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EPGD Law Transactional
Transactional
Eric Gros-Dubois

What is the Doctrine of Frustration in Contract Law?

Frustration of purpose is a doctrine in contract law that provides a defense to the enforcement of a contract. The doctrine of frustration is usually invoked when either party has been substantially inconvenienced by an unforeseeable event, whereby that inconvenience has caused the contract to become impossible to perform or has undermined the initial justification of entering into the contract in the first place.

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EPGD Law Tax Law
Tax Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Who Does the SEC Oversee?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is an independent government agency created to regulate corporate securities while maintaining fair market practices. The SEC is commanded by a five-member commission who act cooperatively to enforce the rules and regulations that make up the securities market.  Their authority is derived from the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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EPGD Law SEC
Tax Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What is the Purpose of the SEC?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is a governmental agency that serves the purpose of protecting investors from fraud and maintaining fairness and efficiency of the U.S. market. One of the main goals of the SEC is to mandate disclosures about all kinds of investments to both small and big businesses.

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EPGD Law HIPAA
Employment Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What Is HIPAA?

The HIPAA stands for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This federal Act protects the privacy of patient information from third parties. Therefore, most healthcare providers such as healthcare insurance companies, hospitals, etc. can only disclose patient information in cases when the HIPAA allows the disclosure. Under the HIPAA, apart from disclosing the patient’s information for treatment purposes, only “the minimum necessary to accomplish the purpose of the disclosure” can be revealed.

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EPGD Law Estate Planning
Trusts & Estates
Niuris Bezanilla

How do I Donate my Organs as part of my Estate Plan?

When preparing your estate plan, not only can you provide directives as to the administration of your estate, but you can also give instructions as to what will happen to your body after you pass away. Providing such instructions yourself would save your family from conflict over what should be done with your body and how you would have wanted to be buried. 

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EPGD Law COVID
COVID-19
Eric Gros-Dubois

Rehiring Furloughed Employees Post-Covid-19

A furlough is a temporary, unpaid leave of absence, with an expectation that an employee will return to his or her job at a specific time. A furlough could also include reduced hours of work or work weeks. Ultimately, a furloughed employee remains an employee.

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EPGD Law Class Action
Business Litigation
Eric Gros-Dubois

Securities Class Action Lawsuits

A securities class action lawsuit is filed by investors who have bought or sold a company’s publicly traded securities within a class period and have suffered economic injury as a result of violations of securities laws.

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EPGD Law Adult Exploitation
Family Law
Niuris Bezanilla

Adult Protective Services in Florida

The Adult Protective Services in Florida are part of the Florida Department of Children and Families. You can report adult exploitation online at https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/ or by calling their hotline at 1-800-962-2873.

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EPGD Law Accredited Investors
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What are Accredited Investors and what is a Private Placement Memorandum?

The reason for such disclosures is to protect the company in the event things fall apart and the investors try to sue the company for securities fraud for example. Such disclosures will be used as the company’s defense. One of the best ways to provide such disclosures is through a document called a Private Placement Memorandum (aka PPM).

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EPGD Law Class Action
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Consumer Class Action Lawsuits

In a class action lawsuit, only one lawsuit is filed on behalf of an entire group of injured parties. Very often, for example, such lawsuits unite many individuals and go after a large company that has produced defective products that have causes injury or loss to every individual member of the class action lawsuit. The settlement that such a lawsuit results in is typically divided between all of the individual plaintiffs.

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EPGD Law Business Dispute
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Enforcement Against a Personal Guarantor (Part 1)

A personal guarantee is an individual or business entity that guarantees responsibility for another’s financial obligation, should they ever fail to repay their lender. Personal guarantee’s usually come in when securing a debt for a loan such as a car finance or mortgage, but the guarantor is not contractually liable for any part of the loan unless the debtor fails to make a payment.

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EPGD Law Business Dispute
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Enforcement Against a Personal Guarantor (Part 2)

If a personal guarantor does not respond to the lender’s demand, the lender has two options to choose from in order to collect the debt. First, the lender can file suit against the personal guarantor and second – he can petition a court for the personal guarantor’s bankruptcy. 

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EPGD Law COVID
COVID-19
Silvino Diaz

What are Business Interruption Claims?

Business Interruption Insurance Coverage is triggered when a disaster causes a suspension or reduction in business operations. This insurance is intended to restore the insured back to the position it would have been in had operations continued as expected, by covering the expenses and income loss incurred.

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EPGD Law Privacy Law
Privacy Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Can you Delete a Photo of You From the Internet?

Deleting all the information about yourself on the Internet can be a long and tedious task. This would in large depend on the level of popularity the person wanting to erase himself online enjoys as well as his level of activity on the Internet.

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EPGD Law Private Adjudication
Business Litigation
Oscar Gomez

What is Private Adjudication in Florida?

Private adjudication provides the parties in a civil lawsuit two alternatives to court: (1) voluntary trial resolution (VTR) or (2) voluntary binding arbitration. These alternatives grant the parties of a lawsuit a path that avoids the traditional court litigation route.

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EPGD Law COVID
COVID-19
Silvino Diaz

Employment Standards During Covid-19

The OSHA wants to ensure certain safety measures in a working environment, yet, also want to make certain that an employee is asserting an issue or concern in good faith. If your employer fails to implement proper guidelines or does not take reasonable steps to safeguard your well-being, then the law offers you, as an employee, the right to refuse to come into your workplace, until the imminent fear is no longer apparent.

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EPGD Law Litigation
Business Litigation
Silvino Diaz

COVID-19: How to Conduct Remote Depositions

Covid-19 has forced many industries to adjust their business operations so that they can comply with the distancing needed. The legal industry is not unlike others, as they have put efforts to make all court hearings virtual or over the phone. One of the many procedures that have made this change is the taking of a witness’ depositions. It is important that even attorneys with years of experience take the following factors into consideration when conducting a virtual deposition.

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EPGD Law Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy
Eric Gros-Dubois

Are Credit Card Surcharges Legal in Florida?

Florida law currently prohibits a seller from imposing a surcharge on any buyer who elects to use a credit card. However, a federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals case in 2015, decided on the merits that Florida law prohibiting a merchant from imposing surcharge fees was unconstitutional because it regulated commercial free-speech rights. Similarly, in a U.S Supreme Court case in 2017, the court struck down a New York law that did the same. As our state law continues to stand, federal case law has since overruled the prohibition of seller surcharges.

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EPGD Law Real Estate Law
Real Estate Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Landlord Remedies in Florida: Distress Writs

A landlord in a commercial or residential landlord-tenant relationship may enforce remedial acts against a tenant and the leased premises, in the event of default or breach. Upon a landlord deciding to evict his or her tenant, a distress writ may be obtained to substantially protect the landlords needs. Among this remedial measure, a landlord has the ability to receive a distress writ issued by the Clerk of Court, which authorizes the landlord to essentially put a lien on the tenant’s assets at the rental premises when he or she owes rent.

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EPGD Law Fiduciary Duty
Trusts & Estates
Niuris Bezanilla

What Are Fiduciary Duties and Responsibilities of a Trustee?

Naming a trustee to administer your trust is an important decision that should be afforded thoughtful consideration. One should consider the proposed individual’s qualifications, ability, professionalism, and ethics. Equally important is the decision to accept appointment as trustee of another’s trust.  Oftentimes, a trusteeship is accepted without prior knowledge of the duties and responsibilities involved. 

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