Category: Legal News

MSG’s Ruben E. Socarras Named a 2017 Florida Super Lawyer in area of Business Litigation

January 10, 2017
Ruben E. Socarras Boca Raton Business Lawyer

Ruben E. Socarras, one of Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L.’s founders and members, has been selected to the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation.  This marks the 8th year straight that Mr. Socarras has been named a Super Lawyer.  Mr. Socarras is devoted to representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout Florida […]

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Retaliation

September 21, 2016
EEOC Issues New Guidance on Retaliation

Generally, Federal civil rights laws prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee who asserts the right to be free from workplace discrimination or harassment. Nearly half of all discrimination complaints that are filed under federal law also include a retaliation claim.   Even when a discrimination claim is not supported by the facts, an employee […]

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What Businesses Must Do to Adhere to the New Overtime Rule

June 10, 2016
Businesses Adhere to New Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor announced a new rule that greatly expands the number of administrative and professional employees who may be paid overtime by their employers. The new rule will take effect on December 1, 2016, making it very important that businesses throughout Florida evaluate employee classifications and make any necessary adjustments to comply with […]

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What Is Title Insurance and Why Is It Important?

May 6, 2016
What Is Title Insurance and Why Is It Important

Purchasing a home is one of the most substantial investments that most people will ever make. Protecting that investment is essential. Most home buyers understand that they need homeowner’s insurance so that they can recover their losses if their home is destroyed in a fire. Buyers do not always understand why purchasing title insurance is […]

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Should Your Agreements Contain an Arbitration Provision?

April 8, 2016
Should Your Agreements Contain Arbitration Provisions

Arbitration is a method of resolving disputes privately, outside of court. Businesses often include an arbitration clause in their agreements, thinking it is the preferred method to resolve a dispute; however, that may not be the case. An arbitration provision requires the parties to submit contract disputes to arbitration instead of filing a lawsuit. In […]

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How to Domesticate an Out-of-State Judgment in Florida

January 29, 2016
Domesticate an Out-of-State Judgment in Florida

Sometimes a Florida business needs to bring a lawsuit in another state against a supplier, customer, or other entity. If your business wins the lawsuit, you obtain a judgment. That judgment entitles you to collect a specified sum of money from the person or entity you sued. That person or entity becomes known as the […]

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M&A Due Diligence Checklist

January 22, 2016
Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence Checklist

When a business decides to acquire, or merge with, another business, the individuals who make that decision have a duty to exercise due diligence. The failure to exercise due diligence may result in the buyer paying more than a business is worth or taking on unforeseen operational/financial problems and liabilities when the transaction closes. Failure […]

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Common Issues Leading to Business Divorces, Shareholder/Member Disputes & Related Litigation

January 14, 2016
Business Divorces, ShareholderMember Disputes, and Related Litigation

Business disputes involving business owners have much in common with divorces between spouses. A “friendly” divorce is possible, but many are acrimonious. The disputes that motivate the principals in a business to sever their relationship can be just as emotionally wrenching or costly as the issues that produce marital divorces.   The Burden of Success […]

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Does My Business Qualify for a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

January 7, 2016
Businesses Qualifying for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Businesses turn to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code when they cannot resolve their debt burdens through negotiation or expense reduction but would be capable of operating at a profit if their debt could be managed. Unlike a Chapter 7 liquidation that wipes out debt when a business ends, a Chapter 11 reorganizes business debt. […]

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Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act: What Does It Mean for Your Business?

January 1, 2016
Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act What Does It Mean for Your Business

Having an employee sign a non-compete agreement and/or a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement is one way to protect your company’s trade secrets, and confidential and proprietary business information. However, often times companies may not have any agreements with their employees and a business mistakenly believes it has no way of protecting against the unauthorized disclosure […]

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Benefits of an Annual Legal Checkup

December 18, 2015
Benefits of an Annual Legal Checkup

Conducting an annual legal checkup for your business can help prevent legal issues from arising in the future. As a business owner, checking off the boxes of your annual legal review with an experienced business attorney is a proactive approach that can help to protect your business interests in the new year. Here are some […]

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Is Your Business Prepared for its Holiday Party?

