Friday, September 27, 2013

Marijuana, The Most Minor Of All Drug Charges

Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia Could Cost You $1,000.

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If you've been arrested or believe you are about to be arrested for any type of drug related charges it is important to know what you might be facing. You can be arrested for not only the possession of drugs but also possession of drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia could include smoking masks, freebase kits for cocaine, grow kits for cannabis/marijuana, roach clips and more.

If you have been apprehended with even a minimal amount of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, molly, or any other illegal or prescription drug, call The Law Offices of Eric A. Kay, P.A., immediately. How you are charged in Florida when you are found to be in possession of illegal substances is a largely discretionary call by the prosecution. Getting an attorney that is experienced in the defense of drug-related crimes immediately is crucial.

When you are arrested for a crime involving drugs in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach area, important things that may adversely affect your future are happening right away. Once an officer books you, the evidence and reports are transmitted to the Case Filing Unit for the prosecutor's office in the county in which you were arrested. The local case filing attorneys look over the reports, evidence, and other items, and decide what charges to file against you. What the officers arrest you for determines your bond amount but are merely suggestions that the prosecutor's office is free to accept or reject. A case filing attorney may file the charges as presented by the officer, elect to file different charges, or file no charges at all.

While the above is true for all South Florida criminal cases, this process becomes especially important in the context of drug cases. In Florida, if you are arrested with an extremely small quantity of illegal drugs, you will generally be charged with simple possession of that contraband substance. If you are arrested with a very large quantity of illegal drugs, that is all the State of Florida needs to charge you with the crime of Drug Trafficking, a charge that in most cases is punishable by a sentence of up to 30 years in Florida State Prison, with minimum mandatory sentences of up to 25 years.

In the hugely common middle ground however, where an individual is caught with a moderate amount of an illegal drugs, that same person may be charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felony with accusations of intent to distribute the substance. The range in penalties range from as little as a maximum of 364 days in jail, to as much as 15 years in Florida State Prison. How a case is filed has far reaching effects on what punishments are available to the state, and what resolutions may be available to you.

The following information about what the Florida drug law are, can be found on ehow.com.

What Are the Drug Laws for Florida?



Receiving a drug possession or trafficking charge in the state of Florida can be a life changing experience. Having a good defense attorney remains a vital tool when attempting to get a drug charge dropped in court. Knowing your constitutional rights can prevent a police officer from performing an illegal search or seizure.

Drug laws in Florida range from first-degree misdemeanors to first degree felonies.

Marijuana

Possession of marijuana remains the most minor of all drug charges in the state of Florida. A marijuana possession conviction in the state of Florida remains on the defendant's permanent record, which can make future employment quite difficult. Possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana in Florida, considered a first-degree misdemeanor, entails a penalty of up to a year in jail. The first-degree misdemeanor also carries a $1,000 fine. Possessing over 20 grams of marijuana can land the defendant in jail for up to five years with a $5,000 fine. Drug trafficking charges, also known as having intent to sell, have much harsher punishments than simple possession. Being caught with 2,000 pounds of marijuana in the state of Florida has a maximum sentence of seven years in prison with a fine of $50,000.  

Controlled Substance

Possessing a controlled substance in Florida has a much harsher penalty than possessing marijuana. Heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy are all considered controlled substances. Possessing a controlled substance has an automatic sentence of a third-degree felony. A third-degree felony can land the defendant in jail for up to five years with a maximum fine of $5,000. Being caught with more than 10 grams of heroin, considered a first-degree felony, has a maximum prison sentence of 30 years with a fine of $10,000. A trafficking conviction in the state of Florida that involves more than 28 grams of heroin has a minimum prison sentence of 25 years.

Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia refers to articles related to the consumption of drugs. Paraphernalia can include smoking devices such as bongs and pipes. Paraphernalia also involves scales used to weigh out drugs as well as containers used to house drugs. A drug paraphernalia conviction, deemed a first-degree misdemeanor, carries a maximum jail sentence of a year and a fine of up to $1,000. Advertising for drug paraphernalia has the same penalty as possessing it.

