Florida Business Owners: Meet Tax-Friendly Orlando

Florida Business | OrlandoAccording to a report by KPMG International, Orlando, Florida is one of the most tax-friendly major cities in the world, with Tampa, Florida following close behind. This is just one of many reasons why entrepreneurs open Florida businesses.

When you are starting a business or planning to move to a different city, there are not a lot of people who think about taxes, but that could be a major influence in your quality of life and cost of living. Florida is already known as one of the most business-friendly states, since it does not have a personal income tax, but these cities in Florida have received special recognition.

The report analyzed corporate income taxes, capital taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, miscellaneous local business taxes and statutory labor costs for the cities in the report.

In the United States, taxes are taken on various levels including Federal, State, and Local (or City) taxes. Although it is important to talk to a CPA about your individual tax needs, you can get a general idea of which states and cities will provide you with a general idea of where it would be best to live and start your business.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, P.L. we can assist you in incorporating your Florida business correctly to get you off to the right start. From there, we work with other professionals, such as Florida CPAs, to assist you with all of your needs as a Florida Entrepreneur and Florida business owner.

Tim Tebow Purchasing Commercial, Residential Property in Jacksonville

Tebow | Florida BusinessIf you are a college football fan, then you have probably heard of the previous University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who played high school football for Nease High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

After a short career in the NFL, Tebow has begun to set roots back in Jacksonville. He recently purchased both residential and commercial properties in Northeast Florida.

According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, Tebow recently purchased a $1.4 Million home on the Southside area of Jacksonville, and on Monday, just a few weeks later, he purchased a new commercial property, a restaurant in Oakleaf Town Center, for $850,000.00.

It is not uncommon for U.S. and foreign entrepreneurs to purchase both a commercial property to run a business as well as a residential property in which to live.

When you are starting a business, there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, P.L. we are equipped to assist you in the purchase of both commercial and residential real estate, as well as other areas of law. Using the same law firm to assist you in multiple matters can be beneficial in many ways. These include developing a relationship with you attorney and the staff, being able to go to the same place for all of your legal needs, and not having to perform repetitive work, such as providing basic information to different firms.

In addition to both commercial and residential real estate, we can assist you with our other specialty areas, such as immigration visas, business formations, and estate planning. Contact us today to see the many ways we can assist you in both your professional and personal affairs.

Collect on a Foreign Judgment in Florida

Foreign judgmentIf you have received a foreign judgment in another state or country and the defendant owns property or other assets in Florida, then Boyer Law Firm, P.L. can assist you to domesticate the judgment to Florida. This will allow you to collect the monies owed to you.

A judgment issued in another state can be domesticated in a Florida Court. This is due to the Florida Domestication of Foreign Judgments Act.

Once the foreign judgment has gone through the domestication process, it will be recognized by the Florida Courts System, and a Florida Final Judgment will be issued. This final judgment will allow us to collect the monies owed to you. This can be done through placing a lien or garnishment on the property or other assets of the defendant.

A lien is an official claim or charge placed on a property for payment of a debt.

A garnishment is the process of petitioning and obtaining a court order directing a third party (usually a bank or employer) to hold funds of the debtor in order to pay the monies owed to the creditor (plaintiff).

In order for these monies to be collected through the Florida Court System, the defendant must have property or other assets in Florida.

Florida Small Business is Growing and Optimistic

Florida small businessIt is the perfect time to start a Florida small business. The Florida Chamber of Commerce released a Florida small business index survey that was conducted through the month of May 2014. The survey showed that small business owners are seeing an increase in sales and are very optimistic for the future.

“Four out of five new jobs in Florida will be created by small businesses,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson. “The Small Business Survey helps us monitor the health of the important role small businesses play in Florida’s economy.”

The survey went on to state that the top issues facing Florida small businesses are access to capital and economic uncertainty. However, optimism is still high in the Florida small business community, with two-thirds of the respondents to the survey expecting the economy to improve in the next three years.

If you are interested in starting a Florida small business, then contact Boyer Law Firm today to ensure that you have a solid foundation on which to grow your business. We can assist you not only with corporate documents, but also with sound legal advice in regards to your business and other legal needs.

