Breach of contract

September 20th, 2021

Breach of Contract

When you enter into a contract with another party, you expect them to abide by its terms. If they don’t, then there could be a breach of contract and you might be entitled to compensation. At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we can guide you through the process of maximizing recovery for any losses and pursuing direct and indirect damages.

What is a Breach of Contract?

Breach of Contract

A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to comply with the terms of a contractual agreement, or when there is interference with the other party’s ability to fulfill the contract. Unfinished work, late payments, or failure to meet standards are some common examples that lead to frustration and financial harm.

At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we often represent shareholders and partners in litigation involving one or more partners. In closely held corporations, shareholders’ breaches of contract or fiduciary duties can also give rise to legal disputes between business partners.

Besides monetary awards, other forms of compensation can also be granted. Depending on the particulars of your case, the court may:

  • Require the other party to carry out their obligations under the contract
  • Serve an injunction against them

You might also receive restitution, which is when an offender gives you property equivalent to the value of your loss or a sum of money that fairly reflects the extent to which the breach harmed your business.

Contact a Breach of Contract Attorney in Florida Today

If you are a plaintiff or defendant in a breach of contract action, contact the Florida Small Business Legal Center today. Our goal is to resolve your legal dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that you can go back to making your business succeed. To schedule a consultation, call 1-866-842-5202.

Partnership Disputes

September 20th, 2021

Partnership Disputes

What should you do if you cannot resolve a dispute with your business partner? Should you litigate? Dissolve the partnership? These are hard questions with no easy answers.

A partnership dispute usually arises when the partners cannot agree on how to run the business. When they arise, you will need an experienced attorney to help protect your interests. At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we can assist you in resolving your partnership dispute and reaching a fair outcome.

With Partnership Disputes, It’s Important to Act Fast

If you are having a serious dispute with your business partner, you must act as soon as possible to protect your business and the equity interests that you have worked so hard to build. Your partner may also try to freeze you out if you don’t act quickly.

Attorney Rich Sierra and the team at the Florida Small Business Legal Center can assist you with partnership dispute matters like the following:

  • Claims for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraudulent use of funds
  • Interfering with a contract
  • Partnership dissolution
  • Disputes arising from divorce and probate

If you run into an issue not covered in your partnership agreement, or if there is no partnership agreement at all, you can still try to negotiate a solution. Negotiation means finding an outcome you can both live with, and we will fight to achieve the best result and keep your legal fees reasonable.

Mediation is another option for resolving disputes that could save you money. However, if these options don’t work, we can represent you in either arbitration or litigation, depending on the terms of your partnership agreement.

Facing a Partnership Dispute?
Get Legal Advice Now!

If you are having a serious dispute with your business partner, you must act as soon as possible to protect your business and the equity interests that you have worked so hard to create. Call the Florida Small Business Center at 1-866-842-5202.

Commercial Litigation

September 20th, 2021

Commercial Litigation

Florida businesses can find themselves in commercial litigation for several reasons, such as shareholder or owner disagreements, breach of contract, or disputes with suppliers or creditors. Business operations are often hindered by litigation, which is expensive, time-consuming, and distracting. In order to accomplish business goals, it is crucial to resolve disputes in the shortest time possible.

The experienced team at the Florida Small Business Legal Center have helped to resolve thousands of business disputes for our clients. Attorney Rich Sierra is an experienced negotiator who will try to reach a favorable result on your case without having to go to court. If necessary, he and his team can file the lawsuit in your behalf to enforce your contractual rights.

We Have the Experience and Resources
to Protect Your Interests

Experience and resources to protect your interests

Our firm provides legal representation and advice in the following areas of business litigation:

  • Business torts, such as fraud, nondisclosure, and misrepresentation
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights under trade secrets, licensing, and distribution agreements
  • Commercial lending and financing issues, including Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) disputes
  • Lease disputes involving equipment or real estate
  • Contractual claims against customers, vendors, or joint venture partners
  • Coverage disputes under commercial general liability policies

We also represent clients from outside of Florida who have been sued here or have a claim against a defendant residing in the state. When necessary, we will work with outside firms representing clients in Florida.

Commercial Litigation Services for
Florida Businesses

At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we have the legal acumen and business law experience to get to the heart of your dispute quickly and navigate through the personalities and issues involved to reach a solution that meets your goals. If you are involved in or facing commercial litigation, we invite you to contact us or call for a consultation at 1-866-842-5202.

