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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Business Law and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: what If a company try to get the excess policy as required but the insurers do not offer said coverage anymore

but those insurers do work with similar transportation, TNC, cabs companies

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Feb 7, 2023

You inquiry is too vague. I suggest you re-post your inquiry with more specifics, such as exactly who is requiring what (but not naming names), indicating what type of business needs what type of coverage, for what activity, and the source of whatever requirement you're talking about (such as... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Florida sells land by what treaty?

It is important to know what Treaty Florida uses to sell land.

Cesar Mejia Duenas
Cesar Mejia Duenas
answered on Feb 7, 2023

Hi, there is more information needed to answer this question properly. The State of Florida can acquire properties in foreclosure for unpaid taxes and other surplus lands pursuant to the Murphy Act. Please provide additional information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Can I add a stipulation to a check that finalizes and terminates a contract?

I want to make sure that I my relationship with a contractor is terminated when they cash my check

Jane Kim
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answered on Jan 31, 2023

Yes, the Florida statute that governs Full and Final Accord and Satisfaction is Florida Statute 673.3111. You have to tender the check with proper notice for it to be effective. Also, it depends what your contract with the contractor says. You can't just write a check for a dollar and call it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can a 617 Board Member Post about the Affairs Of the Corporation on a Website That Is Not Administered By the Board

Former and Current Board Members Are Posting on Web Sites [NOT ADMINISTERED BY THE BOARD] about the Corporation Internal Affairs, Including, but Not Limited to []- NEXTDOOR []- ORLANDO TRILOGY RESIDENTS (CASCADES/GROVELAND RESIDENTS, PAST AND PRESENT) []- OFFICIAL CASCADES OF GROVELAND RESIDENTS... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jan 29, 2023

Interesting issue, which I don't have expertise in, but my somewhat-educated guess is: Regarding the issue of disclosure itself, without regard to whether it causes damage to the corporation, the answer to your question may depend on whether your corporation has a written confidentiality... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Florida on
Q: Is it safe to give Stripe your Social security Number? Do I have to Pay taxes if I make no revenue?

Is it safe to give Stripe your Social security Number? In order for me to create an account with Stripe, I need to give it the last four digits of my ssn.

Back story I'm a minor wanting to start a business in Florida where you pick up dog poop from peoples' yards. I created a... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Florida doesn't have income taxes. The U.S. government does. I suggest you go to irs.gov, download a form 1040, and the instructions for that form. After reviewing those documents, you should have a better idea of how income tax works.

And no, if you make no money at all, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Tax Law and Business Law for Florida on
Q: I have a LLC in Florida for a service I provide. Do I need licenses to provide that service outside of Florida?

I am a yacht teak deck installation specialist. I have an LLC in Florida for this service. This is a service only and does not involve the selling or reselling of anything. Usually I am sub contracted by other teak decking companies. I have some contract work along the West Coast lined up in... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 9, 2023

You would have to check those other jurisdictions.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Board of Directors Staggered Terms

Our association Bylaws call for staggered terms of Board members. 3 members with most votes get 3 year term, 2 members with with next most votes get 2 years and finally the 2 least votes serve one year term. My question is this.

Can an elected board member that received the least votes and... Read more »

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage
answered on Jan 5, 2023

That's impossible to answer without reading the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. Generally, these provisions apply to initial terms and then directors serve three year terms following the next election so that the terms are always staggered. If you are not sure of the language in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, if it takes up 8 weeks for my LLC to be processed by the state of florida do I have to wait until then to operate?
Keith Kanouse
Keith Kanouse
answered on Jan 5, 2023

My experience with filing Articles of Organization via e-fax is it becoming effective the next business day. I have never had to wait 8 weeks. When you file the Articles of Organization specify an effective date 5 business days before the filing date. See Section 605.0702 of the Florida Statutes.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get a company in trouble for airdropping me their clients homeowners insurance information?

A company sent me someone’s homeowners insurance paperwork through airdrop. I work in the building next to them. It has the homeowner’s name’s and addresses on the first page. It’s four pages worth of information

Jane Kim
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answered on Dec 21, 2022

A normal procedure for someone who was an unintended recipient of information is to contact the sender so they can resend it to the correct person, and to destroy the information received. Best regards.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Q: what is it called when the seller of a company works with the purchasers manager to take back the company?

I purchased a taxi dispatch service in April 2022 for $8000 down and $3000 a month until $80,000 is paid in full. The manager of my company started working with the seller to underhandedly take back the company. THe manager quit on Dec 1 and text all my clients offering lower rates. He then... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 16, 2022

The way you describe the facts, I'd call it a crime, which should be reported to the police (plus you'd have various civil causes of action, meaning grounds for a lawsuit). However, if you got into some kind of dispute with the seller and/or manager, they might have a completely different... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: How can I file with small claims in Puerto Rico? I live in Florida. (and is it worth it?)

