Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)–Basics and Options

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is an alternative to trial proceedings. Often, ADR can save clients both time and money: it settles the dispute in a shorter time frame and costs less in attorney fees, court costs, and other associated expenses. Whereas litigation can be more hostile in its approach, ADR options tend to focus on finding the best outcome for all involved parties. The process has a long history in Florida, which began offering ADR options in the 1970s.  Five main types of ADR are options here in Florida: Mediation, voluntary trial resolution, settlement conferences, neutral evaluation, and arbitration....

Basics of Estate Planning in Florida

Let’s face it: nobody wants to reflect on their own mortality. Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult process, but that doesn’t make it any less important. We’ll discuss the basics of estate planning in florida. Estate planning is crucial for protecting your wishes and transferring your assets after you die. Despite its importance, estate planning falls on the back burner for many Americans. Only 18 percent of people over 55 have all of the recommended legacy plan essentials intact.  Though it may seem overwhelming, estate planning can be an easy process with proper guidance. Here’s what...

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): Impact on Your Florida Business

Cambridge Analytica and numerous high-profile uses of consumer data were a bridge too far for California lawmakers. Invoking California’s constitutional right to privacy, they enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), one of the broadest consumer protection and privacy laws globally. The law, passed by the California legislature in 2018, will enhance consumer privacy rights and protections for state residents.  However, the California Consumer Privacy Act doesn’t affect just California businesses. The law applies to any company doing business with California residents, whether it is a California-based business or not. In effect, the law will radically change how Florida companies handle personal...

Supreme Court Ruling on Trademark of Generic Term for Website Name

Trademarks have always been an important part of business and marketing. A trademark gives you sole rights to use a specific name or term, and in the past, that right was reserved for unique names. Terms that were more widely used in daily language were not eligible to be trademarked. However, last June, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling in the case of the United States Patent and Trademark Office vs. Booking.com. Read on to learn more about this ruling and how it could impact your ability to make a trademark for your site. The Ruling On June 30,...

Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11: Breaking Down the Differences

According to recent research, 58% of U.S. small business owners are currently worried about permanently closing their doors. As of July 31 2020, around 800 small businesses had already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this year. What does Chapter 11 bankruptcy mean, and how what is Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11? Today, we’re breaking down the key differences between Chapter 7 vs Chapter 11 filings and what they mean for today’s business owners.  What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also referred to as liquidation.  When you file this way, your business assets are liquidated as a way to resolve...

Brexit Impact on Florida

The United Kingdom is about 4,300 miles away from the state of Florida, so you’re probably wondering why Floridians should care how Brexit impacts them. There are actually more impacts than you might anticipate, though, given the strong tourism industry in Florida.  If you want to learn more about the Brexit impact on Florida, this is the right place. Read on to learn more about how Brexit will likely impact tourism and imports and exports in the Sunshine State. What Is the Status of Brexit?  Before we get into the specific impacts on Florida, it’s important to understand where Brexit stands....

Pet-nup: Including Pets in Pre-nuptial Agreements

Do you have a pet? Are you getting married? If you answered yes, it’s time to consider a pet-nup, which is the pet clause within a prenup.  In the event of a breakup, it’s always good to have something in place to minimize conflicts in the courtroom and added strife over an already painful experience.  So if you have a dog and you’re getting married, lawyers recommend deciding on who keeps the dog before you get married so that if you happen to get divorced later on, Fido is taken care of.  There are a few benefits of having a petnup,...

How to Avoid Business Bankruptcy

Over 100,000 small businesses have closed since COVID-19 began and many of them (over 70%) are worried about the long-term financial impacts due to closures during the pandemic. If you are a business owner and are trying to avoid bankruptcy so you can keep your business afloat, read on. We have some tips to help you avoid this. Read on to learn more.  Business Restructuring Restructuring your business is an option you can take to avoid bankruptcy and get out of financial distress. This gives a business the flexibility to find ways to stay afloat without closing or declaring bankruptcy. Working closely...

The Basics of Registering a Trademark

If you run a business where you sell goods or services, you’ve likely considered registering a trademark. A trademark can protect your product name, logo, or a symbol that you frequently use. Not only does a trademark help your business, but it can also protect your customers by allowing them to easily identify your brand over a competitor’s. If they recognize your trademark, they can confidently purchase your product or service without worrying about confusing it with another brand. The process of registering a trademark can seem intimidating at first, but if you follow the steps outlined below and seek...

Working From Home Laws: Are You Breaking the Rules?

Collectively 44 billion dollars is saved by companies who allow remote work even on a part-time basis. Working from home is not only convenient, it can also save your business money if done right. However, as an employer it’s not just as simple as sending people home to do their jobs remotely. There are rules and laws that you must abide by in order to stay on the right side of the law. Here is a look at everything that you need to know about working from home laws. Have a Clear Telecommuting Policy You need to have a clear work from...