Category Archives: Closely Held Business Representation

Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Emphasizes Importance of Corporate Structure

On June 30, the United States Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Court settled a number of lawsuits challenging Department of Health and Human Services regulations requiring employers to provide insurance … Continue reading

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Three Things to Consider When Selecting a Form for Your Small Business

One of the first major decisions a small business owner needs to make is selecting a legal form. Individuals may operate as sole proprietors, while two or more individuals can create a partnership. Both forms are relatively simply and generally … Continue reading

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A Brief Guide to Florida Agencies That Regulate Retailers

If you’re a Florida retailer, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of federal, state and local government agencies that affect your business. There are more than a dozen state agencies in Florida alone that have jurisdiction over some … Continue reading

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Miami Magistrate Rejects MTV Star’s T-Shirt Lawsuit Against Abercrombie & Fitch

What’s in a nickname? Michael Sorrentino, a television personality best known for his appearances on the MTV reality series “Jersey Shore,” claims a federal trademark for his self-described nickname. “The Situation.” This led Sorrentino and his company, MPS Entertainment, LLC, … Continue reading

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Franchises Raise Legal Issues for Franchisees and Competitors Alike

Many Florida small businesses are franchises—locally owned-and-operated affiliates of well-established regional or national brands. Franchising is especially popular in the restaurant industry, with companies like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut selling burgers and pizza through thousands of local stores. But as … Continue reading

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Basic Record-keeping for Florida Corporations and LLCs

When you organize your Florida small business as a corporation or limited liability company, as opposed to a sole proprietorship, state law imposes certain record-keeping requirements. A corporation or LLC must make certain types of documents available to any shareholder … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Cites Movie Studio for Illegal Use of Unpaid Interns

Unpaid internships can be a valuable way for students and entry-level applicants to gain valuable job experience in a given industry. But Florida businesses must be careful when working with interns. There’s a critical distinction between interns—who are exempt from … Continue reading

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How Will Divorce Affect My Small Business?

Running a Florida retail business can be stressful enough when your personal life is tranquil. But if you’re going through a contested divorce, there’s the added stress of a potential division of marital property which can affect your business and … Continue reading

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Paying for “Reemployment Assistance” in Florida

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida’s unemployment rate as of April 2013 was 7.2%, a significant decline from more than 11% just three years earlier. These improved numbers are reflected in the State of Florida’s recent repayment … Continue reading

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Florida Legislature Bars Cities, Counties From Mandating Employee Benefits

The Florida legislature recently passed a bill that bars local governments from mandating private businesses provide certain employee benefits. Commonly described as a “paid sick leave preemption” measure, the legislature acted to quash movements–like one in Orange County–that attempt to … Continue reading

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