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PRACTICE AREAS

Estate Planning | Corporate Law | Civil Rights | Intellectual Property | Injunctions | Small Claims | Notary Services

 

ESTATE PLANNING

My firm offers individuals and family advice on wills and trusts planning, lifetime gifting strategies, life insurance, philanthropic and charitable objectives, asset protection strategies and disability.

I counsel and advise executors, administrators, trustees and guardians through the probate and estate administration process, such as collecting and inventorying decedent property, discovering and settling the debts of the decedent, and distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries.

My firm can help draft important estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, livings wills, powers of attorney, and designations of health care surrogates, as well as pre-need guardians for adults and minor children.

CORPORATE LAW

I counsel clients in a wide array of corporate and business matters, including corporate governance, contracts, real estate matters, general and regulatory law, labor and employment issues, and intellectual property disputes. Corporate law is an all-encompassing speciality that deals with all legal matters related to conducting business.

*I also offer to serve as outsourced general counsel to local small businesses who may not have the resources to employ a full time attorney.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Civil Rights reaches different areas of the law and our lives, including employment, criminal defense, and intellectual property. My firm focuses specifically on the following areas and would be happy to discuss your specific situation:

  • Discrimination based on age, religion, color, race, disability, or national origin

  • Wrongful termination

  • Sexual harassment

  • Violation of privacy, freedom, or speech by the government

Florida is an “at-will” employment state. This means an employer or employee can terminate their relationship without cause and at any time (unless there is a signed contact stating otherwise.) However, federal and state civil rights laws ensure that employers do not use a discriminatory basis to end employment. 


Examples of some of these laws includes

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Business with at least 15 employees cannot hire, fire, promote, or set compensation terms based on an employee’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

  • The Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992: Similar to the federal Title VII, Florida law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status. 

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, firing, promotion, or job assignment. Employers must also, upon request, make a “reasonable accommodation” to help a disabled employee perform his or her job.

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Protects employees and job applicants who are at least 40 years old from discrimination on the basis of their age.

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for workers (Florida actually imposes a higher minimum wage than the FLSA). The FLSA also requires payment of time-and-a-half for hours worked in excess of 40 per pay period.

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act: Protects an employees job who require unpaid time off to deal with a qualifying medical emergency or to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Prohibits employers from refusing to hire women because they are pregnant, so long as they can still perform the “major functions” of a given position.  

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

My intellectual property services consist of working diligently with companies seeking assistance with managing and executing intellectual property strategies. My firm offers expertise on intellectual property development, protection strategies*, and licensing.

My intellectual property practice focuses on:

  • U.S. Trademark and Copyright law

  • Trade Secret protection

  • Intellectual property due diligence in transactions

  • Licensing agreements for all types of intellectual properties

*I do not offer services in the area of Patents.

INJUNCTIONS

An injunction is a restraining order that prevents someone from doing something or from coming into contact with another person. These proceedings are specifically intended to provide a quick means for the protection for individuals. In Florida, there is NO FEE to file an injunction for protection.

Florida recognizes six (6) different types of injunctions:

  1. Domestic Violence 

  2. Repeat Violence

  3. Sexual Violence

  4. Dating Violence

  5. Stalking (including Cyberstalking)

  6. Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult (recent addition to Florida law - Fla Stat. §825.1035)

The process starts with a temporary injunction. The judge must be presented with “clear and convincing evidence” that dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, repeat violence, or stalking has occurred. Temporary injunctions are usually granted unless the petition is deficient. There is no hearing to determine whether a temporary injunction should be granted.


If the temporary injunction is granted, the court will set a final hearing to determine if a permanent injunction should be granted. The hearing will usually be held within fifteen (15) days from the date that the temporary injunction was ordered. There generally is no definitive time limit for when a permanent injunction expires. Under Florida law, an injunction may remain in place until changed or dissolved at a later time. 

There can be severe consequences to violating an injunction, such as arrest. Under Florida law, a violation of an injunction is a first degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in jail and substantial fines. Plus, each violation is considered a separate offense. 

ALWAYS CALL 911 IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE IN DANGER.

SMALL CLAIMS

A small claims case is a legal action filed in county court to settle minor legal disputes among parties where the dollar amount involved is $8,000 or less, excluding costs, interest, and attorneys' fees.

My law office can help advise on your case and assist in filing the necessary documents to help settle your case.

NOTARY SERVICES

I have been a Florida Notary since 2004 and can provide notarial services upon request.