Florida Business Law Questions & Answers

Q: I bought a painting at a yard sale and it doesn’t have any signature,and I recently modified a picture of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 8, 2017

I think you do own the rights. It doesn't appear that the painting is protected by the copyright laws because the artist is not identified.
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Q: Can I offer my Handyman services on the road in other states?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 8, 2017

You would need to check the state laws in every single state and then comply with them. Obviously you ask your question in Florida but about other state laws, so sorry, no idea what might be required of you in other states.
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Q: Hi, Agency has no clients but wants to put companies they've worked with (not for).

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

It totally depends upon how it looks in final format. I would be cautious to go overboard in using logo's ect of other companies. Get iron clad written permission as you need to avoid copyright issues.
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Q: Can I require my employees to sign a non-compete agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

Yes you can. However, you need to have a lawyer assist you. Non compete agreements must meet certain criteria or the courts will not enforce them.

Hire a business attorney in your area to work with you to draft the non compete agreement.
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Q: Status of Forces Agreement

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017

It will depend upon the terms of your contract, as well as upon the text of the particular SOF agreement.
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Q: I am a Canadian citizen, with no US residency status at all. Can I start a US corporation, to start a bus/franchise

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Immigration Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017

The short answer is yes. A foreign person can own a US entity and hire US employees. If you wish to obtain certain visas in the future based on the company you will have a set of requirements to fullfill. Congrats on your new adventure!
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Q: My company was scammed by a "vendor" who impersonated a government agency. She pretended to represent Homestead Air Rese

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 2, 2017

Contact the authorities before you meet with her next time. They may want to press criminal charges, and arrest her at that time.
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Q: Will a dismissed felony charge in georgia prevent me from obtaining a florida salesman liquor license?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Florida on
Answered on Dec 1, 2017

Sorry, your question is too broad and would require an attorney to research the issue. I suggest that your consult with an attorney in your area or the area where you desire to open the Liquor store about this issue.

Good Luck,
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Q: I purchase a car and wasnt register under my name.They changed the co-signers earning to register it under his name.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 1, 2017

Based upon the facts you stated, likely no. If you co-signed for the car you may be stuck. Very likely the car was sold as is without warranty. However, you may want to take a copy of the contract to an attorney in your area to have it reviewed to see if there is anything in it to allow you to get out of the contract.

Good Luck
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Q: I created a character,at a small business I started, then I dissolved the business,can an ex employee, make claim to it

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Copyright for Florida on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017

Without more it is difficult to determine but the question would be, did the employee create it while under your employment and did you have an agreement that basically said anything created by an employee for the employer belongs to the company etc or did you yourself create the character? Definitely give an attorney a call, with these questions in mind to better advice you.
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Q: what to do if Plaintiff, in repo case, falsely claims I "wrongfully and unlawfully detained and concealed the property"

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Business Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for Florida on
Answered on Nov 19, 2017

"[You] deny that portion of Paragraph _____ which alleges that Defendant "wrongfully and unlawfully detained and concealed the property",
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Q: A friend wants me to become partners with him in his business but he has a debt judgement "on hold" from FedX.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017

Yes, you can structure the business relationship to insulate you from liability for this debt; talk to an attorney about the best way to set it up.

I strongly doubt that a judge would "shelve" the judgment. Typically what will happen is that a judgment will be entered, but it is not the court's responsibility to figure out how to collect it. The judgment creditor can attempt to locate assets belonging to the debtor and, if it does, the court will issue appropriate writs to assist in...
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Q: Can I be removed as president of a corporation without my signature or written consent?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017

Yes, the shareholders or board of directors can remove a corporate president without the president's consent.
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Q: I'm a pet Groomer and rent a space in a Veterinary Hospital. They Terminated my contract, can they do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017

You facts seem a little confusing.

Bottom line. If your lease is up and you are month to month the landlord can evict you (stop renting to you for any reason or no reason).

For a more detailed review take your contract documents to a tenant attorney in your area.

Good luck.
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Q: this is a general question for Florida law. Can a maanger pay another employee to spy on other employees?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 11, 2017

Yes there are (by nature) such employees who hear of gossips of their colleagues and dutifully pass on to employers in consideration of petty rewards of promotion having competence thereof, continuing contract for which they do not deserve or at the cost of others, etc.
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Q: I'm salary non exempt manager for a dunking donuts work 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40 hours.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

If you are non exempt and are working more than 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40, you most likely have a right to over time and possibly back payment of any overtime you haven’t been paid for. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible
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Q: Can the owner of my company take my pay check if I quit my job even thou I owe him money.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

No way to say for sure without more information. Best response I can give based upon a little speculation is that legally probably not but practically yes. I don’t know what the amount of your paycheck is or how long you’ve been paying back the payroll deduction but if you employer paid for $6,000.00 worth of dental work and you only paid him back a few hundred dollars he probably feels he got the short end of the stick.

Also it appears that he is withholding your check so you will...
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Q: I owe my boss money from a loan can they take my my check

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

The information you provided is quite vague. The answer would depend on if you signed a repayment agreement or promissory note, Is your boss the employer or owner of the company? What type of loan did you take out, a 401k etc? Having an attorney review your loan agreement will be your best option.
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Q: why and how does the government and defendants enter into pleas bargain?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 9, 2017

Why, it makes sense for both sides to avoid a lengthy expensive trial.

How, the parties come to a mutual agreement. ie: neither side is forced to agree and they will agree voluntarily.

Hope this helps, good luck,
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Q: Can a dealership sell a used car as new with 39miles on the car?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Consumer Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 7, 2017

Really no way to say for sure without first reviewing all the paperwork you signed. It is possible that a title was issued and then the car returned for some reason. With only 39 miles on the odometer it sounds like it was a new car. Not sure what you are wanting to know or if you have a problem with the car.
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