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December 2015 Archives

What can employers do to lower risk of discrimination suits?

Discrimination is a hot topic in any arena, from small businesses to corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations. As a business owner in Miami, Florida, you owe it to yourself to be proactive about eliminating the potential for this costly issue. Before you begin to address it, you may want to educate yourself on the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and other anti-discrimination legislation, as well as the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Florida state senator seeks to lower commercial real estate tax

Even though finding the capital to start a business in the United States can be challenging, fledgling businesses and companies that want to relocate to Miami, Florida, have an extra hurdle to cross. According to Building Owners and Managers Association International, a 6 percent tax is levied on commercial real estate leases in the state – an amount that may significantly raise the operating costs of a company.

Construction contract disputes: how they happen and steps to take

If you work in the construction industry, you know how incredibly complex the average building project is. So many different parties are involved, all with their own fields of expertise. Add to that the inevitable surprises in virtually every project -- weather and hidden pre-existing conditions being two of the biggest variables -- and you can almost count on there being a problem that must be resolved.

Tips on talking about estate planning with your family

Do you remember being dismissed from school for a long winter break, only to have that unsettling feeling creep in about homework that's due the first day back? You probably put it out of your mind for the first week, but there would come a point when you could no longer put off that term paper or science project -- usually the Sunday night before, which could end in panic and tears.

What is the difference between an employee and a contractor?

Whether you are just starting your own business or you are preparing to make some staffing changes, it is a good idea to evaluate the best type of worker to hire. According to the Small Business Administration, one primary factor is whether you will hire employees or independent contractors. When determining who will be performing job duties for you, considerations such as liability, taxes and control are affected by this decision.

Preparing a corporation for a sale

If you are planning to sell your corporation in Miami, Florida, there are some important tax matters you must consider. In fact, according to Forbes, if you do not take the time to prepare for these in advance, it could affect the sale contract, lowering potential profits and even creating serious limitations on who can make the purchase. Our goal at Welbaum Guernsey is to ensure that you have all the tools necessary to maximize the proceeds from a sale and avoid contract disputes.

When is a case tried in Complex Business Litigation Court?

If you own a company in Miami, Florida, and there is a chance that you will be involved in business litigation, the expense and time that the process will take may be of concern. Fortunately, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has a Complex Business Litigation Section, also known as Section 40, set up specifically to expedite some business litigation cases and ensure effective outcomes.

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