The Local Trend in Florida

Local trendThe “Local” trend is a new trend that is clearly thriving in Florida. If you travel down the main road in Jacksonville Beach, you will see signs that say things like “Eat Local” or “Shop Local.” These signs reflect the locals’ effort to maintain an atmosphere of supporting local businesses instead of large companies. In fact, you will not find a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville Beach, and the majority of the stores are small businesses owned by locals.

This Local trend is a trend of millennials and other young adults who prefer “mom-and-pop” shops to name brand stores; these consumers are usually also interested in organic and all-natural products.

This is good news for foreign investors who are interested in starting a business and applying for an investor’s visa because this retail market is one that is relatively easy to enter, and foreign investors can quickly been seen as locals if they live in the area.

If you are interested in starting a small business in Florida to capitalize on the Local trend, then contact Boyer Law Firm today. We can assist you both in the setup of your business as well as determining the best visa for which you qualify and assisting you through the immigration process.

Foreign Companies : L1 Visa or E2 Visa

L1 visa or E2 visaIf you own a business whose principal location is not in the United States and you want to open a U.S. branch or subsidiary, then you may qualify for one or more investor’s visa, such as an L1 visa or E2 visa.

There are different entity options for your U.S. branch, which should be discussed with an experienced international business law attorney. This is important because the entity structure you choose may have serious tax repercussions if it is not properly setup.

Foreign entrepreneurs who are thinking about applying for an investor’s visa should also meet with an experienced immigration attorney to determine which visa is best suited for them. It is important to properly choose between the L1 visa or E2 visa because they both have different requirements and benefits that should be considered.

It is best to contact an attorney at the very beginning of the process to ensure that you properly plan from the beginning.

Florida Probate Process: Do You Have a Plan?

Florida probate processWhen a loved one passes away, their Florida bank accounts and other assets in Florida must go through the Florida probate process, unless they are protected by an estate plan, such as if they are assets in a trust. This is one of the reasons that proper estate planning is so important.

If your loved one passed away in Florida, then the Florida probate process will be the principle probate matter. Ancillary probate matters may also need to be conducted by the Person Representative in other states or countries depending on where the assets of the estate are located.

If the deceased passed away in another state or country, then the assets in Florida will go through an ancillary probate process, and the distribution of those assets may be based on the jurisdiction of the location in which the deceased passed away, unless they had a proper estate plan in place for their Florida assets.

If the deceased owned a safe deposit box in Florida, then part of the probate process will often be for the personal representative to visit the bank with a court order to take an inventory of the safe deposit box. However, the bank will not allow anything to be removed from the safe deposit box (other than a will) until the probate process has been completed.

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today to see how we can assist you through the Florida probate process. There are different types of administration options that take different amounts of time. The process we use will be determined by the value of the assets of the estate of the deceased.

A Personal Representative must be represented by an attorney while administering an estate through the Florida probate process according to Florida Law.

Best Place to Live in Florida for Foreign Investors

Best place to live in Florida

When applying for an investor’s visa, you are taking on a lot of responsibilities, which is why it is important to find an experienced Florida immigration attorney to assist you through the process.

In addition to starting a brand new business and handling the legal aspects of immigration, investors are also often concerned about how the move will affect their spouse and children.

If you are applying for an investor’s visa, then your legal spouse and minor children can also obtain visas as beneficiaries.

According to Family Circle Magazine, the best place to raise a family in Florida is Weston, Florida. Weston consists of millionaires, retirees, beach bums, and immigrants alike. According to the article, Weston has a population of 66,053 and a median income of $97,162, which is far above the state average.

However, Weston is not the only great place in Florida to live and start a business; it is important to find the best place to live in Florida for you, your family, and your business.

Many of our clients who are interested in starting a business and moving to Florida often ask us where the best place to live in Florida is. This is a very subjective question, as it depends on your specific needs, but some things you should consider when making this decision are the type of business you will open, your family situation, and the market analysis of the area.

If you are interested in immigrating to Florida with your family, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today to see how we can assist you.

What Constitutes a Contract in Florida?

Contract in Florida

Contract disputes are very common in Florida civil litigation. Often, one of the first things the parties will dispute over is to whether or not a valid contract existed between them. In order for a legally binding contract to exist, there are certain conditions that must be met.

A contract in Florida does not exist unless there is an offer, acceptance of that offer, consideration, and mutual understanding. Additionally, a contract is not valid if the act it refers to is illegal or impossible. An example of an illegal contract would be one that involves fraud or the sale of illegal substances; an example of a contract that is impossible would be one that would require the parties to go back in time or to perform a ridiculous act, such as fly.

A contract can be in the form of a written or oral agreement. Although written agreements are always better, oral agreements can also be upheld in court. Written agreements can take many form, especially with the increase in technology. Email communications in which an agreement is made can be seen as a form of written contract. The same is true of text messages or Facebook communications.

If you are a party to a contract in Florida which has been breached by the other party, it is important to initiate suit before the Statute of Limitations expires, which in many cases could be only a year after the breach occurred. If you are unsure as to whether or not the other party has breached the contract, or if you are unsure as to your responsibilities under the contract, then contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today to see how we can assist you.

Once you have signed a contract, you are bound by the terms of that contract. An attorney can analyze the contract after it is signed and advise you of your rights and obligations, but they cannot change the contract at that point unless the other party agrees to amend the contract.

THE GOLDEN RULE: IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING, DO NOT SIGN IT AND CALL AN ATTORNEY.