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MLG Announces Employees Will Work Remotely Amid Increase of COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19, working remotely due to pandemic

As COVID-19 increasingly impacts our community, MLG announces that our employees will work remotely beginning on Monday, March 16. Our firm is prepared for the transition to remote staffing and our tier-5 security for data, email, and hardware ensures that our commitment to high-level security is seamlessly maintained. For our clients, it will be business […]

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Partition Actions to Divide Real Property: When Two or More Individuals No Longer Want to Own Real Estate Together

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You and your brother inherit a mansion from your long-lost wealthy uncle. You want to sell the property so you can get cash now. Your brother wants to keep the property, but he is unable to pay you for your share of the property. What do you do? In cases where joint owners of a […]

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Changes to Florida Jurisdictional Limits

In an effort by the legislature to bring relief to the Circuit Court’s heavy caseloads and to move cases through the court system faster, as of January 1, 2020, jurisdictional limits in Florida’s trial courts have been modified to allow for lower courts to handle more cases. Jurisdiction is the legal principle by which a […]

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Florida Pet Trusts: Who Will Care for Your Pets When You are Gone?

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We have all heard stories of people leaving millions of dollars to their pets. The most famous may be Leona Helmsley, who left $12 million in trust for her white Maltese, Trouble, and nothing to two of her four grandchildren.   Even the courts felt that this was excessive, and a year after Helmsley died in […]

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Condominium Buyers Beware: Potential for Increased Liability for Unpaid Assessments

Condominium Buyers Beware

Due to a recent court ruling, condominium purchasers may now be responsible for payment of the entirety of delinquent assessments owed by previous owners of a unit rather than just the delinquent assessments owed the previous owner.  In Coastal Creek Condominium Association, Inc. v. FLA Trust Services LLC, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held […]

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Thank Your Legislature: Reduced Delays Related to Open Permits in Real Estate Closings

Reduced Delays Related to Open Permits in Real Estate Closings

Thanks to a recent change in legislation, sellers of property in Florida may benefit from fewer closing delays caused by the pre-closing discovery of open and expired building permits. Under new legislative amendments, the turnaround time for clearing old, expired permits is significantly shortened due to more owner-friendly permitting laws. For example, rather than hiring […]

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Massey Law Group Staff Spotlight: Sheila Hieber

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Laughter heals. And Sheila Hieber, paralegal at MLG, believes in that power. Sheila, who often uses humor to connect with and help others, has been in the legal industry for more than 40 years. But, she was not always as able to delight in the joy of laughter. For years, Sheila experienced the typical demands […]

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MLG, St. Petersburg Business Law Firm, Open House a Success

In July, our firm celebrated its one-year anniversary! Also, our Tampa office moved to St. Petersburg, where our new location provides us with more space for continued growth.  Recently, guests joined us for an open house to celebrate our new St. Petersburg location. We pulled out all the stops — the live DJ and delicious […]

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Massey Law Group Staff Spotlight: Lauren Beaudoin

Lauren Beaudoin, paralegal team manager with business law firm Massey Law Group

Lauren Beaudoin, MLG paralegal team manager, traces her love for law to her father, who was an attorney. From an early age, activism also attracted her attention — including human rights, animal welfare, and environmental issues. She once canvased door-to-door for an environmental and human rights campaign. And with that background, she decided that activism […]

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The Impact of the Defense Of Trade Secrets Act on Employment and Independent Contract Agreements

Authors: Jonathan B. Lewis and Nikki L. Barker The Defense of Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA” or the “Act”) created a federal law which, for the first time, permits the owner of a trade secret to bring a private cause of action in federal court for misappropriation, encroachment, or stealing trade secrets. The DTSA was […]

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