Employee or Independent Contractor?

Classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is a question of federal and state law. On June 7, 2017, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the withdrawal of its 2015 guidance on independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)), effective immediately.

How Insurance Works When Renting Out Your Car

I saw a recent news story about people renting their cars for extra cash. If you plan to rent out your car to someone, check with your insurance company to make sure you’re covered.

Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act

Florida’s Marketable Record Title Act (Chapter 712 of the Florida Statutes) (“MRTA”) was enacted in order to free real property from older title defects by creating a 30-year limitations period on certain matters of title.

Seven Lessons I Learned as a Young Lawyer

I recently came across this blog written by John Miller, a Florida attorney, titled, “Seven Lessons I Learned as a Young Lawyer,” (https://flayld.org/2017/05/seven-lessons-i-learned-as-a-young-lawyer/), and believe it includes points I should share as I have found it very helpful in beginning my career in law as a young attorney here with Crary Buchanan, P.A.

Social Media and FMLA Leave: What Employers Need to Know

On April 19th, Florida’s 11th Circuit held that firing an employee for posting vacation photos on social media while on FMLA leave created an issue that could be litigated. The employee was terminated for violating a company social media policy, which prohibited posting negative comments about the company on-line.

Trouble with Building Permits

For decades, no one involved in real estate transactions double-checked local building department files, unless a notice of violation had been issued. Everyone used to assume that when government officials allowed an owner to occupy a residence, everything was fine. All that has changed.

Without Spending More, Some Renters Could Likely Afford to Buy Above-Average Homes

With rents continuing to climb and interest rates staying low, many renters find themselves gazing over the homeownership fence and wondering if the grass really is greener. Leaving aside, for the moment, the difficulties of saving for a down payment, let’s focus on the monthly expenses of owning a home: It turns out that renters currently paying the median rent in many markets could afford to buy a higher-quality property than the typical (read: median–valued) home without increasing their monthly expenses.

Republican Party of Okeechobee County Lincoln Day Shoot

Jennifer L. Williamson and husband, Rodney Carden, participated in the Republican Party of Okeechobee County Lincoln Day Shoot & Dinner on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the OK Corral Gun Club in Okeechobee.

Marriages and Wills

Can a husband’s fourth spouse be guilty of unduly influencing him to prepare a Will favoring her over the husband’s children from an earlier marriage?

Florida Passes Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Clients should consider updating their estate plans to reflect new law…