If you currently have a business in another state or country and would like to do business in Florida, then Boyer Law Firm can assist you with properly registering your company with the state. We also offer Registered Agent services.

Invest in a Florida Apartment Complex

Florida apartment complexFlorida apartment complex occupancy rates are up and so is the rent that landlords are deriving from their investment!

Florida apartment complex occupancy in May reached 95 percent, a number not seen since at least 2006, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

As a result of these high occupancy rates, rents are also rising due to supply and demand. Because demand for apartment rentals is so high, it is a good idea for investors and entrepreneurs to consider buying a Florida apartment complex to rent out to occupants and derive an income from the property.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we can assist you with running a successful Florida apartment complex, including forming a Florida company, purchasing the Florida commercial property, assisting you with any disputes that may arise while you manage the property and conduct your business, and more.

If you are interested in purchasing a Florida commercial property, such as a Florida apartment complex, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today.

Investment in Real Estate in Florida for International Clients

Real Estate in Florida | InternationalAs a Board Certified Expert in International Law, Attorney Boyer and his staff assist foreign and international clients with the purchase of both residential and commercial real estate in Florida.

We assist foreign and international clients with the purchase and sale of single-family homes, multi-unit apartment complexes, retail business locations, hotels, shopping centers, and more.

Our office is equipped to cater to the overseas purchaser through electronic documents and signatures, a network of email and telephone communication, and referrals to additional professionals you may need if you do not speak English or prefer to converse in your native language.

In addition to assisting you with the purchase of your home or commercial real estate in Florida, Attorney Boyer can also assist you in other matters, such as immigration and visas, business creation and planning, and much more.

Because we are equipped to handle international real estate transactions, we also apply that to our domestic real estate transactions. Our procedures to handle international transactions make domestic transactions that much more convenient for everyone involved.

If you are interested in purchasing or selling a home in Florida, then it is never too early to contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. to assist you with the transaction. There may be steps we can take before you even make an offer on the property that will expedite the process.

Whether you are a Florida resident or a foreign investor, Boyer Law Firm’s international real estate attorneys can assist you with the purchase or sale of your property in Florida.

Boyer Law Firm, P.L. Can Help You through the Florida Probate Process

Florida probate processWhen you suffer the loss of a loved one, you may be faced with many hard decisions at a very difficult time. If the decedent passed away in Florida or owned property or assets in Florida, then the estate must go through the Florida probate process.

Hiring an experienced Florida Probate Attorney is an important step in ensuring that the Florida probate process goes smoothly. Boyer Law Firm, P.L. helps families and individuals through the probate process by adding clarity, efficiency, and peace of mind to what can become a daunting process if not handled correctly.

If you are appointed as the fiduciary or personal representative of an estate, then you are legally obligated to settle the decedent’s estate in a timely manner. It is important to contact a Florida probate attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you will meet you legal obligations.

Francis M. Boyer is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in International Law. This makes him an expert on, among other international matters, probate for non-residents of Florida and probate in Florida for foreign individuals.

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one and need assistance through the Florida probate process, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s probate attorneys today.

Owning a Restaurant in Florida: Customer Pet Peeves Part 2

restaurant in FloridaOn the previous blog, we began to list the top customer pet peeves when they eat at restaurants. If you are an owner or manager of a restaurant in Florida or elsewhere, then you should consider how to correct the following pet peeves:

7. Over-affectionate couples. Managers should address these couples in a prudent and professional manner. It may be a little uncomfortable to have to tell a couple they are being too affectionate, but it is much more uncomfortable for the patrons in your restaurant to watch.

6. Menu Typos. This shows laziness and lack of attention to detail. One comedic example comes from the popular show “The Big Bang Theory” in which one of the main characters, Sheldon, made the friends leave an Italian restaurant because the menu said “Mobster Sauce” instead of “Lobster Sauce,” and the eccentric character thought the sauce was made out of Mobsters.

5. An unexplained wait. It is expected that restaurants will have a wait sometimes, however, if you have open tables or a section that is closed, you should explain this to the customer so that they are not looking at the empty tables and wondering why they are not sitting at them.