If you are looking for a criminal lawyer or need defence for drug charges contact the Law Offices of Eric A Kay. They will easily and immediately determine your options and likely costs. The first consultation is absolutely free. Stop worrying about your rights, duties, potential losses, or justice due to you. One phone call will clarify your legal position.

Miami:
The Law Offices of Eric A. Kay, P.A.
123 S.E. 3rd Ave #252
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (954) 330-8994
Ft. Lauderdale:
12 SE 7th St. Suite 707
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 764-7373
 
 
 


 
 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How To Find The Best Divorce Lawyer For You

What Is The Cost Of A Divorce?

 
Divorce is one of the most stressful, painful, emotionally debilitating and dehumanizing experiences most adults will ever suffer. At The Law Offices of Eric A Kay, our mission is to provide you with the kind of representation that will minimize the toxic effects of the divorce on everyone affected:  you, your children, other family, and friends.

The top two concerns in getting a divorce are child custody issues and the cost of the divorce. Clearly you need the right lawyer to ease your fears. Many women have turned to the Internet to find a lawyer, and for good reason. One can research many lawyers in a short amount of time, lawyer reviews are available, and one can do it in the privacy of their home.

The following article from Forbes shares some interesting information about divorce trends. Click here for the full article.

Jeff Landers, Contributor

9/10/2013 @ 10:47AM |727 views
Two Divorce Trends Identified In The Legal Marketplace

Here are the results:

What concerns people about the divorce process?
The quick answer is that people are very, very concerned about how much a divorce is going to cost them.
Of survey respondents without children, 58% reported to Avvo that cost is the single most pressing concern about the divorce process (division of property ranked second, at 42%). Most people with children reported child custody issues as their major concern, followed by the cost of getting divorced.
The average cost of a divorce in the United States has reportedly reached $15,000. While that amount represents a bigger worry for some people than others, Avvo found that concerns about cost in general spanned all income levels. As you can imagine, financially complex divorces often cost significantly more than the national average.




How do people facing divorce find an attorney?
Avvo found that while recommendations from friends and family are still a huge driving force in the attorney selection process, more and more people are finding their attorneys online. Interestingly, Avvo reports that 72% of survey respondents who found their divorce attorneys online are women, 49% have children and half are under age 44. It’s no surprise that 72% also report themselves to be active online shoppers.

(Based on these results, I expect attorneys who want to reach busy, internet-savvy women to step up their online presence, if they haven’t already.)


What does this information mean for you?
As soon as you have any inkling that divorce might be in your future, it is wise to begin setting money aside to hire the professional help you will need. (One way to approach that is to maintain a secret fund in case you divorce.)

Making sure you have good credit established in your own name is another critical step. If you haven’t done so already, please take care of that as soon as possible. It can be difficult to obtain credit cards as a newly single woman with no recent work history.
 
 If you are looking for a divorce attorney in Maimi contact the Law Offices of Eric A Kay.
When you call the Law Offices of Eric A. Kay P.A., we will give you FREE consultation on
your situation. We provide advocacy that focuses on reaching an amicable resolution as quickly
and cost-effectively as possible.  The longer a divorce or paternity action lasts, the higher the costs,
both emotionally and financially.  Most of our clients settle their cases far before a trial becomes
necessary.

Miami:
The Law Offices Of Eric A. Kay, P.A.
123 S.E. 3rd Ave #252
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (954) 330-8994
Ft. Lauderdale:
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 764-7373

Friday, September 20, 2013

Random Drug Testing, Florida

Who Can Legally Be Tested?

 
For years the state of Florida has been in battling the constitutionality of random drug testing for state employees.   Another move has been made in this chess match between Governor Scott and the courts, this week, as U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro refused to delay further proceedings in the case while the state appeals. Scott plans to take his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.  There has been another hearing set for October but this does not look like it will end anytime soon. 
 