December 10, 2015

The Holiday Season is upon us, which means many South Florida businesses and employers are planning their office holiday parties and events.   It is never too soon to review and update your policies, procedures, and guidelines which may help make your company’s office party safer and help you recognize any potential liability or exposure. One of the […]

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The Difference Between Employees and Independent Contractors

September 3, 2015

The legal implications of how you identify members of your workforce Hiring an independent contractor is a great way for businesses to get the services and assistance they need without taking on the legal requirements of hiring an employee. While many people understand the general difference between employees and contractors, employers must be aware of […]

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How to Avoid Issues with FLSA Overtime Pay

August 27, 2015

Tips for keeping your payroll and bottom line in sync The Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate employees for overtime hours, usually equal to one and a half times their wages, for any time worked that exceeds 40 hours in a one week period. While this policy is an essential component […]

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MSG Successfully Appeals Denial of Motion to Vacate Void Final Judgment

August 26, 2015

Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. (MSG) is excited to have been part of another successful appeal before the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals, which resulted in the reversal of the lower court’s denial of a motion to vacate a void final judgment entered in a business/civil litigation matter.  MSG would like to congratulate litigation attorneys Ruben […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Viable Alternative to Litigation

August 20, 2015

There’s more than one way to handle a business dispute. When a serious dispute arises with a business that cannot be resolved, it may seem like litigation is inevitable. However, there are other alternatives available. Court cases can drag on for months, even years, and they can consume a large portion of your time, money […]

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6 Risks to Recognize When Acquiring a Company

August 13, 2015

Acquisitions are a viable growth strategy, but it is important to recognize and plan for the potential risks. There are no shortcuts to success. Expanding your business requires hard work, happy customers, and strategic marketing. However, there are additional opportunities that business owners can pursue which may assist them in growing their business, such as […]

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Business Growth: Buy or Build?

August 5, 2015

What you need to know before developing your business’s growth strategy. Businesses can grow in one of two ways – from within or through acquisitions. While each one will ultimately increase the size of your company, they are not at all similar. When creating a plan of growth for your business, you will need to […]

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Subpoenas: What To Do When You or Your Business Is Served

July 31, 2015

Answers to the top 3 questions that may pop in your mind after being served You wake up one morning, thinking that the day will go by just like every other day – lots of work and maybe a new contract. However, the one thing you never expect is to have someone serve you or […]

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8 Things You Should Discuss Regularly with Your Business Lawyer

July 17, 2015

The secret to a successful long-term business is planning with your attorney regularly Your business attorney can help you have a successful long-term business. By providing advice, guidance, and legal support, a thoughtful business attorney can help you focus on your company to maintain profits and avoid contentious legal issues. There are certain issues that […]

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Florida Non-Compete Agreements: Is a Non-Compete Agreement Actually Enforceable in Florida?

July 13, 2015

Everything you need to know about Florida non-compete agreements. Is a non-compete agreement actually enforceable in Florida. Let’s begin with what a non-compete is: non-compete agreements are usually between an employer and an employee, and includes a specific provision where the employee agrees not to directly or indirectly compete with the employer’s business for a […]

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Benefits of Having a Corporate Attorney on Retainer

July 2, 2015

How hiring an attorney on retainer will save your business money. Is your company growing? Are you finding that you are dealing with far more contracts than usual, or that legal issues are arising? You don’t want to run the risk of damaging your business, so you need to get professional help. One of the […]

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The Importance of Preserving Electronically Stored Information

June 26, 2015

How to properly solve a dispute in an electronic world In today’s world, preserving electronically stored information plays a very large role when it comes to resolving a number of different types of disputes for a variety of reasons. Since so many documents today are in the form of electronic files, attorneys will need to […]

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How Do You Know if You Have the Correct Attorney for Litigation?

June 1, 2015

5 questions you need to ask before moving forward with an attorney for litigation. Retaining the correct litigation attorney is very important. You need someone who understands your case, can help you navigate the complexities of the court system and aligns with your long-term goals. If you retain the correct attorney, you may work with […]

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Employment Contracts and What Should be Included

May 19, 2015

5 important sections that should be built-in your employment contracts. An employment contract between your business and its employees can be extremely important, and all businesses should make sure that they have a legally enforceable contract for certain of its prospective employees prepared prior to the hire date. Often times, employment contracts may not be […]

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The Difference Between Strategic and Financial Buyers

May 6, 2015

Identifying the Potential Buyer for Your Business. If you have ever thought about an exit strategy for your business, one of the first things to consider is who is a potential buyer. There are two broad ways to describe the types of buyers for your business: financial buyer and a strategic buyer. Both have very […]

