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 […]

BP Oil Makes it Right for Florida Business

As most of us likely remember, when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, environmental, economic and societal tragedy struck that pristine community.  Fast forward to April 20, 2010 and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which killed 11 people and released an estimated 53,000 barrels […]

Beware! The Collection of Consumer Debts Can Cost You

When customers fail to meet their obligations, creditors often designate the accounts for collections in the hope that the business will be able to recover the amounts due. Efforts to collect such delinquent accounts could result in costly lawsuits against your business, if you or your designated collectors are not aware of the Florida Consumer […]

It Will Take HOW Long To Resolve My Claim In Court? Maybe I Should Arbitrate.

With recent budget cuts to the judiciary, court dockets are overburdened and clogged. Disputes that could be resolved in four to six months are taking a year or more. Arbitration can avoid such delays, is generally less formal than courtroom hearings or trials, and can be completed in much less time. Disputes are referred to […]

Construction Liens Know Your Rights

Whether you are a contractor, subcontractor, or property owner interested in building a new home or renovating your current home, you should know your rights, responsibilities and obligations under Florida’s Construction Lien Law. Who may file a Claim of Lien? The following persons are potential lienors: (a) a contractor; (b) a subcontractor; (c) a sub-subcontractor; […]