4. No substitutions. Even if you have an upcharge, you need to accommodate for allergies, diets, and picky eaters. Make the customer happy.

3. Fast Food. Food should come in courses. Don’t bring out the main course when the patron is still eating their salad unless they specifically ask you. Customers should not feel like the server is trying to get them in and out in order to “flip tables.”

2. Slow Service. Although the food should come out in courses, customers also should not be kept waiting. Their drink order should be taken within a couple minutes of them being seated, their drinks should never be empty, and courses should be brought out within a reasonable amount of time between each other.

1. Unsupervised and Unruly Kids. They can be worse than an unruly customer and an over-affectionate couple combined! Additionally, unsupervised children can cause damage to your restaurant and could bother your other customers in numerous ways. Although your restaurant should accommodate children, it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that they behave. Do not approach the child; approach the parent.

If you are the owner of a restaurant in Florida, then take some time to see which, if any, of these pet peeves reply to your restaurant. If you are interested in opening a restaurant in Florida or currently run a restaurant in Florida and need a business attorney, then contact Boyer Law Firm today!

Francis M. Boyer Now Board Certified in International Law!


Francis M. Boyer, Esq. is now Board Certified by the Florida Bar in International Law!

Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of an attorney in his particular area of the law. Board Certified Lawyers are evaluated for professionalism and tested for Expertise.

Mr. Boyer is one of only 42 Board Certified International Attorneys in the State of Florida. Because Florida is the ONLY state in the nation that offers a specialty certification in International Law, he is also one of only 42 in the entire United States.

The International Law Certification Exam includes business immigration, international business transactions, international litigation (such as when the Plaintiff or Defendant is overseas or a domestication of a Foreign Judgment), international taxation, customs law, and more.

Owning a Restaurant in Florida: Customer Pet Peeves Part 1

Restaurant in FloridaThe restaurant industry is a very competitive business. The littlest thing can make or break your business. One of the most important aspects of owning and running a restaurant in Florida is customer service.

Urban Spoon has compiled the following list of customer pet peeves at a restaurant. If you currently run a restaurant in Florida or are thinking about opening one, then you should take some time to seriously consider these aspects of customer service:

15. Missing/ Having to ask for simple items, such as napkins, a fork or a knife.

14. Weak drinks. This does not, however, mean that you should over-pour. Each drink has a specific volume of liquor in the recipe, and this should be adhered to by both owners and bartenders.

13. Indiscernible menus. Although it may add to the atmosphere to list menu items in the language of the restaurant (such as Italian, Spanish, or French), it is important to at least include an English translation so your customers are better able to choose their meal.

12. Rowdy Patrons. People come out to restaurants to have fun, but when they start to bother other people in the restaurant, then you have a problem. It is important that managers are prepared to handle rowdy customers in a professional manner that resolves the situation.

11. Nosy Neighbors. If your tables are too close together, then people who are having business meetings or a date night may feel that their privacy is being invaded. It is important to have many tables in your restaurant to be able to accommodate customers, but do not overload your dining room with tables.

10. Partial Group Seating. DO NOT EVER DO THIS! Your restaurant should anticipate that you will be “on a wait” at some points in your business, especially on the weekends. Incorporate a waiting area into the design of your restaurant and encourage guests to have a drink at the bar while they wait on their table.

9. Dirty Silverware or glasses. This is not only gross, but it is also a health hazard. One of the common reasons for dirty silverware or glasses is that your dishwasher itself is not clean. Additionally, glasses and silverware should be polished so that there are no visible watermarks.

8. Taking calls at the table. As an owner or manager, there is really not a lot that you can do about this. However, servers should not be rude to guests on the phone and should be aware that they may have to wait or come back to the table to take that individual’s order.

Check back on Tuesday to see the top 7 restaurant customer pet peeves and how you as a restaurant owner or manager can address them.

If you are interested in opening a restaurant in Florida or currently run a restaurant in Florida and need a business attorney, then contact Boyer Law Firm today!

Advantages of Living and Working in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, FloridaJacksonville, Florida is a growing city in Northeast Florida.

