St. Johns County

January 9, 2018

BANKRUPTCY’S FRESH START

For small businesses, just as for individuals, bankruptcy should dispose of all disputes with their creditors.  A discharge under Chapter 7 or confirmation of a payment […]
December 21, 2017

WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR…

… but a massive, enormous, extravagant Christmas lights display on what used to be a quiet residential corner. In an era when enterprising people organize paying […]
October 26, 2017

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LLC’S CORPORATE VEIL

Limited liability is the cornerstone of modern, corporate free enterprise.  It means the entrepreneur puts no more of their personal fortune at risk than they invest […]
October 17, 2017

A NEW TWIST TO AN OLD QUESTION ABOUT NON-COMPETES

The purpose of non-compete agreements, paradoxically, is to allow competition (there is a right to work and compete), all while preventing unfair competition by protecting employers’ Legitimate Business […]
August 17, 2017

FIRE THEM! OR CAN YOU?

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, a question came up in the business community.  Can you fire someone for being a white supremacist? The […]
August 4, 2017

THE SCOURGE OF PROFESSIONAL PLAINTIFFS

The ADA is a noble law, and not just for bleeding-heart types of reasons. Certainly, it is primarily motivated by the emotional desire to see those […]
August 3, 2017

BUT WE’RE FAMILY!

We’re all family.  We all get along.  So we don’t need to pay a lawyer to prepare all kinds of paperwork for our family business. Right? […]
July 25, 2017

YOU’RE ON JURY DUTY. NOW WHAT?

If you have been selected for jury duty, a New York Times headline might have grabbed your attention.  It said that “Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if […]
July 19, 2017

DELTA MESSED UP. ARE THE LAWYERS TO BLAME?

The most useful and most ignored advice in crisis management is this: say it early, say it all, and say it yourself. But when media personality […]
February 10, 2017

DOWN IN THE TRENCHES

Do you know the difference between general and special damages? One “actually and necessarily” flows from the alleged wrong; the other “might result” from it but […]
January 31, 2017

CHOOSE YOUR REGISTERED AGENT CAREFULLY

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 […]
January 24, 2017

HOW THE YEAR ENDED

The Florida Supreme Court decides remarkably few civil decisions, and even fewer commercial ones.  Its docket is dominated by review of death-penalty decisions and updating rules […]
December 8, 2016

WHO AM I?

There is so much talk – sometimes uninformed talk – about incorporation that it warrants us addressing it here today. To start with, the term incorporation […]
August 3, 2016

TIGHT-ROPE WAKING

An old maxim holds that every wrong should have a remedy.  For better or worse, this is not exactly true.  Before one can avail oneself of […]
October 27, 2015

(UN?)INTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Once the U.S. Supreme Court makes a ruling, its decision becomes the law of the land.  It binds all other courts, both state and federal, everywhere […]
August 5, 2015

WHEN A SMALL WIN CAN HERALD A BIGGER ONE

It seemed a narrow case, one of those of no interest to anyone but the parties involved.  A law that gave the federal government the right […]
July 23, 2015

LITTLE GUIDANCE, MANY DANGERS

A trustee’s duties are generally the stuff of state law.  But because 401(k)s, among a few other instruments, are federally created, and plan managers have the […]
January 21, 2015

FUN WHILE WORKING

A husband and wife own an insurance agency.  They are also avid RVers.  Putting the two together, they make a portion of their business selling RV […]
January 16, 2015

INTERNS ISSUES

We explained in a previous post that the IRS scrutinizes unpaid internships.  It is not the only government agency that does.  The Department of Labor is […]
December 19, 2014

HOMES BUSINESSES ARE BUSINESSES TOO

Along the manicured streets of suburbia, the homogeneity of covenanted neighborhoods is sometime interrupted by a flier snuck in a doorway or taped to a mailbox.  […]
November 4, 2014

BUNDLES OF STICKS

We end our short series of posts motivated in general by the U.S Supreme Court opening its new term by addressing what will possibly be the […]