Can Florida Employers Force an Employee to Sign a Noncompete Clause?

Noncompete clauses have received significant attention in recent months. Employers use these as a means to protect trade secrets and keep employees from negotiating with competitors. Employees agree to these clauses, often in exchange for stronger roles, pay, and benefits. With the FTC’s proposed rule to ban noncompete clauses and a bipartisan bill considering the same, some believe these clauses could soon be a Read More

Any Business Partner Facing Litigation Should Take This Step First

Business partnership disputes happen. We never enter into an agreement or relationship hoping it ever reaches that point, but people make mistakes and change their minds all the time. This can lead to rifts between business partners that eventually lead to litigation. As a business partner in a Florida limited liability company (LLC), understanding your rights prepares you for the possibility of litigation down the Read More

What Types of Contracts Must Be In Writing?

People are often surprised to find out that an oral contract can be legally enforceable, as we discussed earlier this month. In simple terms, the agreements can be enforced if both parties fully understand and agree to the terms – but there are exceptions. In Florida, there are some types of contracts that must be in writing in order to be legally enforceable. Aligning your agreements with the standards we discuss Read More

Do Oral Contracts Have Legal Standing in Florida Businesses?

When starting a Florida business, it makes sense to get all the important details down in writing. This cuts out the gray area and provides peace of mind to business partners as they focus on growing what they’ve built. But, what about situations where businesses or business partners have not put pen to paper regarding certain business matters? There have been conversations and handshake agreements, but are those Read More

How Florida Business Owners Can Protect Their Business Without Non-compete Clauses

At Bryant Taylor Law, we are putting an emphasis on the potential nationwide elimination of non-compete clauses this month. The changes would eliminate all future and current non-compete clauses. This change would limit the ability of businesses to protect certain internal practices, procedures, and information, but there are still legal avenues to do this even without non-compete clauses. Certain aspects of your Read More

What the FTC’s Proposed Noncompete Ban Means for Existing Contracts

Florida business owners may soon face a crossroads when it comes to retaining employees through the use of noncompete clauses or terms that operate in the same spirit of noncompete clauses. With the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposing a rule, there may soon be a mass exodus of employees who are seeking other employment with your competition or who are attempting to leverage this change for higher wages or more Read More

Florida Businesses May Soon Lose Access to Non-compete Clauses

Business owners in Florida often use noncompete clauses to ensure their best and brightest employees don’t walk over to competing businesses, taking important information and practices with them. These clauses are a tool to secure the long-term success of your organization. These contractual agreements, however, may soon be null and void. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing a new rule that would ban Read More

How Should Florida Landlords Handle Abandoned Property?

Investing in Florida rental properties can provide you with a second source of income or even allow you to build a portfolio large enough to become a full-time landlord. Keeping a steady flow of income means keeping your properties occupied, though. The process of turning over a property from one tenant to the next will take some time, but the actions of the former tenant may impact what this looks like. Cleaning Read More

What Not to Do When Evicting a Tenant

The eviction process in Florida requires landlords to be diligent and attentive to the law. In our previous blog, we discussed the eviction process in the Sunshine State that must be followed to avoid litigation and liability. Following Florida Statute 83.56(2) will protect Florida landlords during the eviction process. Statute 83.241 addresses the actual process of evicting a tenant. The statute says “After entry of Read More

How to Properly Evict a Tenant in Florida

As we’ve discussed recently, tensions between landlords and tenants have grown in recent years. Those tensions have put a strain on many aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship, including the eviction process. Evicting tenants has always been a contentious issue, so regardless of where that relationship stands, it remains important to go through the proper channels to evict a tenant. Protecting your Florida real Read More