Ponte Vedra Beach near Jacksonville, Florida, ranked 10th wealthiest zip code in Florida in a 2013 survey conducted by Esri, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Ponte Vedra Beach is a beautiful area outside of Jacksonville, but still close enough to be able to commute to downtown Jakcsonville. It is well known for the home of golf’s The Player’s Championship and also offers private beaches and clubs.

St. Johns, another area close to Jacksonville, ranked #24 in the survey. This area includes the gated community Julington Creek.

If you are interested in living, doing business in Florida, or both, then you may want to consider living in some of these areas close to Jacksonville, Florida.

If you are interested in buying or selling a property or if you are interested in starting a business in the Jacksonville area, then contact one of Boyer Law Firm, P.L.’s business and real estate closing attorneys today.

Governor Scott’s Florida Small Business Policies and Proposals

Governor Scott’s Florida Small Business PoliciesGovernor Rick Scott called small business “the lifeblood of our economy” in a statement for his re-election campaign on Monday.

Scott started his two-week statewide tour in Miami on Tuesday to promote his ideas to increase Florida small business.

Governor Scott’s Florida small business policies and proposals include lowering corporate filing fees for small businesses, increase funding for export marketing programs, developing solutions to issues with private capital, and establishing annual business competitions to be hosted by Florida’s colleges and universities. These competitions are expected to have an aware of up to $100,000.00.

Governor Scott’s Florida small business policies are just a few of the reasons why Florida is a great state to live and conduct business, especially a small business.

If you are interested in starting a business in Florida, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s business law attorneys today. If you are a foreign individual, then you may also qualify for an Investor’s Visa.

Opening a Company in Florida: A Couple Advantages

Opening a company in FloridaMiami recently hosted a conference that brought together South Florida and Latin America tech communities. These investors were interested in opening a company in Florida, specifically Miami, but they were also looking to launch their companies on the world stage.

The articles in Forbes said “The U.S. has a highly evolved infrastructure for nurturing innovative new companies and positioning them for global expansion. There are mature investor networks, a large and relatively homogeneous consumer population with expendable income, and a proven ability to commercialize innovative IP.”

The article then went on to say “the U.S. is exerting an intense gravitational pull, attracting dynamic young companies and investment capital, and interconnecting them in ways that were unimaginable before the digital era.”

If you are a foreign individual, opening a company in Florida may qualify you for an investor’s visa such as an E-2 Investor’s Visa or and EB5 Investor’s visa. If you qualify for an EB5 visa, then this could be a path to a green card and eventually potential U.S. Citizenship.

Source: Forbes

Bar Rescue Exemplifies Why You Need Proper Florida Corporate Documents

Florida corporate documentsA recent episode of the popular show “Bar Resucue” featuring Jon Taffer should be a warning to business owners about how important it is to have properly drafted Florida corporate documents.

The season finale was about two friends who became business partners, and their friendship suffered as a result.

One of the turning points of the episode is when Jon Taffer found out that the second owner, who supposedly owned 15% of the business did not have any paperwork, specifically corporate documents, to show for it. This created a strong rift between the friends because there was no documentation for this deal.

In order to solve this problem, Jon Taffer had the main owner bring his lawyer in to draw up the paperwork.

This action shows two things:

  1. How important it is to have a written agreement between business partners
  2. You should have an attorney draft these corporate documents.

As a bar and business expert for over 30 years, Jon Taffer did not tell these owners to have the paperwork drawn up on a website or “discount service.” He insisted that an attorney be called in to draw up the documents.

 

Spring Cleaning For Your Business: Florida Corporation or Florida LLC

Florida Corporation or Florida LLCThere are many entrepreneurs who have multiple interest and, as a result, have multiple businesses or multiple aspects to their current business.

If you are an entrepreneur who is thinking about expanding your business into an additional area, then it may be a good idea to create a new company, whether it be a Florida Corporation or Florida LLC.

For example, you may want one entity for your real estate transactions and a separate entity for your retail sales.

If your business is domesticated in another state or country, and you are considering doing business in Florida, then you must register to do business with the State of Florida.

