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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- New York
- Managing Attorney
- The Chidolue Law Firm
- - Current
- The George Washington University Law School
- J.D. (2005)
- The Florida Bar # 0124329
Articles & Publications
- How to Avoid Employee Lawsuits
- Altamonte-Wekiva Springs Life Magazine
Websites & Blogs
- The Chidolue Law Firm
- Orlando Business Attorneys
- The Many Pitfalls of DIY Estate Planning
29 May 2018
- Stepmothers v. Stepchildren: How Orlando Estate Planning Helps Avoid the Cliche Probate Battle
14 May 2018
- Revisiting Your Florida Estate Planning After Divorce
29 April 2018
- Orlando Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples
11 April 2018
- Florida Small Businesses Have New Protection to Fight “Drive-By” ADA Lawsuits
25 March 2018
- Theft of Trade Secrets Threatens Florida’s Small Businesses
10 March 2018
- Choosing the Best Business Structure for Your Small Family Business in Lake Mary
28 February 2018
- Orlando Estate Planning and Revision Critical Under New Tax Laws
14 February 2018
- Florida Trademark Litigation Pits Circus Against Singer
30 January 2018
17 Questions Answered
- Q. I work as a copywriter for a marketing agency and would like to put some of my best works in a physical portfolio.
- A: The answer to your question depends on the employment contract you signed with the marketing agency and whether you can share the portfolio. I would look to see what their requirement states first. As far as copyright law, technically if you were hired as a work for hire with all intellectual property belonging to the agency, that this will be considered the intellectual property of your marketing agency and not you.
- Q. I am an equal partner of a FL LLC with 2 others. They gave themselves raises and a bonus without my knowledge.
- A: What does your operating agreement say about distributions? That should be your first place to look at. If you guys don’t have one, this could potential cause a big issue especially since it’s a partnership, so have an attorney draft one for you guys that governs the different decisions that you all make. There will be other questions that need to be answered regarding the raise that was taken out. Was this salary for work done? How are you guys paid? Do you guys have an agreement that only majority needs to be present to vote as opposed to all for Salary or distribution amongst other things? It’s best to contact a lawyer to go over the exact scenario and get proper legal guiadance.
- Q. Can I reserve a name to be trademarked before I even start my new company?
- A: You can file for application for intent to use. However you will need to start using the mark within 6 months or pay to file an extension if you haven’t started using the mark by then.
- Q. Isn't an action without a meeting a violation on the Board's part of the Florida Sunshine Law?
- A: Here in Florida, meetings by the board are determined by or in accordance with the Bylaws of the Corporation, so that would be a good place to start. In any event, a special meeting can generally be called by The president, chair of the board of directors; board of directors; other officers or persons as are provided for in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws; and the holders of at least 5 percent of the voting power of a corporation when one or more written demands for the meeting, which describe the purpose for which the meeting is to be held, are signed, dated, and delivered to a corporate officer.
- Q. I was president of a company and of the board. I went and paid the employees of the company without board approval now
- A: Hi, your best bet would be to contact a business attorney who can review either your operating agreement or Bylaw to see what the expense clause says and how much you can use for a payment settlement without the approval of the board. That would be a good place to start from.
- Q. I created a character,at a small business I started, then I dissolved the business,can an ex employee, make claim to it
- A: Without more it is difficult to determine but the question would be, did the employee create it while under your employment and did you have an agreement that basically said anything created by an employee for the employer belongs to the company etc or did you yourself create the character? Definitely give an attorney a call, with these questions in mind to better advice you.
- Q. I'm salary non exempt manager for a dunking donuts work 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40 hours.
- A: If you are non exempt and are working more than 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40, you most likely have a right to over time and possibly back payment of any overtime you haven’t been paid for. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible
- Q. I owe my boss money from a loan can they take my my check
- A: The information you provided is quite vague. The answer would depend on if you signed a repayment agreement or promissory note, Is your boss the employer or owner of the company? What type of loan did you take out, a 401k etc? Having an attorney review your loan agreement will be your best option.
- Q. Can I just use a LegalZoom form to create a will or do I need to hire an attorney?
- A: The answer to the question will be dependent on you and what is more important to you. If you value having a trusted advisor who knows your case in and out and you can come back to at any point in your life, you would be better off hiring an attorney. There are many able and skilled attorneys on this platform for you to choose from. Hope this helps.
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