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The law states that any state employee could be randomly subjected to a drug test every three
months.  Is it legal for the state to randomly test all state workers? It has been established that employees with "safety sensitive" job can be tested.  Yet, there is even a battle over what jobs are and are not "safety sensitive".  There are also issues about weather or not an agency should be allowed to terminate an employee for a first-offense, and the cost to implement it.
 
Your move Governor.
 
If you are looking for a criminal lawyer or need defence for drug charges contact the Law Offices of Eric A Kay. They will easily and immediately determine your options and likely costs.  The first consultation is absolutely free. Stop worrying about your rights, duties, potential losses, or justice due to you. One phone call will clarify your legal position.

Miami:
The Law Offices of Eric A. Kay, P.A.
123 S.E. 3rd Ave #252
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (954) 330-8994
Ft. Lauderdale:
12 SE 7th St. Suite 707
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 764-7373
 
 
Read more about random drug testing for state employees in the following article from myfoxdc.com.

Governor Scott wants to take fight for drug testing to U.S. Supreme Court


MIAMI (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott intends to take his fight for random drug tests of tens of thousands of state employees all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a lawyer for the Republican governor told a federal judge Thursday.

But Charles Trippe, who was previously Scott's general counsel and is now in private practice, could not persuade U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro to delay further proceedings in the case while the state appeals. Ungaro said she did not want to become "a political tool" in the controversial issue -- and she also said Scott has "probably about zero" chance of winning a Supreme Court case.
"I just don't think it has likelihood of success," said Ungaro, who previously declared Scott's January 2011 drug-testing executive order an unconstitutional violation of the workers' privacy rights.
The case affecting some 85,000 state employees as well as many job applicants is back before Ungaro because the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded her April 2012 ruling in was too broad. The appeals court said in May of this year that some workers can legitimately be tested -- such as those in law enforcement and sensitive safety jobs -- and Ungaro planned to appoint a special master to come up with a proposed list of those positions.

Trippe wanted Ungaro to delay that exhaustive process so the governor can pursue the Supreme Court appeal, which would likely push the case well into election-year 2014. But Ungaro would not issue that order Thursday, even though an attorney for the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees did not object.

"How are you going to avoid it? Do we hope the governor will be voted out of office?" Ungaro said of the legal case. "Is this the idea, keep the ball up in the air, pray he is not re-elected?"
The judge said she would not delay the case unless Scott agreed to scrap the executive order should the Supreme Court decline to review it.

"I certainly can't say that," Trippe replied.

The executive order has been on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit, filed by AFCSME and the American Civil Liberties Union. Also on hold is implementation of a similar state law that gives agency department heads authority to devise their own drug-testing programs, said union attorney Shalini Agarwal.

Ungaro set another hearing for Oct. 11 and urged the two sides to come up with a way forward. For example, the judge suggested the two sides work together on narrowing down which job categories might be exempt from drug testing and which could be covered by it.

"I have no desire to see the citizens of the state of Florida exposed to any more expense," she said.
Trippe, however, said the governor's office may return to the October hearing "with the same position we have today" seeking to delay the case.

"That's fine," the judge replied. "And, I may deny it."

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Youtube Criminal Confessions

"My name is Mathew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani"


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Social Media is the newest form of criminal evidence.  Information gleaned from Facebook postings and other social media communications have been allowed as evidence, providing a judge believes the information is directly relevant to a case and not a blatant violation of someone’s privacy. Even if you are not knowingly the subject of a criminal investigation you should be aware that your Facebook postings are not private. Obviously whoever you have “friended” is privy to your postings depending on your privacy levels. Any of these people may easily take a screen shot of any posting you make. The same is true for text messages.  The textee can  take a screen shot of your text message and it is no longer yours to control.  Postings on other social media networks such as Twitter are similarly subject to criminal prosecution if the content is deemed threatening or otherwise suspected to be of a criminal nature.

Last week USA TODAY reported the following story about Matthew Cordle who confessed to vehicular homicide on You Tube.  To see the entire article and view the confession click here.

Matthew Cordle, 22, admits getting drunk and driving the wrong way on I-670 near Columbus, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.