There are many factors when determining what type of business entity (Florida LLC, Florida Corporation, etc.) is best for your business, including asset protection, liability and more. If you are unsure that your business formation is the correct model for your business, then you should schedule a business planning meeting with a Florida business law attorney to discuss your options.

If you are interested in forming/incorporating your Florida Corporation or Florida LLC, or you would like to schedule a business planning meeting to discuss your options with our business law attorneys, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today.

Spring Business Cleaning: Florida Employment Contracts

Florida employment contractIf you have not done so already, then you may want to update the office policies and procedures of your Florida business for the year 2014. This includes having employees sign employee handbooks/Florida employment contract(s).

That’s right! A Florida employment contract or Florida employment agreement is a contract, and a very important one at that! It sets forth the responsibilities not only of your employees, but also for you as an employer. Like any contract, you should have your florida employment contract drafted and reviewed by a business law attorney.

Additionally, while contracts are on your “Spring Cleaning to-do list,” you should review what contracts you have coming to an end (Ex: vendors, clients, suppliers, etc.) and schedule time to speak to a Florida business law attorney before those contracts end.

If you are interested in “Spring Cleaning” the contracts for your company, or if you need a contract drafted or reviewed, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s Business Law and Contract Attorneys today. This can be especially valuable if you are a foreign individual conducting your business from overseas.

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.

Millennial Entrepreneurs are the Future of Florida Business

Millennial EntrepreneursMillennials, or adults who reached the age of 18 after the year 2000, have more money management skills than their grandparents, the baby-boomer generation, according to the 2014 Planning and Progress Study conducted by Harris Poll.

The poll said millennials and millennial entrepreneurs tend to be more proactive about planning and recognize the importance of saving and investing. Millennials are classified as disciplined, patient, and humble when it comes to their financial responsibilities.

Jacksonville University, a private university in Jacksonville, Florida, held its own version of the popular television show “Shark Tank” in an effort to encourage its students to become millennial entrepreneurs. There were 14 projects presented and the top student won $500.

These millennials will be the next wave of entrepreneurs, and many have already begun their ventures, whether that be an invention, a business idea, and more. New ways of funding, such as venture capitalism, family money, or personal savings are allowing these millennial entrepreneurs to start their businesses much younger than the generation before them.

If you are interested in starting a company in Florida, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s business law attorneys today.

Learn from CNBC’s “The Profit:” Have an Attorney Draft Your Florida Corporate Documents

Florida Corporate DocumentsAfter their appearance on CNBC’s new television show “The Profit,” featuring Marcus Lemonis, Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville, Florida made news due to the major fight between the business partners.

Disputes between business owners appears to be a common theme both on the show and in business in general, and many of these disputes could be solved through following the procedures outlined in the company’s  properly executed corporate documents.

In fact, the solution to the dispute in this case was found in the Shareholder’s Agreement.

Whether your Florida business partner is your spouse, child, friend, or simply an associate, it is vital to protect yourself and your business in case of such a “breakup.” One of the best ways to protect yourself and your business is through your Florida corporate documents. These include Articles of Organization for a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Articles of Incorporation for a Florida Corporation, and an Operating Agreement for both.

When properly drafted by a Business Law Attorney, these Florida corporate documents should outline the procedures of the company for almost all situations, especially the loss or gain of a member/owner of the company.

The mistake that many businesses make is trying to “save money” by using an attorney knock-off site or trying to draft these documents themselves. By doing this, the company usually ends up spending more money to correct the error than it would if the owners had the Florida corporate documents properly drafted and reviewed by a Florida business law attorney.

If you are starting a company or you need properly drafted Florida corporate documents, contact Boyer Law Firm’s business law attorneys 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

Florida Contracts: Types and Definition

Florida Contract AttorneyA Florida contract is an agreement between two or more parties, whether they are individuals, business entities, or non-profit entities. Due to this broad definition, there are infinitely many different kinds and types of contracts.

Having a Florida contract attorney draft your contract will ensure that you understand what you are signing and that at least some of the conditions of the contract are in your favor. By understanding what you are signing you understand your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the other party.

