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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

Hurricane Season Starts June 1 – Are You Ready?

Hurricane season starts June 1 and is predicted to be very active this year.  If you haven't already done so, review your insurance policies and make sure you are covered.  If you need an insurance review, we offer this service for an affordable fee. THINGS TO CONSIDER: Does my policy include windstorm/hurricane coverage? Some policies have a windstorm and/or hurricane exclusion. Don't rely on your agent's 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

Partnership and Operating Agreements: Why You Need One

Starting a new business is an exciting venture, but partnerships can be difficult to maintain without the proper foundation. A partnership or operating agreement is an essential business document for any new venture involving multiple individuals. Agreeing on expectations and obligations at the onset of a business relationship is crucial to a lasting, positive partnership. Drafting partnership and operating Read More

Three Fundamentals for Florida Landlords

If you are a Florida landlord, you should know Florida law governs how you may or may not deal with tenant issues.  Florida law addresses a variety of landlord issues and includes strict requirements that landlords must comply with or risk liability.  Portuondo Law Firm understands you may face challenges as a landlord. We offer assistance in landlord-tenant disputes – as well as the tools to help keep these disputes Read More

Protect Your Business with Strong Theft Prevention Policies and Procedures

Whether you run a construction company or a bakery, employee theft costs you time and money.  While you can’t prevent all theft, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of employee theft your business suffers. At Portuondo Law Firm, we offer assistance drafting theft prevention policies and procedures, as well as other critical documents designed for your business success.  Theft prevention policies and Read More

How an Attorney Can Assist with 4 Common Employee Issues

As your business grows, you may find yourself hiring additional employees.  While expanding your business has any number of positives, there can be some negatives if you are caught unprepared.  Different federal laws apply to your business depending on the number of employees you have. Further, state laws may have different, additional requirements. Portuondo Law Firm offers assistance to businesses as they expand.  Read More

Understanding Employer to Employee Non-Compete Agreements in Florida

In Florida, non-compete agreements are legally enforceable contracts, often between an employer and employee.  This, however, presumes the contract meets certain requirements.  In the scope of employment, the term “non-compete agreement” refers to an agreement wherein the employee agrees not to work for a competitor after leaving their current employer.  This agreement is typically only for a limited amount of time Read More