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Why We All Must Care About The Law

Why We All Must Care About the Law By: Sherri K. DeWitt, Esquire DeWitt Law Firm, P.A. Our legal system is fundamental to the freedoms we enjoy. These freedoms are set forth in our state and federal constitutions, statutes and common laws. The legislature passes statutes or makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the law, and the courts interpret them. The court’s interpretations of the law can have a significant impact on our rights and freedoms. An employee, for instance, may be sued for violating a non-compete agreement. The Florida Legislature has passed and amended numerous laws regarding non-compete agreements. The courts have...

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Deciding On The Best Business Entity

The choices for business entities are expanding, often making it confusing to decide what kind of business entity is right for you. The choices include: Sole Proprietorship, Corporation, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, along with numerous choices for structuring these entities. An informed decision of which entity is best for your business involves an evaluation of numerous legal as well as other factors. You may know, for instance, that a corporation affords your business certain protections from liability which you would not have as a sole proprietorship. To take advantage of this protection, it is necessary to maintain...

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How to Anticipate and Avoid Life’s Legal Problems

How to Anticipate and Avoid Life's Legal Problems By: Sherri K. DeWitt, Esquire DeWitt Law Firm, P.A. Before I went to Law School I had a career teaching at the University level. It was relatively calm, secure, and structured. You would think that would be comforting. However, it was not. I always wondered what would happen if I had to deal with some real life problems, outside of the Ivory Tower. In my bones I knew that someday I would have to face the practicalities and legalities of life's problems to come. The certainty that one day I would have to face these problems...

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What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage

FORECLOSURE: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR MORTGAGE Before Foreclosure It is important to be proactive when faced with financial hardship. A little advanced planning often can avoid a more difficult situation later. The options available for avoiding foreclosure are more likely to be successful the earlier you decide on a course of action and put it into place. Some recommendations include: 1. applying for a loan modification 2. Putting your house on the market. 3. talking to your lender about a deed in lieu of foreclosure 4. requesting pre-suit mediation. A. Loan Modification When you apply for a loan modification can...

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How To Avoid Losing Your Property In a Tax Deed Sale

INVESTORS BEWARE: HOW TO AVOID LOSING YOUR PROPERTY IN A TAX DEED SALE Many landowners who purchased real property during the years when real estate was the investment of choice are failing to pay the real estate taxes on those properties and are losing them at tax deed sales. Investors may forget about the payment of taxes on these properties and may not receive notice of tax deed sales. This is because notices of past due taxes are often sent to the property address. The property may be vacant land or may be occupied by tenants who do not forward these...

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