If either party fails to live up to these responsibilities, then a civil lawsuit for breach of contract can occur, which can be a very costly process, especially if you are the one who caused the breach of contract.

Some categories of contracts include:

Business Contracts

Partnership Agreements
Articles of Organization or Incorporation and Operating Agreements (Yes, these are contracts!)
Employment Agreements
Non-Compete Agreements

Real Estate

Purchase and Sale Agreement for Residential or Commercial Property
Commercial Lease Agreement

AND MANY MORE

You should always have an Attorney review your contracts, and don’t forget the Golden Rule:

NEVER SIGN SOMETHING YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!
CALL A FLORIDA CONTRACT ATTORNEY!

LLCs for Married Couples: Preventative Law

LLCs for Married Couples

The Florida Business Journals recently published an article about LLCs for married couples entitled “How to Divorce-Proof your Business.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we have started many corporations and LLCs for married couples and families, and our policies and procedures protect both the business and its members.

When you are creating a business, whether it be with a family member or not, it is important to protect yourself as an individual.

This can be done in different ways, depending on your specific situation.

The most common way is to have a business law attorney draft an Operating Agreement that outlines how units or shares of the company can be bought, sold, or traded. When your corporate documents are being drafted, it is important to really think about who is going to own what percentage of the company and what roles in the company those parties will play.

Additionally, you should create and maintain a separate corporate bank account, not only in the case of a disagreement, but also for asset protection purposes.

A prenuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement (after getting married) can also be a form of legally deciding who will maintain ownership of the company in the case of a divorce. These types of agreements are legally binding contracts and should be drafted and reviewed by an attorney before you sign them.

If you would like to create a Florida LLC or Corporation or have questions regarding asset protection in business formation, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s Business Law Attorneys today.

SCAM ALERT: JULIAN MARSHAL

ATTENTION! SCAM ALERT!

Our office has received two phone calls so far this afternoon regarding an email/letter from a Julian Marshal claiming to be the Senior Attorney for Boyer Law Firm.

Julian Marshal is not connected to our firm in ANY way, and as far as our attorneys are concerned, this letter is nothing but a scam.

DO NOT respond to this letter.

If you receive this letter or one similar to it, please contact our office at (904) 236-5317, (407) 574-2573, (305) 921-9665. You may also email a copy of the email/letter to our office.

If your correct Social Security Number was used in this email, PLEASE take the following steps to protect yourself from Identity Theft:

  1. Call your local police department to file a report and get a report number
  2. Call the Federal Trade Commission and follow the prompts regarding Identity Theft to file a Complaint. You will need the police report you filed for this step. 1-877-438-4338
  3. Call the Social Security Administration and file a report. They may or may not accept one, but they should. 1-800-772-1213

Keep an eye on your credit report

Number of Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs is Increasing

baby boomer entrepreneurSome Baby Boomers may be retiring from the workforce, but there is an increase in Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs.

The highest rate of entrepreneurship in the U.S. has shifted to people aged 55-64, according to a press release from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s office (FL).

“Today, we’re seeing more and more older entrepreneurs make a positive mark on our economy,” Nelson said. “As their numbers continue to rise, so too does our responsibility to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship, and ensure seniors receive the support they need to create successful start-ups.”

As with any other age group of entrepreneurs, it is important for you as a baby boomer entrepreneur to incorporate your business properly. If you are in the baby boomer age range, then you need to make sure your personal assets are protected not only for yourself, but also for your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones.

Additionally, if you are a foreign investor in the baby boomer age range, there are visa options for you and potentially your children, so contact Boyer Law Firm today to see how we can assist you.

U.S. Marriage Immigration: What Should We Do?

Falling in love and getting married is an exciting time, but if your spouse is an American Citizen and you are a foreign national, it can also be a very stressful time if you are trying to get a visa or become a permanent resident of the United States.

u.s. marriage immigrationThere are different options for fiancés and spouses of American Citizens, such as marriage visas, marriage adjustment petitions, and fiancé visas. It is beneficial to hire a U.S. Immigration Attorney to discuss the different U.S. marriage immigration options you have and to help you through the visa process.

