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Franchise Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can a Franchisee Sue a Franchisor for Item 19 Misrepresentations?

Item 19 disclosures are the disclosures that potential franchisees rely on the most when deciding whether to open a franchise. Thus, a franchisor needs to be careful to not make any overly robust financial presentations or promises. To begin with, a franchisor is not required to provide an answer to the most important question, “how much money can I make?”.

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Homestead Exemption
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can my Homestead Assessment Savings be Transferred from my old Property to my new Property?

Imagine being a homeowner in Florida, selling your home and not buying a new home until three years later. Did you know that you were most likely receiving property tax savings at your old property? And better yet, you could have transferred some or all of those savings to your new property if you had just filed a homestead portability application within two years.

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Business Litigation
Eric Gros-Dubois

How can I Report an Amazon Vendor if I am a Seller or Buyer?

Recently, stories have surfaced about consumers purchasing expired goods, broken products, and even counterfeit items. Additionally, some sellers are losing business to other sellers who market these fraudulent or defective items. Whether you are an Amazon buyer or seller, here’s how you can protect yourself.

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Tax Law
Niuris Bezanilla

Foreign Partnerships & Tax Form 8813

Under Internal Revenue Code “IRC” Section 1446, a partnership of this sort may be made up of any kind of foreign corporation, international organization, non-resident individual or foreign estate or trust. Any partnership that falls under the definition of 1446 must pay the required withheld taxes mandated by the IRS.

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Tax Law
Niuris Bezanilla

What do I do if I owe Money to the IRS?

If you have not filed your tax returns for years and now you owe lots of money to the IRS, there are ways to deal with this issue but the best advice is to contact a tax attorney so they can explain all of the different steps and hopefully lower some of the money you owe.

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Business Litigation
Eric Gros-Dubois

What Happens when you get Served?

Currently, there are two worlds operating at the same time and for some people they never overlap. I am talking about the legal world and the non-legal/real world. In the legal world courts are operating every day and most people are blissfully unaware of it. However, the legal world and the real-world intersect at the moment that individual walks up to you and says, “you’ve been served!”

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Real Estate Law
Niuris Bezanilla

Homestead Exemption v. JTWROS

In Florida, JTWROS means that the full title to property goes to the owner that survives.  The “survivor” of the joint owner automatically owns 100% of the asset when the other joint owner passes away.

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Tax Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Do you have to file Form 5471?

Form 5471, is an informational return that reports activity of foreign corporations in which certain U.S. citizens or residents, who are officers, directors, or shareholders of a certain foreign corporation are required to file. The term “certain” leaves room for interpretation, which is why it is important to consult a tax attorney who understand the different categories of fillers the IRS provides.

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Tax Law
Niuris Bezanilla

What is the 2025 Tax Sunset?

President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into law on December 22, 2017, which brought many changes to the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).  The changes made have affected many taxpayers in different ways. 

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Real Estate Law
Oscar Gomez

Residential Security Deposit Laws in Florida

Florida statute provides that a landlord is to refund the full amount of the security deposit, minus any findings of property damage or other incidentals, within 15 days after the tenants move out of the residence.

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Intellectual Property Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What is the Nice Agreement?

With a total of 45 individual classes, the Nice Agreement establishes international classifications of trademarking goods and services.

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Intellectual Property Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can You Trademark a Sound?

An individual may apply to register a sound with the USPTO, but the federal courts have held that the sound must be “so inherently different or distinctive that it attaches to the subliminal mind of the listener, to be awakened when heard, and to be associated with the source or event.”

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