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Business Owners Getting Sued: A Right of Passage for Success

April 7, 2015

5 tips to prepare yourself so the rite of passage for success doesn’t take you down. Business owner getting sued is virtually a rite of passage in today’s business environment. It’s not that prosperous business owners are involved in conduct that warrants a lawsuit.  Conversely, as a company’s profits increase, the target on their back increases as well.  Anyone […]

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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Cap for Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Actions

October 30, 2014

Court strikes med mal caps for noneconomic damages By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A 2003 law setting caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice wrongful death cases has been struck down by the Florida Supreme Court as violating equal protection guarantees in the Florida Constitution. The case produced three opinions: a plurality opinion written by […]

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Have You Lost a Family Member in a Fatal Car Accident?

August 1, 2014

Every day, car accidents leave victims with serious, permanent injuries. And sadly, many accidents are fatal. In 2012, there were 30,800 fatal accidents in the U.S. with nearly 2,500 fatalities in Florida alone. If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal car accident, contact a Boca Raton car accident lawyer at Marshall Socarras Grant, […]

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Wondering what to do after suffering a Personal Injury?

September 3, 2013

Wondering What to Do after Suffering a Personal Injury? Immediately after a personal injury that was due to no fault of your own or due to someone else’s negligence, you may wonder who you should call and what you should do next. You may also wonder what legal actions are available to you. At a […]

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Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L.’s Members in Forbes’ Online Bankruptcy Article

August 20, 2013

Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L.’s members Adam Marshall and Joe Grant have been featured in Forbes’ Entrepreneurs Section and recent online article.  Click here to see the entire article, or read it below.    Cameron Keng, Contributor for Forbes How To Bounce Back From Bankruptcy & The Loss Of Your Home Failure isn’t something that most […]

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Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. Featured in Sun-Sentinel, and Other News Outlets

August 19, 2013

Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. has been featured in the Sun-Sentinel’s Business Section on July 19, 2013, wherein the merger between Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A. and Marshall Grant, P.L., as well as the representation of owner of the former Versace Mansion in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, are highlighted.  The Sun-Sentinel article can be […]

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Issues Involving Premises Liability Personal Injury Claims – Personal Injury Attorney in Boca Raton

July 15, 2013

Issues Involving Premises Liability Personal Injury Claims The law surrounding premises liability in Florida can be very complex and it is important that you seek the appropriate legal advice to determine how the law applies to your facts and your case. “Premises liability” refers to accidents where victims are injured due to the negligent maintenance, […]

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Florida Enacts a New Revised Limited Liability Company (LLC) Act on January 1, 2014

July 12, 2013

On June 14, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act into law (the “New LLC Act”), which should attract more businesses to our state. Effective January 1, 2014, this new law replaces most provisions of the existing Act (Chapter 608) with an entirely new chapter.  The New LLC Act, to be located in Chapter […]

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Quiet Title Actions

July 8, 2013

If you have questions about clearing the title of a commercial or residential property, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to speak with a Boca Raton real estate lawyer. Our experienced attorneys can provide a thorough review of your property title history and file a quiet title action to eliminate claims against your title and minimize […]

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Marshall Grant P.L. Merges with Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A., Expanding to a Seven-Attorney Boutique Firm

July 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce that, effective July 1, 2013, Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A. has merged with the Boca Raton law firm Marshall Grant P.L., forming Marshall Socarras Grant P.L. (“MSG”).  MSG will now offer clients leading services in the areas of Business and Complex Commercial Litigation, Corporate law, Bankruptcy law, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring law, […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution including Arbitration and Mediation

June 3, 2013

During the life of a business, it’s not uncommon for disputes to arise. And when two parties cannot agree to a solution, the dispute can lead to costly litigation. If you are facing any kind of business-related issue or dispute, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to speak with a business lawyer in Boca Raton now. […]

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Real Estate Litigation

May 24, 2013

Real estate transactions come with a certain amount of risk, and it is not uncommon for disputes to arise. Sometimes these disputes escalate to litigation. If you are involved in any kind of real estate dispute or are facing litigation, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to speak with a real estate attorney in Boca Raton. […]

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Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Boca Raton

May 19, 2013

Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Motorcycle accidents are common and usually lead to serious injuries or death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Facts Report, there were 93,000 people injured and nearly 5,000 people killed on motorcycles in the U.S. 2012. All too often, these accidents are the result […]

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Landlord-Tenant Disputes

May 7, 2013

When a tenant rents a commercial or residential property, both the tenant and the landlord must comply with the terms of the lease agreement and must follow Florida law. When a dispute arises, both the lease and the law will be used to determine the rights and responsibilities of each party. If you are a […]

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Have You Been Injured in an Accident Caused by Speeding?

