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Jane Muir wins Florida Bar Most Productive Young Lawyer Award

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has chosen to honor Jane Muir with the 2015 Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award.[1] This award is given to a young lawyer who is not a member of the Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors, who has worked most diligently in the past year in Bar activities and/or law related public activities and who has an excellent reputation for legal abilities and integrity. The Read More

6 Things You Must Know About Copyrights and Street Art

Artist’s rights in their street art, whether commissioned or guerrilla, has been in the news with some frequency lately, largely due to suits against American Eagle and Terry Gilliam. The slippery nature of copyright law has left many wondering where to draw the line between taking a photograph with street art in the background and taking a photo that infringes on a copyright. Unfortunately, there are no easy Read More

Handling a Case Yourself

The Latin phrase pro se is used to refer to one who is handling his own case. I do not recommend this because it is very difficult, especially if your opposing party has a lawyer. Imagine walking into a boxing gym for the first time, taping your knuckles, and starting your first match against Mike Tyson. In court, it could feel just like getting knocked out if your opponent has a good lawyer. It has been said, by Read More

Choosing a Fee Arrangement with your Attorney

If you find yourself involved in a legal dispute, the first question you need to answer is whether to hire an attorney. We have created this infographic to help you decide whether to hire a lawyer for your matter. If you have reached the conclusion that you want to hire a lawyer, the next question is what arrangement would be best for you to work with a lawyer. You could hire an attorney on a contingency basis, hire Read More

How to deal with a bad tenant

It is hard to be a landlord in Miami with a bad tenant. Typical complaints can include failure to pay rent, destruction of the property, unauthorized pets, smoking, guests or subleases, and the list goes on and on. Here are some tips for dealing with your tenant to preserve your rights and your property. Be clear about your rights and responsibilities are as a landlord Have a lease agreement Your lease Read More

When do you need an NDA?

“NDA” stands for Non-Disclosure Agreement. (“NDA”) These agreements are also sometimes called Confidentiality Agreements, and they might even be one provision within an agreement that covers a the entire understanding between parties.[1] Whatever they are called or found, these agreements are basically contracts designed to define the consequences that you could impose if someone shared your secret information. You Read More

How to Negotiate a Contract

Plenty of clients call me or come to my office to tell me that they have made an agreement with someone and they want for me to write it up in a proper contract. I prepare the contract, send it to the other party’s attorney, and then both parties are stunned by the cost to finalize the contract. As with anything, there are many ways to successfully negotiate a contract. You can certainly shake hands with someone and Read More

Traffic ticket in Miami-Dade County?

What to do when you get a traffic ticket in Miami-Dade County Everyone hates getting a traffic ticket. When it happens in Miami-Dade County, you might end up getting a stack of tickets all in one traffic stop. Because twelve points on your license in twelve months will result in a suspension of your license, you probably do not want to just pay the ticket. Paying the ticket is an admission of your guilt, and will Read More

How to Deal with a Bad Landlord

It is hard to be a tenant in Florida with an unpleasant landlord. Typical complaints can include broken appliances, leaking, the mold that is inevitable when you have leaking and air conditioning, a refusal to return your security deposit, and the list goes on and on. Here are some tips for dealing with your landlord to preserve your rights, set your attorney up to win a case on your behalf, and live peacefully in Read More

Duties of Non-profit Board Membership

Non-profit organizations are frequently governed by board of directors. Directors for a non-profit are considered “fiduciaries.” A fiduciary is a person who owes to another a duty of “loyalty, civility, self-sacrifice, vocational excellence, and high standards of honesty.”[1] When non-profits are governed by a board, their acts typically require a board of directors approval and monitoring. Since non-profit board Read More