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Think Networking Is Awkward or Boring? This Post Is for You!

Networking is an essential part of growing your business. It gives you the opportunity to generate leads, impress investors, and access mentors whose advice can take your company to the next level. Unfortunately, some small business owners don’t take full advantage of the benefits that networking represents because they think it is too intrusive or one of the more mundane aspects of running a business. They’re too Read More

Contractors: Want to Get Paid? Don’t Lose Your Lien Rights…

You’re a Florida contractor, and you don’t work for free, but try telling that to project owners who don’t pay your invoices. If you’ve preserved your mechanic’s lien rights, these owners have a lot to lose by ignoring you, starting with the property you built or improved. On the other hand, if you haven’t protected your claim, you lose your lien rights, which are your greatest leverage.  When you’re working on a 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

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

Understanding 1099 Workers and Your Business

As a business lawyer, I am often asked questions about 1099 workers.  Unfortunately, running a business isn’t just about doing what you love.  It is also about making sure you are in compliance with the law and on the right side of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Understanding 1099s and when they should be issued is one of many critical components to running a successful business. What is a 1099 Form? A 1099 Read More

All Start Ups Should Start with a Lawyer

If you are planning a start up, consider starting with a business lawyer.  While some may think a business lawyer is a luxury, in fact, a business lawyer is a critical partner in your start up.  The cost of not having a business lawyer working with you on the ground floor could be a shaky or unstable foundation for your business that could result in even more expensive costs later. At Portuondo Law Firm, P.A., we Read More