Business and commercial law is a highly specialized field of law only a limited number of attorneys practice as compared to personal injury and criminal defense work. Most full-service business law firms provide a litany of business-related legal services including business litigation or representation for disputes involving contracts, non-compete agreements, insurance policies and claims that could result in a lawsuit, establishment of incorporation or restructuring, managing business transactions including M & A’s, joint venture ships and licensing agreements, partnership agreements and commercial contracts drafting review and negotiations. Also construction law issues like defects, liens, construction contracts, and licensing usually constitute a large part of their legal practice. Some business law professionals also handle many employment law issues besides employee contracts like sexual harassment claims, pay disputes, and severance agreements. These types of firms can be seen on both sides of the issues representing plaintiffs and claimants alike. The real key to a successful business law attorney/client relationship starts in the beginning phase of a business venture. Experienced business law attorneys can bring an awful lot of pragmatic advice on the structuring of a business especially one that is not simply a sole proprietorship. The attorneys at Heekin Law, P.A. have over 50 years of shared business law experience and handle all aspects of a commercial and business law practice including both transactional and litigation services for construction law, HOA and COA representation, estate planning, real estate, and appellate law.
In today’s technological world of quick access to legal forms and documents, it is not uncommon for some entrepreneurs to access the internet for advice and legal forms when starting a company. Many a commercial venture could have been spared missed opportunities and even costly mistakes if only they had acquired the advice and support of a business law attorney to ensure all compliances are complete and accurate. Starting a company is more than just the initial outline or plan. It involves considerable expertise if one is to avoid legal entanglements on many fronts including partners, employees, sub-contractors, material providers, government regulations, and due diligence. The engagement of a competent commercial business law attorney from the outset will ensure your enterprise is set on solid footing. From selecting the proper legal structure, drafting contracts, compliance with local, state, and federal regulations to reviewing leasing agreements for services and supplies, a business law attorney’s early involvement better equips them to defend any action or initiate any steps to protect your interests. Advise, draft, and construct the right business entity is essential to all businesses, and having a competent attorney to manage negotiations can help one achieve better terms than they would on their own. Additionally, as a business grows and matures, the likelihood of mergers, acquisitions, or expansions are better served with a competent legal source by your side. Geoff Heekin, Ariel Spires, and Chelsey Pankratz are licensed professionals whose broad-based legal knowledge is an asset worth investing in. Give us a call for a free, initial business consultation to discuss your business plans, review, defend, or resolve any issue your business might be encountering. From our offices in Jacksonville Florida, we service the needs of clients in all parts of Florida. Give us a call at 904-355-7000.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to