May 3, 2013

There are many ways to improve safety on the road, but driving the speed limit is one of the most important. Those who choose to drive above the posted speed limit not only break the law, but also increase their chance of getting into an accident and cause worse injuries when accidents do occur. If […]

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Breach of Contract Disputes

April 6, 2013

  Contracts serve as an important foundation for most business relationships. They outline the terms that each party has agreed to, and in the event of a dispute, can help parties find a resolution. However, sometimes contracts may be difficult to understand. They may contain complex language or may be ambiguous, making it difficult for […]

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Injunctions Can Be Useful Tools in Commercial and Business Litigation

April 5, 2013

Many clients often ask us whether they are able to obtain an injunction in thier cases or defend against one that one is trying to have entered against them.  Athough injunctions, commonly referred to as restraining orders in some cases, are very powerful tools in litigation, they are often misunderstood by the general public or misapplied by many […]

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Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyer

March 21, 2013

Are You Considering a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? The loss of a loved one can be devastating, especially when the loss is due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct. In addition to emotional pain, you may be left with medical bills, funeral costs and other financial worries. You may wonder how you will make it through […]

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Need Help With a Non-Disclosure Agreement or Confidentiality Agreement?

March 12, 2013

Many situations warrant the need for a non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement. Such agreements are usually meant to protect sensitive or proprietary information and are necessary when starting new business relationships, hiring new employees, purchasing or selling a business, settling a claim, or other scenarios where private information is being exchanged. If you have been asked to […]

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Business Attorney in Boca Raton

January 20, 2013

Employment Agreements Employment agreements are usually meant to protect confidential or proprietary information and client relationships after an employee leaves their employer. When an employee signs an agreement, he or she is bound to the terms of that contract and may face litigation if any of those terms are violated. Therefore, it is important to […]

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Ruben E. Socarras, Esq. Named for Fourth Consecutive Year to Florida Super Lawyers

January 14, 2013

Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A. is pleased to announce that Boca Raton litigation attorney and managing partner Ruben E. Socarras, Esq. has been elected to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2013 for a third consecutive year, in the areas of business/commercial litigation, employment law, and personal injury law.

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In a Rear-End Accident? You May Not be At Fault

November 26, 2012

For all of you that hit the roads this busy Thanksgiving Weekend, here’s something to keep in mind next time you are involved in a rear-end auto accident. The Florida’s Supreme Court issued an opinion on Nov. 21, 2012 affecting the longstanding presumption of negligence rule involving rear-end motor vehicle accidents, which means the rear […]

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Have you Been Injured in a Trip, Slip and Fall Accident? – Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorney

November 15, 2012

Have you Been Injured in a Trip, Slip and Fall Accident? If you’ve been injured in a trip, slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the property owner or manager may be considered liable for your injury. In general, property owners are required to maintain their premises to be reasonably safe for visitors. This […]

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Ruben E. Socarras, Esq. featured in ALM 2012 South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers

September 28, 2012

  Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A. is proud to announce that Ruben E. Socarras has been named and featured in the 2012 edition of ALM South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers. Get a copy in the Sept. 28, 2012 Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald and Daily Business Review. Visit http://www.law.com/jsp/law/ads.jsp?p=southflorida_reprints to view or upload the magazine as well. […]

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The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM) Coverage

September 6, 2012

As personal injury trial lawyers, we often face insurance coverage issues and questions that impact our clients’ auto accident claim or personal injury case.  That is why decisions you make concerning your own insurance coverages well before getting into an accident can be extremely important and critical to protecting you  if you are involved in a serious […]

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Business Attorney in Boca Raton

August 23, 2012

Business Formation If you are interested in starting a new business or formally organizing an existing business, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to speak with a business attorney in Boca Raton. Our experienced business attorneys can provide detailed and thorough legal advice and help you build the necessary legal structure to protect yourself and your […]

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South Florida Car Accident Statistics

August 16, 2012

 Auto accidents happen every day in Florida. In fact, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there was an average of nearly 800 accidents per day in Florida in 2012. Many of these accidents occurred in South Florida, resulting in thousands of injuries and sadly, in fatalities as well. If you […]

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Have you been Struck by a Car While Driving, Walking, Biking or Riding a Motorcycle?

