This year, numerous laws went before the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives. However, only a fraction of those proposed laws were actually passed. Below are the Boyer Law Firm picks for the top 10 Florida laws that passed or failed in 2016.
10 FLORIDA LAWS THAT PASSED OR FAILED IN 2016
Bills that PASSED
1. Immigration KidCare: A bill that allows immigrants who have been lawfully residing in the United States less than 5 years to be insured under the state and federal KidCare program failed, but the measure is included in the budget implementation bill. Provides eligibility for optional payments for medical assistance & related services for certain lawfully residing children; clarifies that undocumented immigrants are excluded from eligibility for optional Medicaid payments or related services; provides appropriation.
2. School Choice: A bill that allows public school students to attend any school in the state that has space available and also allows high school athletes to transfer schools and have immediate eligibility, and more provisions, passed.
4. Holocaust Memorial: A bill that creates a Florida Holocaust Memorial on state Capitol grounds passed.
5. Alimony: A bill that creates new formulas for calculating alimony and that ends lifetime alimony payments and also sets the premise that children in divorce cases should spend half their time with each parent passed.
Bills that FAILED
6. Ride-Sharing Companies:Uber is here to stay! A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating or banning ride-sharing mobile apps (like Uber) and would set insurance requirements failed.
7. Standardized Testing: A bill that allows school districts and parents to choose alternative standardized tests for their students in lieu of the Florida Standards Assessments (the new FCAT).
9. Open Primaries: A bill that allows voters with no party affiliation to vote in the primaries, including races with write-in candidates, failed.
Boyer Law Firm is pleased to announce that it is now taking appointments for 2017 business planning sessions! The 2017 business planning appointments available to you may also be tax deductible if a payment is made on or before December 31, 2016.
Consider making a business planning appointment if you:
- are a Florida business owner needing a new company model or an opinion of operations,
- are planning to start a business in Florida in the next year or two,
- are a Florida company looking to downsize or increase in size within the next year,
- would like to discover any potential legal problems with your existing business,
- would like to create a Florida branch of your business,
- would like to transfer a foreign executive or other employee to a U.S. branch of a company, or
- would like to improve day-to-day and large scale aspects of your business concept or actual business
A business planning session can help accomplish these goals in a secure and professional manner.
At our exceptional business planning sessions, depending on your unique business, an experienced business law attorney will provide:
- Comprehensive legal business audit
- Comprehensive business checkup
- Business brainstorming
- A comprehensive list of non-legal services your business may need
- Access to our professional network of contacts, including banks, brokers, CPA’s, and other professionals you may need
An experienced business attorney is also able to discuss your unique legal issues to determine whether your issues even require a business planning session.
Our firm has had clients with a variety of situations which require a business plan. For example, many investor visas require a business plan as part of the immigration process. Also, entrepreneurs who wish to purchase a business would probably need business planning services combined with contract drafting and reviewing and real estate closing services.
Plus, get in this year to deduct expenses from your federal income taxes!
Participate in a business planning session by December 31 and the attorney’s fees paid will likely be tax-deductible for purposes of filing federal income taxes for the 2016 taxable year.
Not all attorney’s fees are tax-deductible, but many are. The 2016 tax deductible attorney’s fees generally include those that can be written off as a business expense. So, fees for services like business planning sessions, commercial litigation, and trademark research and rights acquisition are likely tax deductible.
You can even pre-pay attorney’s fees for 2017 calendar year and deduct those fees from your 2016 taxable year.
Some of our popular tax-deductible legal services include contract drafting and contract review, real estate closing for a commercial property or for a business that buys and sells residential real estate, business incorporation services, business tax preparation, and business immigration.
Business immigration includes filing and acquiring all necessary documents in order to move an employee or owner to the Unites States from abroad. Our office offers quick and accurate visa services.
Some services that are not tax-deductible include creating contracts or review contracts for an individual (unless that individual is a business owner/ sole proprietor), real estate closing for an individual, estate planning, probate, will drafting, individual tax preparation, and individual or family immigration matters.
Schedule a free initial consultation today to discuss your legal needs and determine whether your attorney’s fees would qualify as 2016 tax deductible attorney’s fees.
Don’t forget: Pay your attorney’s fees before December 31, 2016 to qualify for a tax deduction for the 2016 taxable year.
Next time you have a legal problem, hit the ground running with these questions to ask when hiring an attorney.
Does this attorney have experience helping clients with similar legal problems?
Unfortunately, many attorneys will take advantage of your good will and not tell you if they have limited experience in a certain field. At Boyer Law Firm, we are transparent about what areas we practice. Feel free to ask about your particular legal issue and what kind of positive results we have achieved for former clients.
How much does it cost?
A lot of clients shy away from this important question because they don’t want to appear cheap or offensive. Contrary to these popular notions, it is imperative you ask your attorney how much are their fees or whether they charge a flat rate. Also ask if the attorney offers any special fee arrangements.
The last thing you or your attorney want is to waste time working on a case only to find out you can’t agree on a price. Get this issue out of the way early, and don’t be shy about negotiating or asking about ways to lower your cost. It never hurts to ask.
Are the fees tax deductible?
It may come as a surprise, but many attorneys fees are tax deductible. Before you start ringing up your legal bill, ask if your attorney’s fees qualify.
Here are some popular tax-deductible services we offer:
- Contract review and contract drafting
- Real estate closing for a business
- Business planning sessions
- Immigration services for a company or business owner
If you have any questions about this article or would like to set up a free initial consultation, contact one of our experienced attorneys today!