Business Transactions & Commercial Litigation
Business Law covers a variety of areas to include contract disputes, transaction formations, shareholder or partnership disputes, due diligence agency, inter-department policy formation, compliance program creation and management, compliance audits, DUPTA, non-compete litigation, trade secret infringement, commercial procurement agreements, master service agreements, mergers, acquisitions, debt collection, and many other business-related matters. Whether you're looking into cost effective ways to managing litigation, risks management, or handling a complex transaction, Sentinel Law, P.A. can can provide the representation needed. We offer flat fee, hourly, and other innovative fee structures to best match the situation and the context of your business law needs. It is important to ask your firm whether they handle both litigation and transactions, and whether they have experience in your specific industry / sector.
The pace of emerging technologies in the digital landscape continues to grow at the speed of petaFLOPs, with regulators trying to keep pace by developing guidelines to protect the public. Developing new concepts or new applications to problems is bound to hit the wall of the the status quo. Whether you're finding new ways to use drones or new algorythms to engage the digital world, the contracts, intellectual property, and protections risk management that you use to protect your technology, must be carefully created. Innovators must be responsible for the privacy of their customer, contractors, and those other databases they are utilizing. A common area that is overlooked is in the governance of the entity or the assets they hold, which can result in significant tax consequnces without proper planning. Please note that Sentinel Law, P.A. does not practice in Patent Law or Tax Law, but works with entrepenuers and other professionals to ensure these technologies are compliant and poised for growth.
Real Estate Litigation
When a homeowner goes into default on a mortgage, it is not uncommon for a lender or loan servicer to rush into foreclosure. The underlying incentives for a bank to do so are often way outside the circumstances of the borrower who has defaulted on the loan. However, depending on the type of loan, the circumstances of the borrower, and multiple other factors, the bank's efforts to rush into foreclosure may be prohibited or presented in bad faith. Sentinel law has successfully obtained dismissals for many cases, having handled several hundred of these matters since 2009. We've also prevailed at trial and evidentiary hearings for our clients. However, the typical goals of obtaining deeds in lieu, short-sales, restructurings, modifications, cramdowns, and if necessary liquidations, (Chpt 7s), are all in our wheelhouse.
Premise Liability & Catastrophic Injury
Premise Liability covers a wide range of injuries occurring on someone's property, where the injured person is either a business invitee (a shopper or customer); a pubic invitee who has entered public property; and a licensee who is there on the property without invitation. The duty to invitees is different from that of licensees.
A property owner or occupier has two duties toward invitees: (1) to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition and to protect the invitee from dangers of which he is or should be aware; and (2) to warn the invitee of concealed dangers which are or should be known to the owner or occupier and which are unknown to the invitee and cannot be discovered by him through the exercise of due care. The duty of care owed by a landowner to an uninvited licensee is to refrain from willful misconduct or wanton negligence, to warn of known dangers not open to ordinary observation, and to refrain from intentionally exposing the uninvited licensee to danger.
Of all the various areas of law, there is hardly any other type of claim that conflicts the potential claimant like wrongful death. On one hand, the representative of the estate and deceased is fighting hard to move on with their lives and rebuild from what is left after a tragic incident. On the other hand, there is a burning desire to find justice, knowing that closure can only come from reaching this end. There are a wide range of issues specific to wrongful death, but across the board, the preservation of evidence and the aggressive posture is necessary to successfully achieve and award. These cases often require various experts to speak to the financial loss and the liability of the parties involved. Sentinel Law, P.A. can represent the interests of those seeking justice for the loss of loved ones.
The paradox with divorce is how alone and traumatic it can make you feel, when approximately 45-50% of marriages result in dissolution or permanent separation through use of the Court system. There are typically three (3) things that really drive the battles in these proceedings: 1) kids/custody, 2) assets, and 3) spousal support. The advantage of having a lawyer who is versed in issues of creditor/debtor law, military affairs, real estate, and business law is that the complex issues require an understanding of all such areas, to include a little tax law as well. This better protects the client and assures their goals are achieved. Back in 2002 the Founder of Sentinel Law worked at the Clerk of Court in the family law division and realized that these bitter and gut-wrenching battles can be dramatically affected by proper counsel.
Sentinel Law, P.A. handles a variety of employment law matters to include whistle-blower claims, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, restrictive covenants (confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation), sexual harassment claims, executive compensation negotiations, privacy violations, and other related matters. Sentinel Law, P.A. represents both businesses and employees, which provides for a unique perspective on both sides of the issues. Many of these issues and claims in employment law are time sensitive and require strict adherence to the procedures provided in statutes and/or the code they fall under. Below are a few links that can assist you on the employee claims side:
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida Commission on Human Relations
Sentinel Law, P.A. represents creditors and debtors in pursuit of resolution for outstanding debts, and individual bankruptcy matters for chapter 7. If you are facing harassment from a collection company, or wise to negotiate a settlement of a debt, Sentinel Law, P.A. has a track record of helping hundreds reach resolution of their debts. We can also handle ancillary issues related Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, homestead exemption protections, head of house hold exemptions, and other protections provided by state and federal law. Another common area of law that Sentinel Law P.A. handles is in foreclosure defense (on the residential side) and foreclosure filing (on the commercial side). The goals of individuals facing these issues may lead into modifications, cram-downs, short-sales, or deeds in lieu of foreclosure.