CHOOSE YOUR REGISTERED AGENT CAREFULLY

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For businesses, the first quarter of each year brings a number of fiscal and legal obligations.  A business must, for instance, file its Annual Report with the State of Florida.  And when doing so, it must confirm (or change) the identity of its Registered Agent. Many business owners name themselves as their companies’ Registered Agents, and that works in most … Read More

NEW OVERTIME RULES: READY OR NOT, HERE THEY COME (MAYBE)

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We posted last summer a series of articles on the new overtime rules.  With those rules now going into effect next month (or perhaps not – keep reading), a short summary seems like a timely exercise. Florida has no overtime law of its own.  So many local business owners may feel unconcerned.  That would be a mistake.  Federal rules apply … Read More

DEBTORS BEWARE

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Representing businesses and business owners often means dealing with debt, whether owed by or to the client.  And this in turn requires being at least aware of changes in bankruptcy law, even for those of us who do not write bankruptcy plans. And the trend in bankruptcy has been pro-creditors of late.  Some examples will illustrate the point. One involves … Read More

WIELDING THE CORPORATE SHIELD

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Why incorporate – or, more likely, organize as an LLC? The answer is simple enough to fill radio ads.  If something goes wrong, only the company’s assets, not its owners’, will be at risk – assuming it is done right.  This is true no matter how big or small the business, and whether the owners are companies too (i.e. a … Read More

A COMMA’S REVENGE

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Think of the comma, that small, underused, throwaway punctuation mark.  How unimportant, how easy to ignore it is.  But like nerds in a bad 1980s movie, the comma finally got its revenge. It all started, strangely enough, when a woman’s pickup truck was impounded under an ordinance forbidding street parking of “any motor vehicle camper, trailer, farm implement, and/or non-motorized … Read More