Orlando Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples

Estate planning is essential for “non-traditional” couples in Florida who have opted for long-term togetherness without entering a formal marriage.

As reported by The Pew Research Center, marriage rates have been steadily slipping, while rates of cohabitation are on the rise, reaching about 18 million as of two years ago, representing a 30 percent spike in just a decade. About half of those living with a romantic partner are 35 or younger, but a growing number (currently almost one-quarter) are over 50. This segment increased by 75 percent over the last 10 years.

While estate planning is important at any age (life is often unpredictable, if nothing else), those over 50 must make it a priority to ensure their rights are protected and wishes are followed in the event of sudden incapacity or death. Blended families too have special circumstances to consider, as do single parents. Rules and advantages that apply to married spouses in Florida estate law won’t automatically apply to unmarried cohabitants. That means extra planning is required. Trying to tackle it yourself may be cheaper than hiring an estate planning attorney, but it will cost you more in the long-run when there are inevitable oversights on legal technicalities – of which there will inevitably be more in non-traditional households. Continue Reading

Florida Small Businesses Have New Protection to Fight “Drive-By” ADA Lawsuits

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a 1990 federal civil rights law intended to protect the rights and access of those with disabilities in almost every facet of society, from workplaces to recreational spaces, schools and shopping centers. Part of this involves specific standards for accessible design of everything from gas stations to hotel… Continue Reading

Theft of Trade Secrets Threatens Florida’s Small Businesses

The phrase “theft of trade secrets” conjures mental images of international espionage and a suave, globe-trotting spy. Of course, as the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned, economic espionage is a real threat to large corporations, costing the American economy billions annually and even placing our national security at risk. However, theft of trade… Continue Reading

Choosing the Best Business Structure for Your Small Family Business in Lake Mary

More than half of all U.S. businesses are family-owned, from behemoth corporations to tiny mom-and-pop spots. That’s according to data from the Harvard Business School, which defines “family-owned” as any business wherein multiple family members are involved as major owners or managers.  Family business attorneys know these start-ups can have great potential because they tend to… Continue Reading

Florida Trademark Litigation Pits Circus Against Singer

A Florida trademark lawsuit has been filed by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus against singer Kid Rock’s “Greatest Show on Earth” tour. This is what is known as a trademark dilution lawsuit, and it’s been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, according to Rolling Stone.  Trademark dilution… Continue Reading

Florida Small Business Owners Increasingly Hire Independent Contractors

Our Lake Mary business lawyers know that employment contracts are a top concern for Florida small business owners. There are many reasons small businesses hire independent contractors as opposed to employees. The company enjoys reduced overhead and workers have greater flexibility. Still, there are specific legal considerations must be made for both types of workers,… Continue Reading

Tips for Selecting a Business Bank Account

  When you start a small business, one decision you need to make early on is selecting a business bank account. Business accounts often provide benefits and incentives that can help with a small business’s day-to-day operations.  Different Accounts for Different Types of Businesses There are many business bank accounts that differ based on the… Continue Reading

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