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January 2015 Archives

Types of mergers vary depending on business goals

Just as no two people are alike, nor are any two businesses. This means that the needs of each business will vary based on a variety of things. Some businesses may find that it is in their best interest to merge with another one. But what does that process look like? That depends upon the type of merger that it is.

Florida felons with guns can use the "stand your ground" defense

The Florida Supreme Court has recently, by remanding a case to the state's 4th District Court of Appeal, resolved the question of whether a convicted felon can use a firearm to defend himself and then use the Florida "stand your ground" law as a legal defense.

Florida advocacy group fights to legalize medical marijuana

The rise of legalization of medical marijuana is a hot topic across the country. Many states have introduced legislation under which patients can use the drug to help with cancer, glaucoma, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy, and HIV/AIDS. Although we often rely on traditional prescription drugs, some believe that marijuana has been shown to ease the symptoms of many health issues.

Starting a business? Work with a lawyer from the beginning

The adage “do what you love and it won’t feel like work,” prompts many people to start their own business each year. For many of those individuals finding a way to turn something they love into a business is a dream come true. Unfortunately, there is much more to it than that, starting with what structure the business will take.

Medical marijuana: Ending conflict between state and federal laws

We recently discussed proposed legislation that would make Florida one of several states that have legalized medical use of marijuana. Since that post, Congress has made a bold move that removes at least one conflict in the enforcement of federal drug offenses in states where pot use is legal.

Threshold too arbitrary to decide mental ability to commit murder

Even though someone may commit a crime without knowing that the action they are taking is illegal, in most cases ignorance is no defense in criminal prosecutions. But the intent to commit a crime is nonetheless always taken into consideration in the decision whether to prosecute a crime and in the jury's deliberations.

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