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A Guide for Reopening with COVID-19 As government debates the timing of permitting business operations to reopen, while still seeking to protect the people from COVID-19 infection, so-called “non-essential” businesses need to consider how they can protect employees and customers. Just like a company can be held liable for injuries, there is likely risk of liability for viral infection. What separates an accident Read More

Small Business Options to Help S. Florida Businesses Survive Coronavirus

The Daily Business Review published an article by Jane Muir regarding Coronavirus relief options for small businesses. Since Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered “nonessential retail and commercial establishments” to be closed on March 19 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many predicted an economic impact. South Florida small businesses are already experiencing the effects. Some, like groceries, wine Read More

Coronavirus Claims and Contracts

If you have commercial liability insurance, it is possible that loss of revenue due to Coronavirus could be a covered loss. Michal Meiler, who is a member of Miami-Dade FAWL and an insurance coverage attorney with Ver Ploeg & Marino, gave a very detailed description of potential coverage options in our webinar on April 16. Jane Muir's portion of the presentation deals with excuses for non-performance on a Read More

Florida Lawyers Step Up to Assist Struggling Businesses

The Florida Bar News reported on the efforts of Jane Muir to assist businesses struggling with business interruption due to Coronavirus, which appeared on the front page of the April 14, 2020 edition of the newspaper. Florida lawyers are becoming a lifeline for businesses hoping to qualify for government aid in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami practitioner Jane Muir is keeping up with the latest state and Read More

Coronavirus Response – What You Need to Know

Jane Muir published an article in Miami's Community Newspapers. "Now that we are all “social-distancing” and trying to “flatten the curve,” we are starting to feel the effects of coronavirus isolation. Many of our local companies have been ordered to close, as “non-essential retail and commercial establishments.” Whether we are working from home, attempting to home school our children, or hoarding supplies, Read More

A Brief Overview of the Far Bar Contract 

Are you buying or selling real estate in Florida? If so, you have probably heard of the Far Bar contract.[1] This form is used throughout the state for real estate transactions. In fact, it is the most commonly used real estate contract in Florida. To understand what a Far Bar contract is, the first step is understanding that its name actually contains an acronym. “FAR” stands for the Florida Association of Realtors Read More

4 Tips for Responding to a Request for Proposal

When a company is interested in using your services or buying a commodity or asset from you, you will typically be presented with a Request for Proposal (RFP).[1] This document, as its name suggests, is used to solicit a proposal from you, often through a bidding process. Formal requests for proposals identify the goods or services requested, describe the qualifications sought in a provider, and establish a plan Read More

What Business Owners Should Know About Contracts of Adhesion

Business owners do not have the time to negotiate every line of every contract for every single deal, especially as their businesses grow and they gain more clients and customers. As a result, many choose to recycle their agreements with employees, vendors, or other third parties. These documents are also referred to as standard form contracts.[1] Standard Form Contracts Standard form contracts can be used in Read More

Injunctive Relief Explained

Injunctive relief is a technical term that means you have asked someone to stop doing something. Often, the egregious activity is something that causes you financial harm. Injunctive relief may sound very technical and complex, but it’s actually quite common. In fact, you’re probably very familiar with injunctive relief, you just don’t recognize it by that term. Here’s our explanation of injunctive relief and some Read More

4 Elements to Include in a Service Agreement

For a service provider, there are risks associated with beginning a new client relationship. If you take payment upfront, the client may demand more work than should be included in the price. If you wait to be paid after the work is provided, the client may refuse to pay. Owners of service businesses should notice this and realize that a Service Agreement can establish your rights and responsibilities extremely Read More