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2021 Midwest Road, Suite 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Small businesses comprise a great deal of my client base. I incorporate their businesses, draft their contracts, and represent them in court. Our law firm is also a small business. This gives me a great deal of insight when serving my clients. The things I learn as my own business grows, I enjoying sharing with my clients - whether it be legal advice or practical advice. Here are 3 tips that I share with my clients.

  1. As a small business, I learn what type of things to include in contracts. Dealing with clients and third parties, I know the basic conflicts and communication issues that often arise. Ultimately, contracts are meant to memorialize relationships in the hopes of avoiding conflict. As I've learned the triggers that lead to conflict in my own practice, I have learned how to approach to drafting contracts for my clients as well.
  2. Incorporating is incredibly important for businesses. However, incorporating goes beyond simply filing papers with the state. There are often partnership dynamics, tax considerations, and other business considerations. Our own law firm consists of a partnership and we structured our firm with certain tax considerations in mind. I then have the benefit of imparting this wisdom onto our clients as well when helping clients choose how to incorporate and how to deal with business partners.
  3. I value professionalism in both my professional and personal life. I like good customer service, punctuality, and a job done right. I expect nothing less for myself and I understand how important appearing professional is important for my small business clients. I know that when I draft a contract for my client, it needs to look clean and be easy to read. I know that when I create the formal documents for an incorporation, it is done in a professional manner. Even when I represent my small business clients in court, it is important for the opposing counsel or judge to sense that my client is professional as a result of good choice of counsel.

Congratulations to our firm's Attorney Danya Shakfeh for being selected to Super Lawyer's Illinois Rising Star List. This honor is awarded to less than 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

Shakfeh Law is proud to provide the best quality service to our clients.

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Prior to the passage of Chapter 586, Florida Statutes, regulation of apiaries was in a state of chaos. Different counties, municipalities, and other local governments were regulating apiaries in different manners creating a patchwork of prohibition and permissibility across the state. However, with the passage of Chapter 586, Florida Statutes, the Florida State government preempted all local regulation of apiaries. The gist of Chapter 586, Florida Statutes, is that any individual may own a well organized apiary if it is registered with the State. Now, anyone, subject to restrictive covenants such as the ones contained in Home Owner's Associations, can own a beehive. Also noteworthy if Florida Administrative Code Chapter 5B-54 which spells out in more detail some of the procedures the state may take to prevent the outbreak of disease and introduction of pests. In summary, Chapter 586, Florida Statutes, is a slam dunk in the regulation of apiaries because it simplifies the rules.

Attorney Danya Shakfeh delivers a workshop on the basics of incorporation, business entities, and contracts in Illinois. This is a great workshop whether you are a new or established business. Danya goes over why incorporation is important and how you choose your business entity. Danya also discusses some basic principles, myths and truths about contracts. In the video are printable handouts in the 'About' section below the video that you can use to follow along.

Florida is one of the top destination states for beekeepers because of its warm climate and abundance of nectar producing flowers. However, like many other activities, Florida law dictates some of the things you can and can't do or should and shouldn't do. The good news is it's not that complicated. Florida Statutes pre-empt local ordinances regarding beekeeping (more to come on that in part 2) so you only have to worry about one level of government for purposes of the State. I recently obtained a hive so I thought I would share my legal research with everyone (what else do lawyers do when they get new things?) This series will be divided into three parts:

1) Tort liability of beekeeping,

2) regulation, and

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