Buying/Selling a Business

September 20th, 2021

Buying or Selling a Business

The process of buying or selling a business can be extremely complex and often requires the expertise of an experienced attorney. At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we have helped countless clients throughout the state with complex business ownership issues. We have assisted clients on both sides of a sale, so our knowledgeable advocates know how to protect your interests.

Why Work With the Florida Small Business Legal Center?

Work with the florida small business legal center

Buyers and sellers may feel tempted to save money by using online forms instead of hiring an attorney. This can lead to problems, however, as these documents often fail to cover key elements of your transaction, compromising your interests and costing you much time and money later on. Working with an attorney can result in a transaction that benefits both sides.

Attorney Rich Sierra and his team can handle all aspects of your business or franchise purchase or sale, including:

  • Preliminary negotiations
  • Due diligence to determine the viability of a business
  • Determining tax liabilities
  • Drafting key documents, including the Letter of Intent (LOI), Asset
  • Purchase Agreement or Stock Purchase Agreement that incorporates the terms of your business acquisition
  • Preparing the promissory note and Security Agreement if owner financing is involved in the transaction
  • Carrying out reviews prior to closing
  • Closing

Our goal is to make the selling or buying process as hassle-free as possible. We also work with Business Brokers in representing buyers or sellers in the transaction.

Simplify Your Transaction with the Florida
Small Business Legal Center

At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we always look out for your best interests when you are buying or selling a small business or a franchise. With years of experience and a track record of successful results, we can guide you through the transaction and ensure that your rights are protected. To schedule a consultation, call 1-866-842-5202.

Business Law

September 20th, 2021

Business Law

At the Florida Small Business Legal Center, we represent entrepreneurs and small business owners in a broad range of industries. Every day we assist clients in starting, growing, and/or buying/selling their companies by providing practical solutions and by acting as advisors and legal counsel.

We Serve Your Business Needs,
No Matter How Big or Small

We serve your business needs, no matter how big or small

Our practice focuses on business law in Florida. We represent entrepreneurs, startups, and both emerging and established small businesses in a variety of industries including professional services, food and beverage, Internet ventures, education, retail, advertising and the media.

Attorney Rich Sierra and his team provide legal services to clients in the areas of entity formation, real estate, employment, franchising, intellectual property, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and general business law. We can advise you on issues such as:

  • Business entity formation and capital structure
  • Negotiating and drafting shareholder agreements, operating agreements, and partnership agreements
  • Real estate matters, including leasing, purchasing, selling, developing, and financing
  • Protection of trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual properties
  • Agreements relating to non-disclosure, confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation

We are committed to helping you grow your business strategically and intelligently. Our legal expertise and experience can help you make informed decisions that turn out to be the right ones. Our legal systems and processes keep your company’s legal matters organized, up to date, and ready for more business. Let us help you succeed.

Speak to a Florida Business Lawyer Now

A business’s performance is affected by numerous factors, some of which can change in a moment whereas others need months of strategic planning. The Florida Small Business Legal Center can assist your small company at any stage of its lifecycle, from idea to implementation to final sale. To schedule a consultation, call 1-866-842-5202.

Franchise Law

September 20th, 2021

Franchise Law

Purchasing a franchise can be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. At the Florida Small Business Center, we use our extensive experience in Florida franchise law to give your new venture the best chance of succeeding. Our firm represents prospective and existing franchisees in all franchise-related matters.

Competent Representation for Florida
Franchisors and Franchisees

Competent representation for florida franchisors and franchisees

For those wanting to purchase a franchise, we recommend seeking legal advice to assist you with the process. As your legal advisors, we review the FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) and franchise agreement, negotiate terms with the franchisor, if necessary, and advise you of your obligations and rights under the franchise agreement.

If you have a successful business that you wish to franchise, we can assist you with the preparation of master franchise agreements and disclosure documents that can help you quickly expand in large territories. Once your franchise is established, we can help you update and file your disclosure documents.

Buying or selling a franchise is an exciting way to start or grow a business. However, the franchise laws and their associated documentation can be extremely complicated and are best navigated with help from an experienced business lawyer.
At the Florida Small Business Center, Our Goal Is To Help You SucceedTM, and we are prepared to assist you every step of the way. To schedule a consultation,call us at 1-866-842-5202.

Commercial Leases

September 20th, 2021

Commercial Leases

Your commercial lease is one of the most important documents that you’ll sign as a business owner. A lease is a long-term commitment, frequently accompanied by a personal guarantee that can open the business owner to personal liability. Don’t obligate your business to many years of contractual responsibilities without having a business lawyer assist you in reviewing and negotiating the lease.

How Can the Florida Small Business Center Help?

