Will Your Company Survive the Death of Your Business Partner?

You started your own business to have full control over your finances and your future. However, if you attempt to pass on business assets in a personal estate plan, your authority could be gone in an instant, leaving your profits, employees, and reputation in the hands of the Florida probate courts. If you own part or all of a business, …

How Joe Biden’s Tax Proposals Could Affect Your Estate Plan

Every election year brings the potential for change, with new laws and proposals in the works before candidates even take office. This election is no different, and the proposed changes in the law are especially worrying for Florida residents with high net worth. Joe Biden’s tax plan proposes raising rates and lowering exemptions from the top down, with the highest …

The patch work needed on the intricate quilt that is Marriage Equality

Independence Day was a fun and food-filled reminder of how wonderful a country the United States is. The American experiment with a republican form (not party) of government that is based on equality before the law has resulted in a more advanced and egalitarian society than history has ever seen. No American or immigrant has come to this country to …

Maneuver Litigation: A Marines’ Approach to Dispute Resolution

From the courtroom to the boardroom, our goal at Yolofsky Law is to help clients achieve their goals quickly and efficiently. Trust, technology, and communication are the key fundamentals that enable our firm to successfully maneuver clients through legal disputes. Starting with the end in mind. Before a strategy for dispute resolution can be formed, we must begin with a full understanding …

Tips for Developing Business Emergency Plans

Friday nights are typically spent winding down the week by trying to organize the chaos of corralling small children. A bit to my surprise, my wife remarked, “there are police cars in front of the house, what’s going on?” True enough, when I looked out the window there were actually 4 police cars in the vicinity of the house – …

The Framework of a Deal

Donald Trump published a book many years ago titled “The Art of the Deal.” Dozens of articles are published every year about negotiating a better deal. This past week, the United States announced that a framework of a deal to restrict Iran’s ability to obtain nuclear weapons. However, the details still need to get worked out before June 30, 2015. …

The Dixie Win

Justice can sometimes move at a pace of major city rush hour traffic. However, courts do arrive at the correct decision when they are given a chance to apply the law. In April of 2015, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal released its decision in the case of Griffin Industries, Inc. v. Dixie Southland Corp. I was Dixie’s trial counsel and we …

Tom Brady, #Deflategate, and Lessons in Evidence

Recently, the sports world was abuzz with the findings of the Wells Report that Tom Brady was more likely than not to have had knowledge of the fact that official game balls were deflated to a point under the NFL’s minimum pressure. Brady emphatically denied knowing or participating in any type of cheating. Based on the conclusions of the Wells …

Choosing the Battlefield – Part I

Where to hold a legal event? The other day in court, I observed two lawyers arguing about where mediation should take place. The first lawyer, from a prestigious Florida law firm, argued that the mediation should not occur at the plaintiff’s office because the facilities there were not comfortable enough; therefore, it should be held at a court reporter’s office. …

Understanding the Difference Between Employees vs. Independent Contractors

Reduce Liability by Properly Classifying Independent Contractors Throughout the Art of War, Master Tzu often instructs that the leader must depend on the quality of the army in order to wage war. In business, the CEO must create a team that will execute the business’ tasks on the path to success. An old adage of entrepreneurship is to “only do …