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Pending Tax Reform 2017: What You Need to Know

As of December 8, 2017 Table of Contents: Business. 2 Individuals. 8 Estate/ Gift Tax. 16 Charitable Contributions/ Non Profits. 17 Other. 19 Real Estate. 19 Depreciation. 20 Bonds. 21   2017 Tax Reform Moves Forward: On November 16, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with a […]

Exit Planning for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Many business owners have only a vague idea of how they will exit from their current businesses. They have a general notion that when the time is right they will sell their business and retire or that their children will take over the business someday. Many business owners don’t realize that they need to plan […]

Tax Certificates and Tax Deeds: Real Estate Roulette

Floridian property owners can count on a real estate tax bill, every year in November, and most dutifully pay those bills.  Even more responsible property owners may pay before December 1, to take advantage of a four percent discount afforded to those who pay far in advance of the March 31 deadline.  But what happens […]

Non-compete Agreements and Protection of Referral Relationships

It is not uncommon for employers to require employees to sign agreements that contain non-competition provisions prohibiting employees from engaging in certain activities post-employment. The ability of an employer to enforce such provisions is not entirely clear under Florida law and is usually fact specific. Recently, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in White […]

Civility in Business Litigation

  My wife has a saying that goes like this: “Everything is personal.”  She means that for our family, in all things in our lives, we aim to interact with people on a genuine level.  Our firm culture at Blalock Walters reinforces this notion for me, because we, as a firm, strive to develop relationships […]