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Bastille Day

Bastille DayThe French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held all over France.

 

Independence Day!

Independence Day

All of us here at Boyer Law Firm, P.L., would like to wish you a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Our office will be closed on Friday, July 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney Boyer on Contracts and Lien Laws


Contracts and Lien Laws

Attorney Francis M. Boyer spoke at the Florida Groundwater Association’s Annual Conference on Friday, May 2, 2014. He spoke about contracts and lien laws for contractors, subcontractors and more.

The presentation and Attorney Boyer received great feedback from the audience, and Attorney Boyer looks forward to attending the conference next year.

If you need assistance with a contract or lien law situation, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today.

Florida Business Planning and Florida Business Registration

Florida Business PlanningWith the onslaught of internet based companies, including phone apps, online stores, and much more, it can be difficult to navigate the legal landscape of properly setting up your business and abiding by the different state laws.

For example, according to the Orlando Business Journal, it is rumored that Zynga, maker of some of the most popular social games, is building a physical location in the Orlando, Florida area. Does this mean that Zynga will have to register to do business in Florida? If it has not already, then absolutely!

If your company has a permanent address in a Florida, then it needs to be registered to do business in Florida. If you are based in one state but you are selling throughout the country or internationally, then it is important to know the legal requirements for your business.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we offer Florida business planning meetings that will allow Attorney Boyer and our other business law attorneys to guide you through this landscape and assist you in determining what you need to do to protect your business and yourself, especially when it comes to asset protection.

For more information on our Florida business planning meetings, or if you need to register your business to conduct business in Florida, then contact Boyer Law Firm today.

CNN Money Likes Jacksonville Entrepreneurs

Jacksonville EntrepreneursJacksonville, Florida was recently praised by CNN Money for being an emerging hub for both start-up companies and entrepreneurs.

Contributing factors to the success of the increase in Jacksonville Entrepreneurs include inexpensive business and labor costs, low taxes, warm weather, and availability of capital. Jeanne Miller, executive director of Jacksonville Civic Council, says venture capital and money from angel investors is coming back to Jacksonville.

“Jacksonville’s a hidden jewel for entrepreneurs,” said Theodore Carter, executive director of the city’s Office of Economic Development. “We have a young ecosystem here that’s very welcoming to innovation and new business.”

This ecosystem of Jacksonville entrepreneurs is further exemplified through events such as One Spark, and the UNF Leadership Summit, and many other events with the entrepreneurial spirit in Jacksonville.

Source: Jacksonville is Hot for Startups

New Orlando Address for Boyer Law Firm, PL

Boyer Law Firm’s Orlando address has changed to the following location:

Ashley Park ComplexBoyer Law Firm Orlando
7635 Ashley Park Court
Suite 503- D
Orlando, FL 32835

This office is located in a more convenient part of Orlando that will allow us to better serve our clients. The new location will be officially open on January 1, 2014, and is located in the MetoWest area in the Ashley Park Complex across the street from Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Buying an Existing Business in Florida Saves Time and Money

Buy an Existing BusinessMost people think that in order to be an entrepreneur you need to start a new business; this is not true. Many entrepreneurs start their businesses by buying an existing business. Buying an existing business in Florida can be more advantageous than starting from the ground up and can save the business owner a lot of start-up time and effort.

When you purchase a new business, it will usually include an existing customer base, existing location, existing product(s), and existing physical assets.

An existing customer base is the number one reason to buy an existing business, but you need to make sure that this existing customer base will be loyal to the business, not to the old owners or old employees.

Often times, the loyalty of the customer base will be determined by the type of business you are buying. If you are buying a hair salon, for example, many of the customers are not loyal to the actual hair salon; they are loyal to the hair stylist who is used to them and knows how they want their hair cut. On the reverse side, if you are buying something like a restaurant, then the customer base should be pretty loyal unless you drastically change the menu items or other important aspects of the business.

The second thing that will come with buying an existing business in Florida is the location. This is an important thing to consider when purchasing a business because the location can either help or hurt you.

The business you are buying will also most likely have an existing product, whether it be recipes for a restaurant or clothing for a store. The business may also come with trademarks and certifications on the products that the previous owners obtained.

Lastly, the business will usually come with physical assets. In the case of a restaurant, these would include ovens, tables, kitchen equipment, and more. If the business you are buying is selling for a low price, then you may be able to get a great deal for these business assets.

If you are interested in buying an existing business in Florida, contact Boyer Law Firm’s business law attorneys today.

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Da

St Johns Town Center Entices Retailers

St Johns Town CenterThe success of St Johns Town Center is enticing retailers to come to Jacksonville.