"My name is Mathew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," Cordle says in the video posted Friday. "This video will act as my confession. When i get charged, I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family... I won't dishoner Vincent's memory by lying about what happened."

Cordle says in the video that after the crash he spoke with "some high-powered attorneys" who told him that it might be possible to get his blood test thrown out. He said they told him of "about similar cases where the drivers got off. "All I would have to do is lie. I won't go down that path."

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Canzani's ex-wife, Cheryl Oates, told fox6now.comthat Cordle's remorse appeared genuine and that she was encouraged that he took responsibility for his actions. Still, the mother of two sons said she felt Cordle should spend some time in prison. "It's gut-wrenching coming from a mother looking at that young boy, and he just doesn't understand the damage that he did," she told the website.

George Breitmayer III, a Columbus lawyer representing Cordle, told The Columbus Dispatch that he was unaware his client was posting the confession. "This video he released demonstrates his character, bravery and integrity, and I know he fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and Franklin County prosecutors throughout the course of any future criminal proceedings," Breitmayer told the Dispatch. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien told the Dispatch he watched Cordle's video three times. "It's the most compelling video I think I have seen. He strikes me as remorseful and sincere," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said he will ask grand jurors on Monday to indict Cordle on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. The second-degree felony carries a prison sentence of two to eight years.
O'Brien told fox6now that the video has not influenced him to recommend a lighter sentence.
"We had a case against him based on the evidence as I know it before the video was filmed," he told the website.

Breitmayer said the video was not posted in an effort to gain a shorter prison sentence. On the recording, Cordle says he "can't bring Mr. Canzani back. I can't erase what I've done," but says "I beg you, and I say the word beg specifically, I'm begging you, please don't drink and drive."
John Bacon, USA TODAY

If you are looking for a criminal lawyer or need defence from a DUI or auto accident contact the Law Offices of Eric A Kay. When you call the Law Offices of Eric A. Kay P.A., we will give you FREE consultation on your situation. If you retain our services, we will immediately go to work for you with one goal in mind: protecting your liberty. 

Miami:
The Law Offices of Eric A. Kay, P.A.
123 S.E. 3rd Ave #252
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (954) 330-8994
Ft. Lauderdale:
12 SE 7th St. Suite 707
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 764-7373

Click on these links, if you are interested in other posts on the topic of Social Media and Criminal Charges.
Facebook Posting Leads to Arrest, Murder Charge

 Facebook Postings Being Used in Court More Often

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Florida Too Lax on Texting and Driving

Adults Just as Guilty of Texting and Driving As Teens 

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Americans love their cell phones.  In fact, as many as 82% of American adults have a cell phone.There is a growing concern about teenagers texting and driving. However, studies have shown that adults are texting just as much or more when driving. Adults log more hours on the road. They use their so called down time or drive time for working and connecting with friends and family.

The fact is that no matter your age, ones reaction time is delayed when they are distracted. We just can't really do two things at once. So the question is "Are cell phones truly a distraction?"

Are the cell phone use laws while driving in the state of Florida stringent enough? It is illegal to text and drive in Florida. However, drivers can only be pulled over and sited as a secondary offense. When sited is the $30.00 fine enough to really deter anyone? In Florida, 1,000's of accidents a year are caused by drivers using their cell phones.

According to a study conducted by Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute found on AutoTrader.com cell phones are a distraction.

Participants were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light. Those who drove the course without texting responded to the signal in two seconds. But when the driver was texting, the response time was extended by three to four seconds. Additionally, the texting driver was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether.

The 3-4 second lag time in the actual driving study is significant because in that period at highway speeds one can travel the length of a football field. Read the full report.

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We all think we can do two things at once. The reality is that our mind switches back and forth between the two tasks. Sometimes so quickly that it almost seems as if we are doing two things at the same time. Take the test on the video below to see if you can really do two things at a time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 After taking the test how confident are you about driving and texting, no matter your age and driving ability.
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For more information on driving and cell phone use check out these blogs. Teens Who Text And Drive Likely To Take Other RisksNew Florida Law Bans Texting While Driving

When you find yourself in need of a lawyer due to an auto accident contact the
Law Offices of Eric A Kay.

