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Orlando Business & Commercial Law Blog

Even in favorable climate no business is immune to legal disputes

According to a recent study, individuals considering going into business for themselves who reside in the Orlando, Florida, area are well positioned. The study, conducted by NerdWallet, determined that the city ranks in the top 20 nationwide for young entrepreneurs.

The factors taken into consideration in making this designation include:

  • Access to funds.
  • Networking.
  • Mentorship.
  • Affordability.
  • Local economy.

The fact that the University of Central Florida Business Incubator program as well as the National Entrepreneur Center, are both based in Orlando likely contribute to that finding. In addition, Orlando ranked high when it comes to per capital rates of small business loans—at $386.85 per loan.

Tips to help small businesses from being sued

When many people decide to go into business for themselves it is because they are passionate about the type of business they are going into. As a result they may focus on the subject of their business and not think much about the related issues. Some of those related issues that should be considered are those that are legal in nature.

Loan modification may be option for commercial property owner

Businesses are not always immediately successful and without taking the proper steps when warranted, a business might not make it. Many different problems could arise in the course of running such an endeavor including, an occasional issue with making ends meet. Depending on the specifics surrounding each situation it is possible that various approaches might be taken to remedy the problem. A business lawyer might be able to provide options on how a business might be saved.

The importance of keeping an independent judiciary

Our founding fathers shed blood to ensure a nation with 3 independent branches- Executive, Legislative and last, the Judiciary.  It is so important to keep our judiciary free from politics to not only uphold our Constitution, but to also keep our other 2 branches in check (attempt to keep them from corruption).  You can look at civil rights abuses for examples of how corruption and politics affected our judiciary.  Lobbyists are attempting to yet again politicize our Judiciary branch.  In the article below, "...judicial races have been evolving into another political battleground for big money. A last-minute surge of spending brought the total spent on television commercials to $12.1 million in 10 states, according to two groups that track judicial campaign spending. This election cycle, the spending race has been fueled by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which pledged to spend $5 million on a "judicial fairness initiative," and contributed $400,000 in North Carolina last week."

Florida vacation home built on wrong lot

There are many things that could prompt an individual or entity to file a lawsuit related to a construction project. Among other things these lawsuits may be the result of the quality of work performed, the failure of work to be completed as contracted or the use of construction materials that are subpar. As a situation currently developing in the state of Florida illustrates, issues could also arise as a result of where the construction takes place. 

Lawyer may be of assistance throughout life of business

When most people decide to start a business they are focused on getting the good or service being sold, to consumers. There are however many other matters that need to be addressed to keep a business running smoothly. Where many of these matters are concerned a lawyer can be of assistance.

Some of those matters are on the front end such as the creation of contracts with a variety of other parties. Others however occur after an agreement has been created and is then breached. These disputes can take a heavy toll on a business and even impact its bottom line. Accordingly, for businesses facing these situations it is important to do everything possible to make sure the business isn’t too negatively impacted.

Considerations when drafting commercial leases

Commercial real estate ventures can take multiple forms. For example, the owner of a commercial property might seek to enter into a commercial lease with a tenant. For the property owner to make the most of its commercial space, the commercial lease is very important. Depending on the property and the needs of a tenant, leases might vary greatly from property to property. There are several different forms a commercial lease might take. 

Heirs of women who "played" Aunt Jemima seek compensation

Fans of pancakes who live throughout the nation are likely familiar with the brand Aunt Jemima. The brand, which has been around for several generations, is the subject of a recent lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the heirs of the woman who was the first Aunt Jemima. Those individuals allege that they are entitled to damages and a share of the business’s future revenue. Decedents of other women who played the role of Aunt Jemima are also plaintiffs in this lawsuit. A total of $2 billion is sought.

Remedies available for breach of contract

Many people who have worked business are likely aware of the role that contracts play in such an endeavor being successful. With such extensive use it is virtually inevitable that at some point a party will be unable to keep up its end of the deal. In these situations a business or individual might find it necessary to pursue a remedy to a breach of contract.

There are several ways in which a contract breach might be resolved. Sometimes an informal effort to resolve the matter will work. Other times, alternative dispute resolution via mediation or arbitration is effective. An alleged breach of contract might also be addressed in court after a lawsuit is filed.

Do you have a viable construction defect claim?

In the course of a construction project there are many things that can go wrong. Sometimes the issues that arise are minor and can easily be addressed. In other situations however, it is possible that it will be necessary to use the legal system to resolve them. One issue that could prompt this is construction defects.

Multiple things could constitute a construction defect. Some, such as cracks in the roof, wall, floor or foundation have to do specifically with the structure erected. Also included in this group are structural failures, dry rot, mold and water issues.