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Richard Wolfe: Entering into Contracts with Minors can be a Minefield

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BY RICHARD C. WOLFE, ESQ – The fields of entertainment and sports are dominated by the young. Many athletes and entertainers have earned tremendous amounts of money prior to reaching legal age. This article will focus on three contracting issues apropos to minors: where the contract is judicially approved; where the contract is guaranteed by the minor’s parents; and where consideration is given to the minor, but no judicial approval is obtained. Background on Judicial Approval Florida is one of 38 states that has adopted a version of the so-called Jackie Coogan” Law, named after the child actor whose riches were taken by greedy parents (and who regained his fame in middle age as Uncle Fester in the Addams Family TV show) [See Florida Statutes 743.08, 09, and 095 (1995).] Under the common law, the parents possessed the results of a child’s work in return for their legal … [Read more...]

Joseph Sacher: A Concise Contract is the Key

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BY JOSEPH A. SACHER, ESQ - Never underestimate the power of a clear and concise contract, however short, particularly when it contains broad and unambiguous indemnification provisions providing extensive relief for damaged parties. In Florida, clear and unambiguous terms in a written agreement will control the course of contractual relationships, and also determine the outcome, if any disputes should arise. I recently had the pleasure of representing an injured party in a commercial dispute, which was attempting to enforce a one-page Indemnity Agreement executed 10 years before the actual dispute arose, and 12 years before it went to trial. The case, Nature’s Products, Inc. v. Natrol, Inc., et al., Case No. 11-CV-62409-CIV-Dimitrouleas, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division, serves as an excellent illustration of the value of a … [Read more...]

Florida Spent Millions on Flawed Fingerprint System

MIAMI HERALD -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s troubled 5-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) is experiencing technical problems that are causing delays in investigations and arrests across the state. It has also cost far more to maintain than it did to design and build. A former engineer for Motorola, the company that built the system, has come forward and claimed the company delivered a product riddled with problems. His claims are documented in internal Motorola reports that he said were never shared with the FDLE. Documents reviewed by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting detail a series of costly maintenance requests and upgrades needed to keep the fingerprint system functioning properly. The documents also include internal Motorola reports recording accuracy issues with the fingerprint system. If true, in addition to delaying … [Read more...]

The Fuel that Drives a Law Family:

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For Blick Law Firm, Hard Work, Outreach and Faith make it WorkBy DONNA BALANCIA, TFLJ ContributorTAMPA -- Mike Blickensderfer, president of Blick Law Firm, measures the success of his business by a unique standard: His family wants to work there too."My wife and each of my children have different talents, and I'm fortunate because they are putting them to use at our law firm," said Blickensderfer, whose Tampa firm is well-known in motorcycle circles and in community groups on the West Coast. Mike's wife, Vivian, is the marketing manager of Blick Law Firm, Dana Blickensderfer, 22, is the public relations and social media director, and son Steven looks to be joining his father as an attorney at the firm after his graduation from University of Florida Levin College of Law in May. "It's such a blessing to see our each of our children use their talents to help out the business," … [Read more...]

Broad and Cassel Women Capture ‘Super’ Spots

Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach Managing Partner Patricia Lebow, who founded the office of the statewide law firm more than three decades ago, was named among the “Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers, ” and a  “2013 Florida Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Seven additional attorneys from the West Palm Beach office were recognized as well, including two who were named  “Rising Stars.” They are: Talina Bidwell, Senior Counsel, Business Litigation, "Rising Star" C. Craig Eller, Partner, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Steven Ellison, Partner, Business Litigation Clifford I. Hertz, Partner, Real Estate Mark Osherow, Of Counsel, Business Litigation Tara S. Pellegrino, Associate, Business Litigation, "Rising Star" Jacqueline S. Miller, Of Counsel, Estate & Trust Litigation In total, 44 of the firm’s attorneys from eight … [Read more...]