil law notary is distinct from a notary public. On the one hand, a Florida notary public requires very little training, payment of a small fee, and very few duties and responsibilities. On the other hand, a civil law notary requires extensive training, has a tremendous amount of...