St Johns Town Center has almost everything: clothing stores, such as Louis Vuitton, bebe, Lacoste, Coach, and Express; restaurants, such as J. Alexander’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and PF Chang’s; nightclubs, such as Whiskey River; Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, Costco, and so much more.

It is equidistant from the wealthiest areas of Jacksonville, which a tremendous draw for retailers. The town center is fairly new to Jacksonville (its creation started only a few years ago), and locals can’t believe how successful it has become.

“Growing up in Jacksonville and knowing the JTB used to be essentially sand dunes and the Town Center was a dairy farm – looking at it now it’s the retail epicenter of Jacksonville,” said Patrick McKinley, leasing agent with Regency Centers Corp.

Trader Joe’s, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Recreational Equipment Inc., and Nordstrom Inc. have all landed deals at St Johns Town Center. If you are interested in starting a retail business in Jacksonville, contact Boyer Law Firm’s Business Law Attorneys today.

See a full list of the stores in St. John’s Town Center here.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal

First Coast News Interviewed Attorney Boyer

Attorney Francis Boyer was quoted as an expert in a story on First Coast News about a man who was wrongfully evicted from his home.

“First For You, real estate attorney, Francis Boyer, said these are your rights:

1) Renters can stay in the property until a notice to vacate runs out.

2) Property owners do not have the right to take the renter’s property. It must be stored and notice given. If that is not done – consider hiring legal help.

3) The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act says in part, if your landlord is foreclosed upon, and does not inform you and you are a bona fide tenant (meaning you are not related) you have a right to 90 days notice to move.”

First Coast News: Click here if you do not see the video below.

Happy Independence Day!!

July 4 | US Immigration Attorney

All of us here at Boyer Law Firm, PL would like to wish you a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th.

E2 Visa Success

E2 visa successBoyer Law Firm has successfully obtained over ten E2 visas for over three different families in the last few weeks. Our experienced immigration attorneys know what is required in order to obtain this and other US visas.

We have also recently succeeded in obtaining Fiancé petitions, temporary “B” visas, and Citizenship for our clients.

An E2 visa allows for foreign nationals to obtain a US visa if they invest a substantial amount of capital in a new enterprise in the United States. Although we cannot guarantee that your will get an E2 visa, we can offer your our expertise, which will reduce errors that could cause your visa application to be delayed or denied.

Our immigration attorneys can not only help you through every step of the visa process, but can also help you run and maintain your business after you obtain a visa through our registered agent services, business planning sessions, and more.

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Please join Boyer Law Firm, PL, in remembering all of our departed soldiers. Our thoughts and thanks also go out to all those who currently serve and their families.

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Our Miami Office Has Moved

Boyer Law Firm, PL is proud to announce that our Miami Office has moved to a new location: The Brickell Bay Office Tower

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Brickell Bay Office Tower

1001 Brickell Bay Drive

Suite 1712

Miami, Florida 33131-4938

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Florida’s World-Class Golf Courses

One of the great things about living and doing business in Florida, in addition to the warm weather and sandy beaches, is Florida’s world-class public golf courses. Whether you are meeting a client or playing a Saturday afternoon round with some buddies, Florida has some of the best golf courses in the country.

Whether you are in Jacksonville, Orlando, or Miami, Florida, there is a world-class public golf course near you.

Here are the top thirty Florida’s world-class golf courses, according to Golf.com:

1. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach/ Jacksonville

Floridas world class golf courses | doing business in Florida | Business Lawyer Jacksonville Miami Orlando2. World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville

3. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill, Orlando

4. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean), Palm Coast

5. Innisbrook (Copperhead), Palm Harbor

6. Doral (TPC Blue Monster), Miami

7. PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens

8. Reunion (Independence), Orlando

9. World Woods (Rolling Oaks), Brooksville

10. Camp Creek, Panama City Beach

11. Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

12. Grand Cypress (New), Orlando

13. Sandestin (Raven), Destin

14. Sugarloaf Mountain, Minneola

15. Victoria Hill, Deland

16. Old Corkscrew, Estero

17. Tiburon (Black), Naples

18. Hammock Beach Resort (Conservatory),Palm Coast

19. Turnberry Isle (Soffer), Aventura

20. Southern Dunes, Haines City

21. Breakers (Rees Jones), West Palm Beach

22. Orange County National (Panther Lake), Winter Garden / Orlando

23. PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie

24. The Deltona Club, Deltona

25. Southwood, Tallahassee

26. TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley), Ponte Vedra Beach/ Jacksonville

27. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ocean), Ponte Vedra Beach/ Jacksonville

28. Reunion (Legacy), Orlando

29. North Palm Beach C.C., North Palm Beach

30. Walt Disney World (Magnolia), Lake Buena Vista

For more information about living and doing business in Florida, download our “Living in Florida” guide.

