Protecting Your Best Investment

The video below is a great video to watch as it explains the important of a closing and Owner’s Title Insurance Policies when purchasing Florida Real Estate.

Protecting Your Best Investment: Knowledge is Power

This video also explains why it is so important to have a Closing Title Agency, that does a clear thorough title search to clear title, cutting corners can be burden once the property is in your name as it creates issues with title.

At Boyer Law Firm, we are dedicated to perform your closings in a efficient and timely manner. If you need help as a Buyer or Seller, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Do You Need a Contract When Going Into Business With a Friend or Family Member?

The safest way to do business with a friend or family member and to ensure your relationship lasts even if the business does not, is if you follow these simple guidelines.

Do You Need a Contract When Going Into Business With a Friend or Family Member?

Well the answer is definitely YES. Not only will the contract protect your relationship if the business goes sour but it will protect your immediate interests that you come up.

There are many things to think about when thinking about what to put in the contract, like how will the profits and losses be distributed, who will have rights to the intellectual property, will the business be dissolved if a member or partner leaves, are my personal assets protected, etc?

If you are thinking about going into business with a family member or friend, please do not hesitate to contact Boyer Law Firm, we have helped many successful business flourish with our well designed contracts and business formation strategies. We will be happy to help you.

How To Avoid Infringing on Someone Else’s Trademark

It is important when thinking about trademarking your business, logo, product or any other trademark-able item, that you make sure you do not infringe on someone else’s trademark.

There are some simple steps to take to protect yourself from the costly mistakes of infringement. Four simple steps that Boyer Law Firm recommends are as follows:

1. Search the USPTO Federal Database,
2. Conduct a detailed internet search of the item desired to trademark,
3. Begin to use the item desired, as this will create trademark rights, and
4. Call Boyer Law Firm, as we can help guide and protect you when filing your trademark.

 

Foreign investors flock to U.S.

This fiscal year the State Department expects to issue over 6,000 “investor visas” to qualifying investors.

According to Bill Wright a spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, their “goal is certainly job creation, and that’s what this program is all about,”

Under the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor program, foreign investors can get conditional visas that allow them and their families to live, work and attend school in the U.S. To qualify for the visa, investors must invest at least $1 million in a new or recently created business, or $500,000 for businesses in rural or high-unemployment areas.

 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states that, in the U.S., the immigrant investor program has been responsible for at least 46,810 jobs and more than $2.3 billion in investments since its inception in 1990.

If you are an investor looking to invest in the United States, call Boyer Law Firm to discuss an option that would suit your needs.

Be Careful What you Post on Facebook, It May Just be Discoverable

Facebook is a huge new era for social networking that may have a number of positive aspects for certain social networkers, however it also carries with it significant risks, especially in litigation.

It is very important for clients to realize that the content they share, even if hidden by privacy filters, may very well used against them in litigation.

A majority of courts have required the party seeking to introduce the private content placed on Facebook, to make a threshold showing that their adversary’s public Facebook profile includes content relevant to the case. See, McMillen v. Hummingbird Speedway, Inc. and Zimmerman v. Weise Markets, Inc.

If you are involved in any litigation matter you should be careful what you write, how much you write and what kind of pictures you post on your social network.

An Average Florida Foreclosure

Florida foreclosures are now taking longer than ever, they average almost two-and-a-half years during the first three months of this year, according to a new report by the research firm RealtyTrac, Inc.

Florida foreclosures have grown since the end of last year, and Florida has exceeded every state except New York and New Jersey in terms of the time it takes a bank to reclaim a house.

This is somewhat a good and bad thing for homeowners. Many homeowners put off their economic hardship until the last minute when the foreclosure action has been filed with the court.

The best practice is to capture the foreclosure suit before it is filed and try to either apply for a loan modification, deed in lieu or short sale. There are many programs including governmental programs that will prevent you being foreclosed upon if you qualify.

If you are facing similar issues discussed in this article please do not hesitate to call Boyer Law Firm, we have handled foreclosure cases or soon to be foreclosures and obtained favorable results for our clients.

Francis Boyer will be in Miami during the month of June 2012

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Boyer of Boyer Law Firm, P.L., will be traveling and available for a consultation in Miami, Florida, from June 18th through the 29th.

If you would like to schedule a consultation to meet Mr. Boyer for legal and professional advice in the areas of investment, real estate, immigration, business law or any other area of law within the United States that we specialize in please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation.

For more information please visit our practice areas….

Contact Information

Jacksonville Office:(904) 236-5317
Miami Office: (305) 921-9665
Orlando Office: (407) 574-2573

Fake Title Agencies

BEWARE, fraudsters are creating entities with names very similar to real title agencies or law firms, and are holding themselves out to be agencies or attorneys appointed with various underwriters.  The Fraudsters create commitments, policies and other documents through creative word processing, cut and paste, and other methods that appear, on first glance, to be documents from the underwriter.  They use these documents to induce their victims into funding transactions the fraudsters have engineered.

In order to avoid from becoming a victim of the fraudsters, you need to be extra vigilant in dealing with any title agency or law firm, especially if dealing with them for the first time.  Here are some steps you should follow:

1.        Be alert to discrepancies or inconsistencies in any document you are provided.

2.         Check with the underwriter before relying on any CPL, Commitment or Policy issued by an agent or agency you are unfamiliar with.

3.        Check to verify the status and underwriters of a licensed title agency, and to verify that an attorney is licensed to practice law in Florida.

At Boyer Law Firm, we have licensed Florida attorneys working diligently on your closings. We have a licensed title agency and use a well-known reliable underwriter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The New “Crowdfunding Bill”

According to our well known source Wikipedia, “Crowd funding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowd-funding, or hyper funding) describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowd funding occurs for any variety of purposes, from disaster relief to citizen journalism, to artists seeking support from fans, to political campaigns, to funding a start-up, movie or small business or creating free software.”

President Obama signed into law on April 5, 2012 the Crowd-funding Bill. This bill allows the general public to invest in start-up companies over the Internet, which until now has been prohibited by government regulations, restricting early investments in private companies to qualified institutions such as investment banks and wealthy individuals.

There is a $1 million dollar limit that any business can raise through crowd funding. Individual also have limits on how much they can invest, which are as follows:
• For investors with an income of less than $100,000.00, investments will be capped at the greater of $2,000 or 5% of income.
• For investors within an income bracket of more than $100,000.00, investments will be capped at 10% up to $100,000.00.

For citizens or foreigner entrepreneurs in the U.S. it is a good opportunity to think about the “future,” using the new legislation to its full advantage and to boost the capital of news companies and “start-ups.”

At Boyer Law Firm, we will be more than happy to assist entrepreneurs or entertain any questions regarding this bill and how it can help your investment goals.

Source : http://www.ibusinessangel.com/2012/03/crowd-funding-legalised-in-usa/