Questions arise all the time about what does a commercial lawyer do, and who can benefit most from their unique legal talents and services. Commercial or Business law attorneys specialize in legal matters that pertain to all different types of businesses including commercial entities, construction firms, homeowner associations, and real estate transactions and disputes. Business lawyers in most cases practice both transaction law; contract drafting, business formations, non-compete agreements, construction agreements and association documents, and litigation law; handling business, contract and shareholder disputes as well as construction defects, liens, and association covenants and restriction enforcement. To put it simply, they assist with business transactions, and legal issues arising from disputes requiring actions, motions, and legal issues with the court. These legal professionals are well versed in all aspects of business transactions and can give advice and counsel on mergers and acquisitions, labor negotiations, and even company dissolutions. Business owners, managers, and even individuals typically hire business law attorneys to amicably resolve issues through negotiation or mediation to avoid costly litigation. When disputes erupt, experienced commercial attorneys try and create durable outcomes while maintaining core business relationships even in the face of pending litigation.
Business law attorneys have responsibilities to commercial endeavors and are therefore obligated to assist with business transactions that are both legal and valid. Protecting the best interest of the business from harm starts with keeping the business from violating various laws and rules. Legal representatives understand the ever-changing jurisdictional laws and proactively advise clients to keep businesses from incurring violations. Commercial or business law attorneys analyze changing conditions in contractional agreements, determining loopholes, and taking corrective action to minimize legal exposure. Additionally, business law attorneys are experienced in dealing with many different contractual, professional, and even governmental entities that may be involved in a procedure, negotiation, enforcement or adjudication of a legal dispute.
When a company, corporation, sole proprietorship, franchise, or other business enterprise has various needs that need to be protected, a business or commercial lawyer should be engaged or retained. Expeditious procurement of counsel ensures your transactions are protected and that the documentation if both valid and legitimate. Protection at all times can also head off issues that could result in costly litigation. At Heekin Law, P.A. our lead business law attorneys Geoff Heekin, Ariel Spires, and Chelsey Pankratz have over 50 years of shared legal experience practicing both transactional and litigation law. Their primary goal is the protection of the assets, both tangible and intangible, and interests of a business. That starts with business contract creation or review which could involve partners, employees, projects, ventures, individuals, service providers, sub-contractors, or companies with similar concerns. Our business law practice extends to all parts of Florida supporting such entities as Enterprise Structures, Commercial Businesses, Construction Firms, Condo and Home Owner Associations, Real Estate Landlords, and Developers. We have extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels. And are licensed to practice in all state courts in the State of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal 11th Circuit, and the United States District Court for both the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. We even defend FDUTPA Claims and Civil RICO actions. Heekin Law, P.A. offers free, no-obligation consultations in protective settings. Give us a call at 904-355-7000
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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