Source: http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/best-public-golf-courses-florida-2012

Fake Attorneys

freeimage-5553348With the invention of the internet, it is very easy for people to misrepresent themselves as lawyers.

In Arkansas, Anthony Calderon is accused of defrauding non-English speaking immigrants and taking their money. In New York, Terence Kindlon Jr. was indicted for practicing law without a license and filing false documents while unlawfully representing a criminal defendant.

If you are not a licensed attorney, giving legal advice is a third-degree felony.

When you are looking for an attorney, it is important to do your homework. At the very least, be sure that your attorney is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, and that they are eligible to practice in the jurisdiction your case requires. Also, be sure that your matter matches the areas of law they practice.

Sources: Channel 5 ; Law Updates

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Attorney Boyer will Travel to France & Turkey in March

MondissimoWe are pleased to announce that Attorney Francis M. Boyer, of Boyer Law Firm, PL, will be available for meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, from March 1 to March 8, 2013 and Paris, France, on March 18, 21, and 22.

He will also be participating in the 5th annual Mondissimo Convention on March 19th and 20th.

As a result, Mr. Boyer’s availability will be extremely limited during the month of March. If you need help with a potential matter or your current matter, please contact us immediately so that we can plan together how to manage your matter while he is away.

If you will be in France or Turkey during this time and would like to meet with Mr. Boyer, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Tax-Deductible Attorney’s Fees

Attorney’s fees paid to help your business or for income-producing reasons are tax-deductible.Tax deduction

Examples include:

-          Business legal fees are deductible by all entities
-          Production of income
-          Management of an income-producing property
-          Tax planning and preparation purposes

These attorney fees are usually filed as miscellaneous itemized deductions, and there are certain limitations to them.

Attorney’s fees that are not tax deductible include:

-          Divorce in general (Exceptions: Collecting alimony; Tax advice relating to the divorce)
-          Personal injury or wrongful death
-          Will or Probate
-          Closing for the purchase of a home
-          Criminal cases that are not work related.

If you have questions about whether or not you attorney’s fees are tax-deductible, you should ask your attorney before he does any work for you. If you will be paying both deductible and non-deductible fees, you should ask for these fees to be on separate invoices for tax purposes.

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Meet with Mr. Boyer over Skype!

Skype AppointmentWe are offering a new medium for appointments with Mr. Boyer. You can now have an appointment over the phone, in person, or on SKYPE!

Now you won’t have to be in the same place to have a face-to-face meeting; you don’t even have to be in the same country! This will be especially beneficial for our international clients.

All Skype communications will be by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling.

Holiday Office Hours

Boyer Law Firm Holiday HoursOur office will be closed on the following days:

Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25
Tuesday, January 1.

We will be open on Monday, December 31.

We wish everybody a safe and Happy Holiday!

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Florida Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which a person, the “principal” gives another person, the “agent,” the authority to act on the principal’s behalf in certain circumstances. These circumstances can be narrow or broad, depending on the way the document is written.Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney is created to perform almost any legal act that the principal cannot do, such as sell a car or home, access bank accounts, or make health care decisions. There are three kinds of POAs in Florida:

  1. Limited Power of Attorney gives the agent authority to conduct only a specific act.
  2. General Power of Attorney gives the agent a much broader authority, but there must be a list of the acts the agent is entitled to perform in the document.
  3. Durable Power of Attorney remains in effect if the principal becomes incapacitated. This is not the case with the other two forms. There must be specific language in the document stating that the power of attorney will continue if the principal becomes incapacitated. Most POAs in the state of Florida are Durable POAs.

A Springing Power of Attorney becomes effective once the principle becomes incapacitated, as deemed by a physician. Florida no longer allows for them to be created, but if the POA was written before September 30, 2011, it is still effective.

POAs should be drawn up by an attorney. Pre-printed forms are likely to fail in providing the desired protection because every principal’s needs are different.

If the agent is unsure of whether they are authorized to perform a specific act, they should check with an attorney to review the POA. If the agent performs an act they are not legally entitled to perform, they can be punished both civilly and criminally.

Under a Power of Attorney, an agent may only act on the principal’s behalf while the principal is still alive.

Source: Florida Bar

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Sarah Gulati, Esq., has left our Firm

Sarah Gulati, Esq., has left our firm for personal reasons and relocated to another city. She will be greatly missed, and we appreciate all that she has done for our firm.

If Miss Gulati was your primary contact, your new primary contact will be Mr. Francis Boyer, but, of course, the rest of us here at the firm will be glad to assist you in any way we can.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please join us in wishing Miss Gulati the best of luck in her future endeavors.

