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Do You Know the Difference Between Employees and Independent Contractors?

Today, independent contractors account for an estimated one in ten workers. When you’re running a small business, understanding the difference between an employee and an independent contractor is crucial. Misclassifying one as the other can result in serious legal consequences. Below is an overview of the main differences between employees and independent contractors. We also explain how a business law firm can Read More

3 Ways a Business Attorney Can Save You Money

As a small business owner, you may always be looking for ways to cut costs and operate more efficiently. Did you know a business attorney can help you save money? There are several aspects of the business that a business attorney can review, such as contracts and agreements with clients, employees, and vendors. This is known in some circles as a legal audit. To ensure that your business is in the best position to Read More

5 Elements You Should Include in Your Employee Handbook

When running a business, you will have to complete a wide variety of different tasks to be successful. If you have employees, one of those tasks needs to be creating and maintaining an employee handbook. This handbook can be an invaluable resource in informing employees of their general obligations, and also letting them know about their rights and benefits. While each company’s employee handbook will be different, Read More

6 Scenarios You Should Address in Your Partnership Agreements

A business partnership is a business entity comprised of two or more owners. The more people you have in your partnership, the more challenging it can be to form a consensus for decision making. This is why it’s so important to have a concrete partnership agreement in place. Although your lawyer will ensure your final partnership agreement is thorough, here are six scenarios to consider and resolve before your Read More

What You Need to Know About Sole Proprietorships in Florida

Deciding which business entity to file under will be one of the more challenging decisions you’ll make before you open your business. One of the types of business entities available in Florida is the sole proprietorship.  Many feel this is the logical choice, especially when running a business on their own. If this fits your description, you will want to learn more about this business entity before you make your Read More

Mediation vs. Litigation – Which Is Right for You?

When legal disputes arise in business, they can damage your company’s image, professional relationships, and bottom line if not carefully handled. While litigating the matter can be effective, especially if there’s a lot at stake, many business owners today opt to resolve disputes in ways that don’t involve the courts. One such way is mediation. Mediation Explained Unlike litigation, mediation is a Read More

Common Business Litigation Claims and How to Avoid Them

Business litigation can be part of the cost of doing business. However, many business litigation claims could have been avoided if the business owner had taken just a bit of care on the front end. Below are three of the most common business litigation claims and how to avoid them with the help of a qualified business attorney. Breach of Contract When one side or the other fails to hold up their end of a Read More

Understanding Data Privacy Laws as a Small Business Owner

When conducting business, how do you gather sensitive information, and what sensitive information do you gather? This could include, for example, any of the following: Social security numbers Addresses Full legal names Email addresses Passport numbers Driver’s license numbers Vehicle registration numbers Dates of birth Log in credentials Credit card numbers Personal health Read More

Miami Business Law Attorney Discusses Terminating Employees

If you own a business with employees, sooner or later you will likely decide that one of your employees needs to be terminated. Whether you plan to fire someone for theft of items on a construction site, because they can’t handle the requirements of the job, or because they simply aren’t a good fit for the company, terminations are inevitable. State and federal laws dictate the proper procedures for terminating an Read More

A Business Attorney Discusses: Hiring Practices

Before you hire your first employee, and before you hire each subsequent employee, it is a good idea to review your hiring practices.  Whether writing a job posting, recruiting potential hires, or interviewing and onboarding, there are steps you should (and shouldn’t) take.   Below, your Miami business law attorney, Marisa Portuondo, discusses some of the basics. When You Need Another Employee Whether it is your Read More