Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

In the mid-seventies, Fram oil filters became well-known due an intelligent ad campaign that featured the slogan, "You can pay me now, or pay me later." In the witty and memorable commercials, the mechanic would warn automobile owners to consider investing a small amount of money into a new oil filter now, as opposed to replacing an entire engine later. Many times in business, we encounter similar situations that Read More

Don’t Tug On Superman’s Cape- When Passion Defines The Outcome of A Battle

You don't tug on Superman's Cape You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old lone ranger And you don't mess around with Jim. Has anyone ever quoted these lyrics to you at a time when you had emerged victorious from a difficult battle? The old song, “You don’t mess around with Jim,” by Jim Croce, is often recalled at times like these to describe a very tough person.  However, a complete Read More

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats- Stay Afloat In A Changing Economy

Today’s political climate has produced some interesting discussion topics and even more interesting candidates.  Regardless of the result, this month’s election will definitely be historic.  Many economists are predicting that either presidential candidate will likely bring more strain on one or more segments of the population.  Business owners around the country are speculating not on whether this election will Read More

Blount Law Makes Law: A Case of First Impression in Florida

Establishes New Standard for International Service of Lawsuits on International Defendants On December 18, 2015, Blount Law received a decision from the Second District Court of Appeals, marking an appellate victory for a very important client and effectively establishing a new standard for service of lawsuits upon international defendants under Florida Law in a case of first impression.  You can read the appellate Read More

9 Tips to Help You Prevent Slip and Fall Incidents at Your Restaurant

The restaurant business is challenging enough without having to deal with financially ruinous injury-related lawsuits. Unfortunately, restaurants are at an especially high risk for premises liability lawsuits. Premises liability is a legal concept relating to a property owner’s liability when someone is injured on his or her property due to some form of negligence. Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading Read More

Being the Turtle in Business

By Julie Joiner Last week at dinner with my children, I asked them what I should write an article about. After much thought, my middle child, Jacob said, “Turtles, you should write about turtles.” We all kind of laughed, but Jacob is a thoughtful little boy, so I didn’t immediately dismiss his comment. I thought about how turtles relate to the business world. Not even a day later, I observed a situation that Read More

What NOT to do When a Lawsuit is Filed Against Your Company

Being sued is one of the worst things that can happen to a business. A lawsuit can take away your source of livelihood and destroy the company you’ve worked so hard to build. It is, therefore, important for you to know what to do and most importantly what not to do if you get sued. Do NOT attempt to handle it without an attorney When your company gets sued, it is imperative that you find an attorney to help Read More

7 Ways a Business Attorney Can Help Make Your Company More Profitable

One of the most beautiful aspects of running a business is that there are always ways to make your company more profitable. However, when most business owners brainstorm ways to increase their profits, one of the last things on their mind is spending money to hire a business attorney. Nonetheless, the truth is that having skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel may be one of the most important keys to boosting Read More

Four Essential Elements of an Asset Purchase Agreement

As a Florida entrepreneur, one of the most efficient ways to expand your business is to purchase another already existing business. There are two ways you can go about doing this: you can either purchase the assets of a company or buy the company itself through the purchase of its shares. As a buyer in Florida, you will almost always want to purchase the assets since doing so will generally prevent you from having Read More

4 Major Subcontracting Pitfalls

Subcontracting can be a risky proposition. That is, it can be risky without the proper legal protections in place. Working as a subcontractor oftentimes puts you in a challenging position where you lack the power to enforce your rights and may find it difficult to fulfill your responsibilities due to factors beyond your control. In the State of Florida in particular, statutes are set up in a way that does little Read More

3 Misconceptions about Hiring General Counsel for Your Business

At some point or another, nearly every business person will need competent legal advice. You may be faced with an unexpected lawsuit, you may need help developing contracts that will protect your interests, or you may simply need legal advice about your employment, regulatory, or other business practices. Business law is a complex field, and far too many owners find themselves floundering as they attempt to handle Read More

The Difference Between S Corporations and C Corporations

When you form a business, there is a great deal that you have to consider with regard to liability. No one wants their business venture to put their personal assets, not to mention their family’s well-being, at risk. Fortunately, through incorporation a business owner can ensure that their company is legally viewed as a separate entity, shielding them from personal responsibility for business debts and liabilities. Read More

Is Your Restaurant Business a Recipe for Success…or Disaster?

If you live and work in Southwest Florida, you are well aware of the seemingly exponential growth in commercial construction within the last several months. It seems like everywhere you turn, there is literally concrete proof that our local economy is rebounding. Nowhere does the growth seem more evident than the booming restaurant sector, with more than 40 restaurants opening or reopening their doors before spring Read More

A Step-By-Step Guide to Filing a Lawsuit, Part II

In our last blog we detailed the first four steps involved in filing a lawsuit, including establishing your goals and desired outcome, consulting with a litigation attorney, filing a complaint and requesting a summons, as well as the filing of the defendant’s answer to your complaint. For more information on these steps, click here to read Part I of this blog. In Part II of our step-by-step guide to filing a Read More

Preparing your Business for a Hurricane

In Florida, most residents are familiar with Hurricane Season. Every summer, very conscientious Floridians prepare their hurricane supplies at the beginning of the season, going over their checklist thoroughly to be sure that they are prepared for the possibility of a big storm making landfall. Other residents wait until a storm is rapidly approaching and the news becomes saturated with forecast updates. Still Read More