August 8, 2012

Whether you are driving a car, riding a motorcycle, walking or riding a bicycle, you have a right to hold a negligent driver accountable if they hit you with their car and injure you. If you’ve suffered any kind of injury or lost a family member in an accident caused by a car, truck, van […]

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Real Estate Lawyer in Boca Raton

August 4, 2012

Negotiating and Drafting Real Estate Contracts A real estate contract is legally binding and will likely involve one the largest financial transactions during your lifetime. Understanding your rights, options and potential exposure is essential prior to executing any contract or lease. Far too often, we are approached for legal guidance only after a binding agreement […]

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Have you been injured in a Truck Accident in Boca Raton?

July 15, 2012

Have you been injured in a Truck Accident in Boca Raton? If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact a Boca Raton truck accident attorney to discuss your case. At Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L., we represent individuals who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in accidents caused by the negligence of […]

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Does a Customer Owe You Money for an Outstanding Debt?

July 1, 2012

If you’re having trouble collecting payment for an outstanding invoice, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to speak with a Boca Raton business lawyer. We understand the burden businesses face when a client refuses to pay for goods or services rendered. If you choose us to represent you, we can pursue legal action to help you […]

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How will Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Reform Bill affect your rights?

June 9, 2012

Recently, Florida’s Legislature has passed a bill that will overhaul Florida’s PIP law which may greatly impact the rights of those involved in auto accidents.   Although the bill will likely face challenges like the prior PIP reform bills of 2001, 2003 and 2008, the new PIP changes will generally take effect on January 1, 2013. As a victim in […]

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Mistakes to Avoid that can ruin your Personal Injury Case

June 2, 2012

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident that has led to personal injuries or even death, whether from an automobile accident, trucking accident, boating accident, or some other type of accident, it is important that you avoid the common mistakes made by people that can be devastating to their claim for damages.  Unfortunately, for many […]

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Ruben E. Socarras, Esq. elected to Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2012

May 31, 2012

Law Office of Ruben E. Socarras, P.A. is pleased to announce that Boca Raton litigation attorney and managing partner Ruben E. Socarras, Esq. has been elected to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2012 for a third consecutive year, in the areas of business/commercial litigation, employment law, and personal injury law.  The “Rising […]

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Business Lawyer in Boca Raton

May 18, 2012

Need Help With a Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreement? Some employers may ask their employees to sign a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement. Such agreements are meant to protect the employer’s trade secrets and to prevent their employees from soliciting the employer’s own customers or clients. While such agreements are common and are generally enforceable, they must […]

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Have You Been Injured in a DUI Accident?

March 20, 2012

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol remains a serious problem in Florida — a problem that has deadly consequences. Every day, DUI accidents leave innocent victims with serious, permanent and sometimes fatal injuries. If you’ve been injured or have lost a family member in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, contact a […]

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Car Accident Attorney in Boca Raton

February 24, 2012

Car Accident Statistics According to the US Department of Transportation, there were more than 250 million registered highway vehicles in the US in 2011. With so many vehicles on the road, accidents have become commonplace. Most people have either been in an accident themselves or know someone who has. Drivers can sometimes avoid accidents by […]

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Stages of a Personal Injury Case – Personal Injury Lawyer Boca Raton

February 1, 2012

What are the Different Stages of a Personal Injury Case? If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s negligence and you are considering a personal injury lawsuit, contact Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L., to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Boca Raton about your case now. We will thoroughly review […]

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Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases – Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyer

October 15, 2011

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases If you’ve suffered a physical, financial or psychological injury caused by the negligence or unreasonably safe actions of another person or entity, you have a right to hold them accountable with a personal injury lawsuit. However, you must do so within a specific time frame defined by Florida […]

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Good Real Estate Lawyer In Boca Raton

July 26, 2011

The Importance of Hiring a Real Estate Lawyer Boca Raton FL Hiring a real estate lawyer may be far more important than you think, even if your realtor has promised you a smooth transition from escrow into your new home. Outside of buying and selling however, there are other things that you will want to […]

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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Boca Raton

February 28, 2011

South Florida Motorcycle Accidents If you’ve been injured or have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident in South Florida, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you seek medical treatment and can begin gathering evidence from your accident to support your claim against the negligent driver […]

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