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Estate Planning Under the New Tax Law on pbl-law.com

Estate Planning Under the New Tax Law

By meg bacon |

How will the new tax code impact estate planning goals? Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there is now greater opportunity for individuals with large estates to take advantage of the estate and gift tax exemption. It’s important to understand what this means for your estate planning goals. What is estate tax?… Read More »

Guidelines for Selling a Tenant-Occupied Property in Florida on pbl-law.com

Guidelines for Selling a Tenant-Occupied Property in Florida

By meg bacon |

Whether you’re an experienced landlord or brand new to renting, there will probably come a time when you want to sell your property. If you’ve made the decision to sell, make sure to consider your current tenants. There are special considerations for tenant-occupied properties, and you may be unsure of how to proceed. What… Read More »

Are You Properly Classifying Your Employees? on pbl-law.com

Are You Properly Classifying Your Employees?

By meg bacon |

You can run afoul of the IRS and face strict fines if you misclassify workers. Are they truly independent contractors, or are they actually employees? The new tax law is sparking a trend for people to try and take advantage of the 20% pass-through deduction that’s now available to businesses and contractors who set… Read More »

Sexual Harassment Law in Florida: The Basics Employers Need to Know on pbl-law.com

Sexual Harassment Law in Florida: The Basics Employers Need to Know

By meg bacon |

Critical information that could help you prevent a lawsuit Perhaps now more than ever, people have become aware of just how big a problem sexual harassment has become. And while this may result in the end of careers and personal trouble for individuals, often when a company is involved, this leads to lawsuits. In… Read More »

The Importance of Board Certification for Florida Attorneys on pbl-law.com

The Importance of Board Certification for Florida Attorneys

By meg bacon |

What it means and why it matters When someone needs a lawyer in this country, rarely do they have to look far to locate one. There’s certainly no shortage of legal professionals in the U.S., particularly in Florida. According to statistics, there are about 101,000 practicing lawyers in the Sunshine State. Yet only, approximately… Read More »

Work Eligibility Status: Stay Within the Law When Taking on New Hires on pbl-law.com

Work Eligibility Status: Stay Within the Law When Taking on New Hires

By meg bacon |

“Are you eligible to work in the United States?” It seems a logical and simple question for any employer to ask – but knowing when is a little more complicated Employers want new hires to make them money, not cost them a fortune. Since January of this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have… Read More »

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 »

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