Florida Preventative Business Law

The best defense against a legal action is never to have the problem occur in the first place. Preventative business law action should be taken from the beginning in order to protect your business, and hiring a business law attorney as a business advisor is one of the best methods to ensure this.

Attorney Boyer has an american degree in business administration and is Board Certified as an Expert Specialist in International Law by the Florida Bar. By scheduling a business planning meeting with Attorney Boyer, he will go above and beyond a normal business consultation by discussing the specific needs of your business while offering potential solutions and other advice.

Our Florida Preventative Business Law Attorneys Handle the Following Areas:

  • Corporate structure
  • Document review
  • Contract review
  • Contract drafting
  • Regulations and laws that apply to the client
  • Contingency plans
  • Business process
  • Risk management
  • Products liability
  • Documentation and records policies
  • Hiring practices
  • Employment policies
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Ownership of real property
  • Review of contracts and forms
  • Contract procedures
  • Environmental issues
  • Reliable referrals, including CPAs, banks, Brokers, and other professionals

Don’t just run your business days-to-day without thinking about tomorrow. Consider an annual “legal check-up” for your business to ensure fewer legal problems and lower legal costs over time. In the long run, you will save your company’s precious resources, including time, money, and manpower.

Contact one of our preventative business law attorneys today to schedule a consultation!

Attorney-Client Privilege/ Confidentiality

One of the greatest benefits to hiring an attorney as your business advisor is Attorney-Client privilege. Attorneys have a legal and ethical responsibility to keep their clients’ information confidential.

Do not hesitate to contact us.

Just Because You Can… Should You?

Would you extract your own tooth? Or perform surgery on your own leg?

Shopping on amazon for things I don’t really need, I came across a few interesting items. Did you know amazon sells a surgical bone saw? Or a human rib spreader? Or dental extraction tools? Neither did I until now. And the reviews though! While it’s possible to save a little cash in performing surgery on yourself, is it really valuable? Your nerves and emotions prevent you from staying focused. Additionally, you don’t possess the skill or knowledge to perform serious professional work on yourself.

Along that same lines, should you handle your own legal affairs?

Similarly, the emotional aspect that exists when you are personally invested in a cause can cloud your judgment. Picture it: your partner takes all the profit out of the operating account, signs over all rights to the company to his shell corporation, then disappears. This is your baby, a business you have built from the ground up. Your partner was merely a passive investor and had no say-so in the business until you hit it big. Now he’s taking all your profits and your business?

You must take him to court and all you have is your basic knowledge of business law. You’re too emotion-driven in this fight to lead a serious discussion, much less pose a winning argument to the court. Will you be able to think clearly enough to object when needed? Can you focus enough to anticipate his arguments? Do you know the procedure or the statute well enough?

In addition to being emotionally charged, there are complex procedural requirements of which most people are unaware.

How to put items into evidence, correctly question a witness, or object to a question are all procedures that are learned in law school. If someone does not have the requisite knowledge to handle these topics, they will not be successful in getting their side of the story accurately heard in court. Because they are invested in the case personally, it is hard for them to logically and legally anticipate and defend opposing arguments. This is damaging and often leads to the demise of the case.

So, if you are like me and would not risk pulling your own tooth, I would recommend getting the advice of a sound attorney who has the training and experience to take you through the legal process. They have the knowledge, impartiality, and calm demeanor to take your case through to victory while you may be too saddled with emotions, lack of experience, and inability to see around your own point of view. So, as they say, don’t cut your nose off to spite your face!

Requirements to Import Food to Florida and the US

Your Company Must Be Legally Registered to Do Business

If you are starting a business to import food to Florida and the United States, or import other products, then it is important that your company be legally registered to do business in Florida and any other state in which you conduct business. An experienced Florida business law attorney will be able to assist you in setting up your company in Florida and provide you with legal advice as to the permits and other legal requirements to import food to Florida and the US.

Factors that Contribute to Importing Goods to the US

The regulations for imported food and products will depend on several factors, including:

  • The type of product
  • The country of origin
  • The value/ size of the shipment

FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a US Federal agency, enforces the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) along with other federal laws in order to protect consumers in the US. It is the agency’s duty to ensure that both imported and domestic products are safe, sanitary, and labeled according to US requirements, among other requirements. Imported food products are subject to inspection by the FDA at US ports of entry.

The producer from which the importer is obtaining the food, drugs, or cosmetics must be registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it is the importer’s duty to ensure this is the case. Additionally, the importer must provide the FDA with advanced notification of the importation.

What Taxes Am I Required To Pay for To Import Food and Goods?

Importers must pay all applicable Federal excise taxes and duties to U.S. Customs. In Florida, there are also applicable state taxes, and there may be applicable local taxes depending on where you are conducting business in Florida.

For more information on how to import food and goods to the US, contact Boyer Law Firm’s international business lawyers today.

Types of Business Entities

Incorporating a business in Florida will provide you with many advantages. The costs of doing business are low from a governmental and regulatory viewpoint. A business corporation is required to be registered in the State of Florida to “do business.”

The cost of registering with the State, as well as the yearly fees to maintain the registration, are virtually the same as having a Florida corporation.

  • Corporation: either a U.S. subsidiary or a U.S. branch of a non-U.S. corporation, S and C Corporations
    •    Limited Liability Company (LLC)
    •    Partnership: general, limited or limited liability partnership

Advantages of Corporations

Creating a corporation, instead of an LLC, has a lot of advantages such as the fact that, in general, the shareholders of a corporation are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation; the is no limit to the number of shareholders who need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and most small businesses can qualify for a status allowing the profits or losses to flow directly to the shareholders without being subject to double taxation.

Every Florida and non-Florida corporation must be registered to do business in Florida. Every corporation doing business in Florida must have a registered agent able to relay notice of lawsuits and other administrative actions. An attorney can be such an agent.

Penalties for not registering are a prohibition to bring a lawsuit in Florida and assessment of fines. However, the corporation can be sued in a Florida court.

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