Commercial lease

As a general rule, a well-drafted commercial lease has been prepared by attorneys hired by the landlord to protect their interests. In these documents, the legal language can be very complicated, and you could be signing a blank check to the landlord if you’re not familiar with how to interpret the contents. By hiring an attorney to review and advise you on a commercial lease, you put yourself on an equal standing with the landlord.

When reviewing commercial leases, the Florida Small Business Center will identify all of the current and future charges that are included and take the time to explain these charges to you. Furthermore, we will negotiate the lease terms with the landlord to avoid unexpected and unreasonable charges and help you grow your business. Other services include:

  • Preliminary Ensuring that services, maintenance and repair, services guaranteed by the landlord are provided
  • Providing dispute resolution and litigation services arising from commercial lease disagreement
  • Renegotiating terms
  • Negotiating termination of a commercial lease

Commercial Lease Legal Services for
Florida Businesses

A commercial lease and the property associated with it can establish your corporate identity as well as the conditions and amenities you and your employees will enjoy going forward. Landlords in Florida are more aggressive in their negotiating approach, so you need a commercial lease attorney who can protect your interests and level the playing field. To learn more about what we can do for you, call 1-866-842-5202.

Corporate Counsel

September 20th, 2021

Corporate Counsel

Sometimes you need legal advice for your business, especially when considering a new venture or facing complications. While large Florida firms may turn to their in-house attorney for such guidance, it is not always practical for smaller companies to retain their own full-time legal counsel.

This is where the Florida Small Business Legal Center can help. Our corporate counsel team can-

  • Provide guidance and representation to companies without in-house legal staff
  • Support your in-house counsel as needed

The Right Legal Advice for Your Unique Situation

The right legal advice for your unique situation

The Florida Small Business Legal Center provides corporate counsel services to business owners seeking to grow and build value in their companies. Our practice regularly addresses a wide range of key business and legal issues faced by decision-makers in a variety of industries.

For a flat monthly fee, Attorney Rich Sierra can assist you with services such as:

  • General business consulting
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts
  • Development and modification of strategic business plans
  • Creating and updating corporate documents
  • Corporate governance
  • Employee contracts and new hire onboarding
  • Advice on capital-raising initiatives
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Mergers and acquisitions

We Can Start Your Business Off on the Right Foot

We can even help you get started! When forming or growing a business, it‘s important to consider your short and long-term goals, financial situation, and exit strategy in order to determine the best structure. After taking these factors into account, our firm will help you identify the right entity type as well as comply with the necessary corporate governance requirements.

Experienced Corporate Counsel When You Need It

The Florida Small Business Legal Center can assist you with significant business milestones and unexpected legal challenges. Our goal is to provide customized solutions for the complex legal needs of our clients, so when you work with us, you get guidance that’s specially-designed for your situation. To schedule a consultation to discuss your general counsel needs at 1-866-842-5202.

Electronic Discovery

September 20th, 2021

Electronic Discovery

While the vast majority of business owners never have to enter a courtroom, when they must – and this could happen for a number of reasons – preparation is essential to avoid pitfalls and to comply with complicated rules regarding evidence preservation and data production.

When facing a complex legal dispute, you need a sound and strategic plan for requesting and disclosing electronically stored information (ESI). The Florida Small Business Center has years of experience creating and carrying out electronic discovery (eDiscovery) plans for clients in a broad range of industries.

Electronic Discovery Services When You Need Them

Electronic discovery services when you need them

eDiscovery is one of the most critical and least understood phases of litigation. Issues related to search, spoliation, and withholding of evidence are increasingly complicated, but they now have a significant role in the litigation process. You want to work with a Florida business attorney who understands these constantly-evolving laws and knows how to apply them to protect your rights.

The Florida Small Business Center works with clients and their IT departments in the early stages of a dispute or investigation. We develop a custom plan to identify, review, and analyze documents with minimal disruption to your business.

We regularly assist clients with:

  • Retrieving archived information
  • Preparation of appropriate litigation hold documents
  • Confidentiality matters, trade secrets, and intellectual property management
  • Presenting electronic evidence during hearings and trials
  • Creating policies regarding the use of computers, the Internet, email, and other
  • electronic communication devices
  • Creating policies for creating, retaining, and destroying documents

Are You Facing Electronic Discovery?

The rate and complexity of technological advances make eDiscovery one of the most challenging parts of litigation and enforcement. The Florida Small Business Legal Center will help you deal with litigation effectively and find innovative solutions to challenging problems. To schedule a consultation, call us at 1-866-842-5202.

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