The U.S. marriage immigration process, or the process for any type of immigration petition, can be a daunting task, especially with the added security measures that have been enacted. Although it is impossible to guarantee the acceptance of your immigration application, hiring an attorney will aide you with completing the paperwork properly, ensure that you are applying for the correct immigration status, and will increase your chances of success.

Some questions that our U.S. immigration attorneys will be able to answer are:

-          Should I get married in the U.S. or in another country?
-          Can my child come to the U.S. with me?
-          Should I apply for a different type of visa so I can be in the U.S. while applying for a marriage adjustment petition?
-          And more.

These questions require the legal analysis and advice of an experienced U.S. immigration attorney. If you are interested in a visa or would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your visa options, then contact Boyer Law Firm today.

SCAM ALERT: Businesses Do NOT File Annual Minutes!

SCAM Rubber StampBeware of this scam to fool business owners as it comes time to file their annual report! A company is sending business owners what looks like an official letter asking them to file their “Annual Minutes” for $125. These notices are not from the state or any other government agency.

Business owners are required to file their Annual REPORT, not their Annual MINUTES. The annual minutes should be kept by the business for its own records.

If you receive a letter asking you to file your annual minutes, ignore it or contact an attorney. If you have already received the letter and paid it, contact the State Attorney General’s office.

Wire Transfers for International Business

Wire Transfers for International Business Owning and running a Florida business from another country can be a daunting task, especially when you are just starting out.

Due to U.S. immigration issues, many of our clients will create and begin to build their business from another country, such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Argentina, Colombia, Canada,Turkey, etc., before applying for a U.S. Visa, such as a B-visa or E2 Visa, or Legal Permanent Residence, such as through an EB5 visa. When you are creating and investing in a business, there will inevitably be funds that need to be transferred between countries and accounts for bills and other various situations.

So how do you manage these large money transfers when you are an ocean away?

The first thing that most of the world uses, the IBAN system is not used in the U.S. Instead, the SWIFT method is how money is transferred internationally to the U.S.

The other aspect is that wires in the U.S. are not sent to a specific branch, i.e. 123 Main St., Miami but merely to the “main” bank. For Wells Fargo, its address is in San Francisco, SunTrust in Atlanta, Chase in New York, etc.

Major international business transactions are usually done via wire transfers. A wire transfer is the electronic transfer of funds from one person or institution to another. In most cases, wire transfers are done between institutions, namely banks, who charge a fee for this service.

When you make a wire transfer, it is important to preemptively research these fees, as they vary depending on the institution, location, and more. The best way to do this is to verify the fees with BOTH of the institutions you will be dealing with, i.e. the bank you are transferring the money from and the bank to which you are transferring the money. If you do not account for these fees when making a wire transfer, then your payment will be for a lesser amount than you intended.

Wire transfers are used for situations such as:

-          Purchasing Real Estate
-          Purchasing a Business
-          Transferring Funds into your U.S. Business Account or another U.S. Bank Account
-          Making a deposit into an Escrow Account
-          Making a payment to your attorney
-          Paying court fees
-          And more

Do I Need to Create A Florida LLC?

Florida LLC“Do I need to create a Florida LLC, or Corporation?”

If you conduct business in the State of Florida, then the answer is YES!

For over 100 years, corporations have been in existence, and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) have been in existence since 1982. Florida LLCs gained popularity in 1999 after the repeal of the Florida corporation income tax on LLC’s income and further government initiated tax breaks.

Issues involving taxes and asset protection are the main reason you should consult with a Florida Corporate Attorney when forming your business. A Florida Corporate Attorney will be able to explain the differences between the different types of companies and assess which type best fits your individual needs.

One of the principle purposes of creating a company is for asset protection. When you create a Florida LLC or Corporation, especially if you are a single-member Florida LLC, you should be separating your corporate assets from your personal assets, including real estate, cash, and other assets. This is creating what is called the “Corporate Veil.”

By separating your assets, you are limiting the ability of creditors to access your personal assets for debts owed by the company. These debts may include unpaid bills, Court judgments, liens, etc. If you do not properly separate your assets, then you risk the chance of never creating the “Corporate Veil” asset protection.