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How Long Does it Take to Form an LLC in Florida?

The process to form a limited liability company in Florida consists of filing Articles of Organization with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, either by mail, in person, or electronically. Once the Articles of Organization are filed, processed, and accepted, your entity will be considered formed and appear on Sunbiz.org, the state’s official […]

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Who Pays? Part I—Promptly Investigating Insurance Coverage and Defendants and Putting Carriers on Notice

You were in a motor vehicle accident, you are not at fault, and now you’re wondering who will pay for your injuries and medical bills. Prompt investigation should be conducted into available insurance coverage and the collectability of potential defendants. Both may be sources from which to satisfy a judgment or negotiate a settlement for […]

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Who’s Liable for a Motor Vehicle Crash? Part II—Parents, Legal Guardians, Private and Public Agencies and Entities

You were in a motor vehicle accident and now you’re wondering who will be liable. There are two lines of inquiry that should be pursued initially—potential defendants and potential insurance coverage. This blog article is Part II of a two-part blog that focuses on the former, potential defendants. A subsequent blog article will discuss potential […]

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Who’s Liable for a Motor Vehicle Crash? Part I—Owners, Operators, and Employers

You were in a motor vehicle accident and now you’re wondering who will be liable. There are two lines of inquiry that should be pursued initially—potential defendants and potential insurance coverage. This blog article is Part I of a two-part blog that focuses on the former, potential defendants. A subsequent blog article will discuss potential […]

Requirements for Security Deposits & Advanced Rent in Florida: No Commingling Funds and Notice Requirements

How to Hold Funds In Florida, residential landlords are required to hold advanced rent (e.g. last month’s rent) and security deposits in a separate bank account (either interest or non-interest bearing) or post a surety bond. Landlords are not permitted to commingle the funds with the landlord’s other funds or make use of the money […]

Requirements for Deductions and the Return of Security Deposits for Residential Tenants in Florida  

In Florida, certain statutory requirements apply when making deductions or returning a residential tenant’s security deposit. Florida Statutes Chapter 83, Part II, governs residential tenancies and contains the following specific requirements. Returning the Security Deposit or Providing Notice of Intent to Deduct Once a lease ends and the tenant vacates the premises, the landlord must […]

Five Tips for Business Owners Protect yourself from common pitfalls by following these simple tips in your business.

Do not operate as a sole proprietor. Doing business in your own name without organizing a business entity can expose your personal assets to business liabilities. Sole proprietors are liable for all claims arising from the business. Consider forming an entity to operate your business. In Florida, there are many choices including corporations, limited liability […]

Will a Lawyer Take My Case on Contingency?

Contingency fee arrangements are common in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability. A contingency fee arrangement means that an attorney agrees to defer payment of attorney’s fees and costs until the client receives a recovery in the case. That means the client does not pay any money up front and only pays […]