A graphics design client is refusing to pay after receiving and utilizing goods. Invoices have been sent, due dates have passed, attempts at communicating are met with hostility. Total is $500, prior to waiving $200 worth of additional project fees in an effort to encourage payment.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 13, 2022

Assuming Puerto Rico has some sort of small claims procedure, you could contact an attorney there for the purpose of suing the client in Puerto Rico. Or, depending on circumstances, you might be able to sue in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Can a contractee void a contract (and not pay) after work is performed because I refuse to comply with "due dilligence"?

I recently performed service work for a company. The contract can be voided at any time by any party. There was no requirement to provide previous proof of work. They performed KYC and I passed without any issue.

I completed my contractually required work. Just as I was finishing, the... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Nov 9, 2022

It sounds like you may very well have a valid cause of action for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and/or quantum meruit. You are most likely owed the value of the work you performed. You should set up a consultation with an attorney who handles breach of contract disputes, present the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Florida on
Q: My HOA is charging me a convenience fee for paying my HOA dues. They don't offer any free options. Is this legal?

They offer two payment methods online; pay by credit card or pay with bank account. Both options charge a convenience fee. They do not offer any other way to pay the dues. My understanding is that the convenience fee is only charged as a convenience alternative to a standard method of payment.

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage
answered on Nov 3, 2022

If you mail a check they have to accept it. They cannot legally refuse any form of legal tender. The problem you might face is proving they received the payment. They cannot require only online payment but if they provide for online payment they can charge a convenience fee.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: business in Florida while living in Connecticut. Defaulted on business loan. Sign guarentee which state laws do I go by
Jane Kim
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answered on Oct 31, 2022

It is likely the lender may institute a cause of action against you individually (personal guarantee) and has a choice of bringing a suit in either state. If your loan does not provide for a choice of law provision (unlikely, read your loan agreement) then the law of the state where the suit will... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Is a verbal agreement to partnership in a business enforceable in regards to opening a business?

A business agreement was drawn up with an LLC but not signed.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Florida law recognizes oral agreements in some situations- its the duration of the agreement more so than the nature of the agreement. However, in order for an oral agreement to bind, a court would have to determine that both parties acknowledge that there was an agreement made (meeting of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Q: How can I write up a teaching contract for my business?

I have a dance company and I teach private classes at people's houses. I want to create a contract where I can stipulate time, payment and regulations

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Oct 26, 2022

It is generally not advisable for you to draft your own contract if you want it to be legally enforceable. You can run into problems if the parties obligations are not adequately established by the language of the contracts. If you intend to run the business for a significant amount of time, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Q: As a designer, can I write in contract that client is responsible for my lawyer fees if they try to take me to court?

As a freelance graphic designer is it okay for me to write in my contract that the client will be responsible for any fees or lawyers that come from them suing me?

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Yes, you absolutely can. However, be aware that under Fla. Stat. 57.105(7):

"(7) If a contract contains a provision allowing attorney’s fees to a party when he or she is required to take any action to enforce the contract, the court may also allow reasonable attorney’s fees to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Q: We purchased a jeep from a dealer , we paid the amount the dealer told us to pay , however the amount the salesman told

Us was different from what was on the contract, he wrote the amount on a sticky note . Now the dealer wants us to pay the remaining amount as the salesman gave us the wrong amount . Are we obligated to pay it .

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 23, 2022

You signed the contract; did you read it before signing?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Florida on
Q: I need a owner financing note that vehicles.

I need a owner financing document that protects me from buyers that will take the vehicle, never make a payment under contract, or total the vehicle and never make a payment again

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Oct 20, 2022

If you are a private individual selling a car, you should NEVER sell a car unless you receive payment in full at the time of sale. If you are a dealer, you should have ample availability to lenders and/or you should have a professional business relationship with an attorney who can provide you with... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Tax Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: We created a computer program that buys and sells Forex. We'd like to make sure we're legally following procedures.

We would like to take on clients to split the funds that the program makes from the buys/sells, but we want to be sure we do it the right way, legally and for tax reasons. We are researching resources to make sure we do this properly.

Jane Kim
Jane Kim PRO label
answered on Oct 31, 2022

You might be considered a financial institution for purposes of US regulations. Since this app would have an online presence and an international reach, you'd need to ask this question in every jurisdiction where you process payments. it is likely you'll need more than one type of lawyer... Read more »

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