Technology of a Large Florida Firm, Personality of a Small Florida Firm

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Whether you’re going to buy groceries or hiring an attorney, costs and fees are always a concern. That is why we at Boyer Law Firm insist on a written fee agreement with you, the client. We have hourly, contingency and flat fee rates, and we offer convenient online payments with Visa, MasterCard, and Paypal.

We take time to explain any questions that our clients may haven order to provide comfort for you and confidence in our firm.

Technology

We maintain all of our files in electronic format using the latest technology available to large firms, which we have chosen to acquire. Every document is scanned within 24 hours, read,Photo Courtesy of Stockfreeimages.com analyzed, and processed. We will often email you the document as well in order to keep you updated on your case. We want to make sure that we are providing for you, our client.

We have subscriptions to online, specialized legal software to access the most up-to-date legal information, case laws, and statutes that may be relevant to your case.

Our central server allows our staff to access information and documents relevant to your case from anywhere, anytime, including while in court, while traveling, and even overseas!

Our case management software allows us to schedule with greater precision. This allows us to not only stay on top of your case, but also to plan well ahead of deadlines imposed by law.

Personality

Because we are a small firm, we are able to build a lasting relationship with our clients. We understand that legal matters usually take an emotional toll on all parties involved, and we strive to show compassion in every case.

If you need legal representation regarding business law, international law, immigration, real estate or estate planning, please contact us today.

National Estate Planning Awareness Week: October 15-21, 2012

October 15 -21, 2012 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. This is the time to update your estate plan in order to protect yourself and your family.

It is estimated that 120,000,000 do not have up-to-date estate plans. Do you have the knowledge necessary to plan for your retirement?

Unfortunately, most Americans do not.

A poll conducted by the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants showed that two-thirds of Americans over the age of 65 lack the knowledge to adequately prepare for retirement, and almost half of Americans are unfamiliar with basic retirement tools, such as a 401(k) plan.

Estate planning can be very complicated, and it includes filing of many complex legal documents. Here at the Boyer Law Firm, we would be happy to assist you in your retirement and estate planning in order to protect yourself and your loved ones, so contact us today!

Source: www.estateplanninganswers.org

Non-English Speaking Pro Se Litigants

Recently in some states, challenges facing non-English speakers are increasing in number as lawmakers are enacting English-only laws, justifying them by citing the expense of providing services to non-English speakers.  These laws affect areas as diverse as document production, proof of permanent resident status, housing codes (regarding the number of permitted inhabitants) and the search for valid employment.

One area in particular where this may be felt is legal representation, especially for pro se litigants, or those persons who decide to represent themselves.  Nearly 50% of non-English speaking pro se litigants do not have a translator.  Such litigants are forced to complete complex paperwork under strict deadlines, file motions with the court and understand complex legal jargon without the proper instruction or required understanding of the language.

At Boyer Law Firm, our firms attorneys and staff speak numerous different languages and may be able to help you in these situations, please contact us to see if we can help.

Don’t Be A Victim: Fraudulent Out-of-Country Buyers

Most foreign property buyers have a legitimate interest in buying a property in the U.S. However, the increased number of scams in the real estate market from fraudulent out of state buyers have increased, causing title companies and real estate attorneys to lose time and money.

How the scams are conducted:

The first person that is contacted by the fraudulent party is usually the real estate agent. After they inquire about the property, they send information proving that they have the funds to purchase the property, and then ask to be referred to an attorney.

After the “buyer” gets in contact with the attorney, he sends a fake cashier’s check and asks the attorney to deposit the check in a trust account. Once the scammer knows the check is in the trust account, he will come up with an excuse to ask for the money back and have it deposit in a foreign bank account. When the attorney’s bank realizes that the check was fake it will be too late to recover the money that was drawn from the attorney’s trust account.

In most instances where scams take place, the prospective client will use an email address from one of the large services instead of a personal website address, claim to be a professional with a title that suggests wealth, or mainly be interested in land that is vacant. To avoid these scams, the first thing real estate agents should do is to confirm the identity of the client by verifying through a letter that the person is the true owner of the record.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Every year more and more people become victims of identity theft without realizing it. This crime is becoming more profitable for gangs who obtain a person’s information either by stealing wallets, breaking into homes, or businesses. Furthermore, identity thieves can obtain personal information such as home address and birthday from social media websites or by sending emails requesting information pretending to be a bank or government agency.

Millions of dollars have been stolen through fraudulent tax return and the IRS identified at least 582,000 taxpayers who have been victims of identity theft. The information is used by thieves to file online tax returns of real taxpayers to collect the refund on debit cards or checks addressed to places where they can collect them and cash them. Even though the check is under someone else’s name, the members of the gangs have managed to cash them using fake identification made by them as well.

To avoid identity theft you should refrain from posting personal information on social media websites, keep your documents in a secure place, pull your yearly credit report, and most importantly, file your income tax return as early as you can.