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Florida Legal Elite 2018

Stephen J. Padula Named to Florida Trend’s 2018 Florida Legal Elite

By meg bacon |

The Florida Legal Elite are recognized by their peers as the best attorneys in the state Florida Trend recently released its Florida Legal Elite list, and Stephen J. Padula is honored to be on it. Every year, the publication puts out this list to acknowledge lawyers working in private practice, the government, or the… Read More »

Married Couples in Florida Have a Powerful Tool to Protect Their Assets from Creditors on pbl-law.com

Married Couples in Florida Have a Powerful Tool to Protect Their Assets from Creditors

By meg bacon |

In Florida, one spouse’s debt doesn’t have to impact a couple’s property To many people, “asset protection” conjures images of complex financial arrangements involving offshore accounts. But many married couples in Florida don’t realize that they have easy access to a powerful asset protection tool: tenancy by the entireties. Tenancy by the entireties is… Read More »

Can a Handshake Make a Florida Real Estate Contract Legally Binding? on pbl-law.com

Can a Handshake Make a Florida Real Estate Contract Legally Binding?

By meg bacon |

If you shake on a deal, you could be legally obligated to fulfill the agreement Did you shake hands on it? That might make you polite, and under Florida law, it could also make you legally responsible follow through with a contract. A surprising ruling last year backed up the binding power of a… Read More »

Medical Marijuana and Employee Drug Testing on pbl-law.com

Medical Marijuana and Employee Drug Testing

By meg bacon |

What Florida employers need to know In November of 2016, the Florida legislature made the use of medical marijuana legal in the state. While many healthcare professionals and patients celebrated, the decision was met by concerns and questions from others, especially those who own or run businesses. To give companies clarification into their rights,… Read More »

Florida Construction Lien Enforcement: Why Time and Paperwork are of The Essence on pbl-law.com

Florida Construction Lien Enforcement: Why Time and Paperwork are of The Essence

By meg bacon |

If you pay a contractor but they fail to pay a supplier or subcontractor, the latter two can file a lien against your property It’s the law in Florida. Those who work on your property or provide materials and who are not paid in full have a right to enforce their claim of payment… Read More »

The Supreme Court Rules on the Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case on pbl-law.com

The Supreme Court Rules on the Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

By meg bacon |

What does the ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission mean for your business? In 2012, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religious opposition to gay marriage. As a result, the couple filed a charge with… Read More »

Terms and Conditions Apply (If You Can Find Them) on pbl-law.com

Terms and Conditions Apply (If You Can Find Them)

By meg bacon |

Why a Florida court case may change the way companies do business online In February of 2017, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA) made a key ruling on the validity of an online seller’s “terms and conditions” document that could have implications for all e-commerce. The issue at hand in Vitacost.com, Inc. v. James… Read More »

SCOTUS Legalizes Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements on pbl-law.com

SCOTUS Legalizes Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

By meg bacon |

The ruling has a particular impact on wage-and-hour disputes On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to legalize class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements. In an obviously partisan 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said companies can require their workers to go through individual arbitration to pursue any legal claims against their… Read More »

Real Estate in Probate: Who is Allowed to Live in a Contested Property? on pbl-law.com

Real Estate in Probate: Who is Allowed to Live in a Contested Property?

By meg bacon |

Florida estates cannot claim property without evidence Contested probate proceedings are often sparked by real estate that’s titled in a decedent’s (the deceased individual’s) name but claimed by another party. In Florida, a hallmark principle of estate administration is that the personal representative charged with settling an estate has the right to take possession… Read More »

Padula Bennardo Levine LLP Successfully Defends Title Company in Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit on pbl-law.com

Padula Bennardo Levine LLP Successfully Defends Title Company in Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

By meg bacon |

The claimant also alleged she was fired in retaliation for complaining about her pay In early 2017, Kristie Drinosky brought a lawsuit against her former employer, Southeast Title of the Suncoast, Inc., and its owner, Jim Smith. A title processor with the company, Drinosky claimed she was not paid for overtime allegedly worked during… Read More »

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