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Florida Commercial Real EstateTwo types of properties when it comes to Florida Real Estate are Residential and Commercial.

Residential real estate refers to properties intended for people to reside in, such as houses, apartments, etc. Commercial real estate refers to a building or land intended to generate profit from capital gain or rental income, such as a storefront, apartment complex, office building, mall, etc.

It is important to differentiate between these two types of real estate when hiring a Florida real estate attorney because the process of buying or renting these properties can be very different.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we concentrate on buying and selling both residential and commercial properties, and we handle commercial rentals and commercial landlord/tenant issues. We do not practice residential landlord tenant issues or assist tenants with residential leases.

If you are interested in purchasing a commercial property, then our commercial real estate attorneys can assist you with determining whether you should buy or rent the property. Commercial real estate transactions can be must more complex then residential real estate transactions, which is why it is important to hire a Florida commercial real estate attorney.

When renting a commercial property, it is important to have a Florida commercial real estate attorney review the lease agreement BEFORE you sign it. Remember, a lease agreement is a contract which can run up to 75 pages long! We have received many calls from people attempting to get out of a bad commercial lease agreement, and their issues could have been solved in a much easier and cost-efficient way if they had hired an attorney to review the lease before they signed it.

Our residential real estate attorneys can assist you in purchasing a Florida residential property in a quick and efficient manner. It is important to hire an experienced residential real estate attorney to assist you with the closing, including making sure the property has a clear title, which is done through a title search. If a proper title search is not performed on the property, then the buyer can potentially be stuck with many detrimental issues, such as these horror stories.

Contact our office today to see how our Florida real estate attorneys can assist you.

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SCAM ALERT: JULIAN MARSHAL

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Tags: Business Law in Florida | International Law

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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.

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As Florida Baby Boomers continue to age, there will inevitably be an increase in the amount of deaths in the United States, especially in Florida, where many baby boomers reside.

When a loved one dies, regardless of whether or not they have a will, the estate must go through a process called “probate,” with the exception of very rare cases.

Florida Baby Boomers and ProbateIf you have a family member who is a Florida baby boomer or older, then you need to start thinking about what you and your loved ones will do when they are gone, such as:

- Does your loved one have a will?
- Has your loved one appointed a personal representative for their estate?
-  Does your loved one own property in multiple states or countries? If so, each may have to be probated individually.
- Does your family have a trust that applies to the probate process

Many Florida baby boomers are “snowbirds” who are also residents of other countries or states, where they also own assets. In these cases, the decedent’s estate must be probated in more than one court.

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one who passed away in Florida, or possessed assets, such as a house, in Florida at the time of their death, then contact Boyer Law Firm today to see how our Florida probate attorneys can assist you.

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Can I get an Investor’s Visa if I Buy a House in Florida?Many people, especially Canadian residents, are under the impression that if they simply buy a house in Florida, they will qualify for a U.S. Investor’s visa, but this is generally not the case.

Although purchasing a house can be considered an investment in the common use of the word, U.S. Investor’s visas require the funds to be invested in a “bona-fide enterprise.” This investment should contribute to the American economy, meaning the enterprise must be an ongoing business.

One way to satisfy the investment requirements of an Investor’s visa could be by purchasing an apartment complex or office complex and renting out the units. If you choose to proceed in this direction, you will be required to form a company, invest in that company, and rent the units through that company. However, the business cannot be “marginal”, meaning it must provide more than just enough income on which the investor’s family can live. The business must also create jobs, which is often the most challenging aspect.

If you do not want to start a business in Florida, but you do want to purchase a house, then you do have other visa options.

If you would like to buy a house in Florida or a commercial property in Florida, believe that you qualify for an Investor’s visa, or need to discuss your visa options with an experienced immigration attorney, contact Boyer Law Firm, P.L. today.

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Tags: Business Law in Florida | U.S. Immigration

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