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Business Law

Business Law

Business disputes can be complicated, but we’re more than prepared to help. At Avera & Smith, our business law attorneys have represented business owners, entrepreneurs and others for more than 65 years. Based in Gainesville, Florida, our business lawyers have extensive trial experience. We also understand the potential benefits of resolving business disputes outside of the courtroom. We are dedicated advocates for your best interests, your professional reputation and the financial viability of your business.

Corporate & Commercial Disputes

Corporate and commercial cases include contract disputes, employee-related issues, violation of commercial leases and other sorts of business litigation. Frequently, corporate and commercial cases do not even involve the courts. Alternate dispute resolution tactics, such as mediation and arbitration, are usually faster and less expensive. Furthermore, relationships in the corporate world can last for years, which means that alternate dispute resolution generally promotes good will among all parties involved and, as such, better business.

Contract Disputes

We handle disputes involving contracts and agreements between companies and their shareholders, partners, employees, vendors, distributors and other parties.

Estate & Will Disputes

If you are involved in a dispute over a will or an estate, you will need an attorney well versed in this practice area to help resolve the important and contested issues at stake. These disputes can involve challenging the validity and interpretation of wills, making claims against trustees for breach of fiduciary duty and other property disputes.

Florida Statute 732.502(1) states that for a will to be valid and enforceable, it must meet all three of these requirements:

  1. It must be in writing
  2. It must be signed at the end by the testator (the one making the will)
  3. It must be acknowledged by two witnesses that the testator signed the will

If any of the requirements are not met, or if either the testator or the witnesses lacked appropriate mental capacity, the validity of the will may be challenged. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you are involved in this type of legal dispute. We’ll put our extensive experience with these matters to work for you.

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