Business Litigation

Stages of a Lawsuit

April 12th, 2017

At the Law office of Robert Eckard & Associates, P.A., we understand, whether you are a Defendant or Plaintiff in a lawsuit, it can be a complex, stressful and confusing time.  Therefore, we have put together a basic outline you can use to familiarize yourself with how your case will progress.  Obviously, we can only… View Article

How I Was Called To The Legal Profession

March 2nd, 2017

One summer night before starting my senior year in high school, I was riding my bike home from a friend’s house. Out of nowhere a police cruiser abruptly pulled up onto the sidewalk, cutting me off.  It was so abrupt that I nearly fell off my bike and hit head first into a pole.  The… View Article
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Legal Marijuana: What You Need To Know To Legally Advertise To This Budding Economy

January 16th, 2017

One underreported outcome of the November elections is that nearly 25 percent of Americans now live in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal. Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and of course California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing the total to eight states, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado, and the District of Columbia, while… View Article
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Derivative or Direct Action Against a Shareholder?

December 22nd, 2016

What is appropriate…a derivative or direct action against a shareholder? Many people are not aware of the difference between a derivative vs. direct action against a shareholder and which is appropriate for their lawsuit. A derivative action is a lawsuit brought by a shareholder on behalf of the corporation or company. A derivative action allows… View Article

Thinking of Representing Yourself?? Pro Se?

November 17th, 2016

The term “pro se” means representing yourself in a legal proceeding. This a valid option however, you need to decide if it is the best option for you. There are many advantages to hiring a lawyer for your case. A lawyer knows how to navigate the legal system where as a pro se litigant most… View Article

What “Do Not Call” List??

June 9th, 2015

Many small businesses look to increase sales by telemarketing.  This can be a very dangerous and costly endeavor if done incorrectly. The rules and penalties for violating the Florida or Federal rules for telemarketing can be overwhelming.  State penalties can be up to $10,000 per violation and Federal up to $16,000 per violation.  This is… View Article

Are You Policing The Internet To Protect Your Trademark?

May 29th, 2015

Are You Policing The Internet To Protect Your Trademark? With the dawn of the internet there is a whole new set of legal problems with trademark infringement.   The global nature of the internet has opened “Pandora’s box” to anyone, anywhere to view your marketing materials and rip them off! A business owner should make it… View Article

Could a DUI End My Career?

May 29th, 2015

With the ease of information gathering today, a DUI conviction can negatively affect your career.  A DUI charge and/or conviction can show on a background report almost instantaneously.  However, some positions are more sensitive than others.  Jobs considered to be more sensitive than others include working with children, law enforcement, financial [or any position handling… View Article

Business Owners: AVOID These 5 Common Legal Problems!

May 20th, 2015

So, you have a great idea and want to put into action and open your own business, great! – The American Dream. But approaching your new endeavor without proper legal advice can quickly turn your dream into a nightmare. Here are 5 common issues to avoid: