Florida Craft Beer Trademark Registration Prevents Orlando Trademark Lawsuits

Florida craft beer trademark registration is becoming a hot topic, as the industry has become increasingly competitive, with the number of small breweries nationally growing six-fold from 2008 to 2016, according to federal data. The trend continued through last year, with The Atlantic reporting the industry had ballooned to employ 70,000 workers – triple what… Continue Reading

Buying or Selling a Florida Business? Lake Mary Business Lawyer Can Help

Buying an existing business (which, along with sales, is known as, “mergers and acquisitions”, “asset purchase” or “stock purchase”), can be an excellent way to expand your business or give you a head start into the business world with an established name, brand, product and system. Although some business owners want to build their brand… Continue Reading

Orlando Trademark Attorney: Should I Trademark My Slogan?

As an Orlando trademark attorney helping small businesses ensure their intellectual property is protected, I help entrepreneurs secure patents and trademark rights for their original work and branding. This includes a slogan trademark, which can be registered with either the United States Patent and Trademark Office (if you do business across state lines) or with… Continue Reading

The Many Pitfalls of DIY Estate Planning

Online resources for do-it-yourself estate planning – particularly DIY wills – are infinite. Many sites like LegalZoom promise ease-of-use, low costs and expedience. That doesn’t mean they are a good idea. Put it this way: Would you perform surgery on yourself? Would you defend yourself against criminal charges in court? Maybe you would risk attempting… Continue Reading

Stepmothers v. Stepchildren: How Orlando Estate Planning Helps Avoid the Cliche Probate Battle

It’s a scenario so common, it’s something of a cultural cliche: Dad dies. Stepmother and stepchildren war over dad’s estate. Bitterness and animosity ensue. Some disputes may be unavoidable. Often, however, an Orlando estate planning effort that is thorough and transparent can help avoid the surprises and misunderstandings that breed conflict snowballing into probate litigation.… Continue Reading

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… 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

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