Corporate Divorce & Dissolution

toates Business Law

Proper planning for the succession of the business or buy-sell arrangements are an essential part of starting a business. Benjamin Franklin had it right; an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The attorneys at Oates & Oates can counsel you in the proper way to protect your business from the foils of lack of planning. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience in the before and after effects of business planning with you.

Restrictive Covenants: Non-Compete versus Non-Solicitation

toates Business Law

Restrictive covenants, non-competes and non-solicitations, are a practice area that the attorneys at Law Offices of Oates & Oates, P.A. have much experience. Whether you are the employer or employee you should seek the advice of knowledgeable and experienced counsel before hiring new employees or signing a restrictive covenant. Please contact our offices to discuss how we might be able to assist you.

Is your foreign judgment enforceable in Florida?

toates Business Law, Collections

More and more frequently I speak to judgment creditors with a judgment issued by a state or country other than Florida. The process of registering that judgment in Florida is called domestication. Once domesticated, the foreign judgment is given full faith and credit and is enforceable by Florida courts to the same extent as a Florida judgment.

Lien for Improvements, Not Maintenance

toates Construction

Our office represents a number of contractors whose work includes maintenance. Whether it’s a lawn service, landscape contractor, pool contractor, or general contractor, I am often asked the question: Can I lien a job for maintenance work? Florida law requires that in order to have lien rights, the contractor (lienor) must have “improved” the property.

Buying or Selling a Business: Experience Matters

toates Business Law

Buying or selling a business is a risky venture if your not familiar with how the process works. The best way to safely navigate through the process is to surround yourself with experienced professionals. Step one: find an experienced business broker. Your broker is your best source of information on your market.¬†They will help you obtain all the information you …