Miami:
123 S.E. 3rd Ave #252
Miami, FL 33131 
Phone: (954) 330-8994
 
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 764-7373


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Florida Couple back in the News With 911 Call, Perjury Sentencing and Divorce Filing

Shellie Zimmerman Files For Divorce.

Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, the focus on the Zimmerman's has shifted to divorce filings, a 911 call for domestic violence and Shellie Zimmerman being sentenced in perjury charges.

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Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce just last Thursday.  Then this week, there was a call made to 911 by Shellie Zimmerman, accusing her estranged husband, George Zimmerman, of threatening her with a gun and punching her father in the nose. She later changed her story and decided not to press charges. Prosecutors could still press charges based on the videos from the home, and the squad cars that responded to the call. You can read more about the 911 call in the Associated Press article dated September 9.
Click here for the full article.

Chances are we have not heard the last of the Zimmerman family.

According to an Associated Press articles on September 5, "George Zimmerman's wife filed for divorce Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

Shellie Zimmerman made the decision because of "disappointment," her attorney, Kelly Sims, wrote Thursday in a short email to The Associated Press. The 26-year-old Zimmerman told ABC's "Good Morning America" last week that she was having serious doubts about remaining married.

The interview came just after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Her husband, who was acquitted on second-degree murder and other charges in July, wasn't in the Sanford, Fla., courtroom as she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service - even though she supported him and lied about their finances."

Click here for the full article.

If you are interesed in reading about George Zimmerman's recent encounters with the police over speeding, click here.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why You Need A Lawyer When Starting A New Company

The following article from Forbes last month points out some realistic reasons as to why all start up companies need a lawyer in order to get started in the right direction. Contact The Law Offices of Eric A. Kay when you are looking for specialized help in business law in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Brett Nelson

Brett Nelson, Contributor
I discuss investing, strategy and management (and poke some fun, too)

8/29/2013 @ 9:08AM |5,039 views

Seven Sadly Common Mistakes When Forming A New Company




Eying startups through a legal lens: Steven Gladstone, of Hall Booth Smith in Nashville, Tenn.
Entrepreneurs face a smorgasbord of risk. Have they identified a real market need? (Strategic risk.) Are they executing effectively? (Operational risk.) Will they go broke wooing customers? (Financial risk.) Will their (likely) failure tarnish their image? (Reputational risk.) But there’s another risk that threatens new companies even before they’re born: legal risk.

Steven Gladstone, a lawyer at Hall Booth Smith, headquartered in Atlanta, knows about managing legal risk. Gladstone, 65, has four decades of experience forming companies and structuring private placements, often based on the value of intellectual property. He has counseled entrepreneurs in everything from film production to real estate—and he has acute appreciation for how legal snafus can sting.
Gladstone shared seven legal mistakes that new entrepreneurs tend to make, including real-world anecdotes drawn from his own practice. Bottom line, he says: If you don’t take proper precautions, your startup may be dead on arrival.

Mistake #1: Not getting legal assistance from the beginning.

A recent study by LegalShield found that, while 60% of small businesses experienced a “significant legal event” in the last two years, just half of those sought the help of a lawyer to deal with them. That means over 3 million, legally untrained business owners did their own legal work. Some may have escaped without a scratch, and lawyers—let’s face it—don’t work for free. But years of experience tell me that entrepreneurs who go it alone court everything from embarrassment to financial disaster.
Just one example: A potential client called me a few months ago with a big problem. Six months before consulting a lawyer, he had taken a partner in a new business. Soon enough, that fellow had eaten $100,000 of my client’s money—on trips to Singapore, designer suits and other flagrant outlays. He also refused to sign a flurry of routine but important documents, and still my client continued to make funds available to him.
Painful result: a high-dollar collection matter three states away, a nasty fraud claim, a corporate dissolution, and a nightmarish settlement negotiation. What should have cost the client $3,000 to $5,000 in legal advice at inception ballooned into a tab five times that amount to untangle a big mess. And to top it off, the venture flat-lined within the next month.

Mistake #2: Not disclosing important information to your lawyer or your partners.

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Whatever is going on, tell your lawyer and your partners about it. All of it. If you don’t, bad things happen.
In one instance I painfully recall, the parties were starting a venture where state law required all principals and managers be without a criminal record if they wanted to to obtain a state license for operating the business. Well into the registration process, the state denied approval when it turned out that the managing employee had a prior felony conviction for fraud and embezzlement. Apparently that “just slipped his mind”—and ended up costing tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees (paid mostly by the partner) and months of lost work. (Additional tip: Do background checks on all parties you’re doing business with.)


Mistake #3: Not completing important documents.

Let me repeat: Make sure all parties sign, date, initial, copy and distribute all documents required for the transaction.

One of my longtime clients—a very creative guy who’s not exactly detail-oriented—hit this pitfall hard. He sold a significant interest in a company he had started, and the buyer was obligated to pay a percentage of revenue as part of the purchase price. Several months after completing the sale, the buyer stopped paying his share of the revenue. There was enough money involved (about $50,000) that my client considered suing. When he called, I asked for signed originals of all documents used to ink the sale. His response: “I thought you had those?” Nope—even though I had asked to be present at the closing of the deal (which would have cost money), and even though I had pestered him many times to give me the signed docs for safekeeping.
No surprise that a separate litigator advised my client not to waste more money on a suit because he couldn’t produce the paperwork. Result: The buyer kept the property and paid only a small fraction of the price agreed upon. Life isn’t always fair, especially when the dog eats your homework. (Additional tip: Have your attorney present at the closing. It costs money, but it’s worth it.)

Mistake #4: Using cheap legal forms available on the Internet.

This trap is growing teeth. Last year a young entrepreneur wanted to add two new partners to her online business. She had already filed the Limited Liability Company (LLC) paperwork using free forms she found on the Web, and all she wanted from me was the minimum work required to add the two partners. I suggested I should review all of her documents before any partners came on board. That took a few weeks of convincing, but she reluctantly agreed.
Whoops! Her plain-vanilla docs contained the provision that any voting rights be tallied per capita (by head count), not by percentage ownership. So, even though she was giving each new partner 10% voting rights, thus retaining her majority control of the company, her original papers would have handed over the reins to the new partners who owned just 20%. Lesson: When it comes to cheap online forms, download with caution.

Mistake #5: When in doubt, hiring a generalist

An old rule for which there are still too many examples: Paying a little more—perhaps up to 100%—for good legal advice beats wasting a lot more money on bad advice. If the situation is remotely complex, hire a specialist. She’ll do the work faster and better.

Mistake #6: Building a picket fence—instead of a fortress—around your ideas.

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Protecting intellectual property is a tricky task. For a brand new concept or thought process, few bulletproof legal safeguards exist. (Copyrights apply to original works when they can be physically copied, as with a compact disc, whereas trademarks like the Nike “swoosh” protect words, symbols and designs that distinguish products from competitors.) When discussing new ideas, always demand a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement drafted by an able attorney; you may not get it, but the act of asking shows you mean business.
Once created, intellectual property requires plenty of care and feeding, too. With both copyrights and trademarks, licensees should be contractually bound to protect those assets and to notify licensors of potential infringement. With trademarks, failure to require certain protections might cause you to lose exclusive use of the name of your company’s products or services. Not good.


Mistake #7: Doing business with friends when some can’t afford to lose.

This little monster takes many shapes. Like the up-and-coming recording artist who’s sure that his brother-in-law, currently running the local car wash, can manage his career. Or the well-meaning chump who goes into business with his old high-school buddy, even though he hasn’t seen the guy in 20 years.
Friendly suggestion: Don’t do business with friends—even with lawyers involved—if someone can’t afford to lose the purse. Chances are, you’ll lose a lot more.

Have other sage legal advice for entrepreneurs? Please share your comments on this post.
See Also:
The 23 Most Important Questions In Business
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