Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about Chapkin Law

What types of cases does Chapkin Law handle?

Chapkin Law primarily handles transactional and litigation matters related to business, contracts and real estate. We help businesses form and draft their governing documents. We also draft and negotiate vendor contracts, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, waivers, contractor agreements, interior design agreements, physician employment agreements, service contracts, influencer agreements, modeling contracts, residential and commercial leases, asset purchase agreements, attend real estate closings and much more. On the litigation side, we enforce contracts, defend contractual disputes, handle business torts and collect unpaid balances. Chapkin Law also handles specific performance cases, seller disclosure disputes, escrow deposit disputes, encroachment issues, lease disputes, evictions and partition actions. At this time, we do not represent residential tenants in evictions or handle foreclosure defense cases. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how Chapkin Law can assist you.

How will I be charged for legal services provided?

Legal fees are our charges for services. We do not handle any matters on a contingency fee basis. Litigation matters are typically billed at an hourly rate. Contractual and transactional matters are typically charged on a flat-fee basis. We will also charge a flat fee to send a demand letter. Chapkin Law accepts credit cards, checks and e-checks.

Is the information I tell my lawyer confidential?

Certain communications between attorney and client are confidential. This is known as “attorney-client privilege.” Because of attorney-client privilege, you can give your lawyer all of the facts relevant to your matter without fear that prejudicial information will become public. Not all attorney-client communications are privileged. The privilege only arises when the client reveals information, in confidence, to obtain legal advice or services. Attorney-client privilege may be waived if third parties such as family members and friends are present during the conversations or are included in e-mail communications. Information that you give your lawyer that is not privileged, is instead treated as confidential, and as such, may be disclosed in certain circumstances. If you’re unsure about whether your communications are protected by attorney-client privilege, please contact Chapkin Law and we will provide further guidance.

Do I need a business attorney?

Whether you need a business attorney depends on various factors such as the complexity of your business, the industry you operate in, and your future plans. Here are some scenarios where having a business attorney could be beneficial:

  1. Legal Structure: If you’re starting a business, an attorney can advise you on the best legal structure (e.g., sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation) based on your goals and circumstances.
  2. Contracts: Business attorneys can draft, review, and negotiate contracts with suppliers, clients, employees, and other parties to protect your interests and ensure legal compliance.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Depending on your industry, you may be subject to various regulations and compliance requirements. A business attorney can help you understand these obligations and ensure that your business operates within the law.
    Dispute Resolution: In the event of disputes with customers, suppliers, or employees, an attorney can represent your interests and help resolve the matter through negotiation, mediation, or litigation if necessary.
  4. Business Transactions: Whether you’re buying or selling a business, merging with another company, or entering into a joint venture, an attorney can guide you through the transaction and ensure that your interests are protected.

Ultimately, while you may not need a business attorney for every aspect of your business, having one can provide valuable legal expertise and peace of mind, especially as your business grows and faces new challenges. It’s worth considering consulting with a business attorney to assess your specific needs and determine the best course of action. Please contact us to learn more about how Chapkin Law can help your business.

Should I hire a real estate attorney?

Whether you need a real estate attorney depends on the complexity of your real estate transactions and your level of comfort with legal matters related to property. There are situations where hiring a real estate attorney could be beneficial, such as:

  1. Purchase or Sale of Property: If you’re buying or selling real estate, especially commercial properties or residential properties with unique circumstances, a real estate attorney can review contracts, negotiate terms, and ensure that the transaction complies with relevant laws and regulations.
  2. Title Issues: Real estate attorneys can conduct title searches to ensure that the property you’re buying has a clear title and is free from any encumbrances or legal issues. They can also address any title defects or disputes that arise during the transaction.
  3. Contract Review and Negotiation: Whether you’re entering into a lease agreement, purchase agreement, or other real estate contract, a real estate attorney can review the terms, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that your interests are protected.
    Zoning and Land Use Matters: If you’re dealing with zoning regulations, land use issues, or permits for development projects, a real estate attorney can provide guidance and help navigate the regulatory landscape.
  4. Property Disputes: In the event of disputes with neighbors, tenants, or other parties regarding real estate matters, a real estate attorney can represent your interests and help resolve the dispute through negotiation, mediation, or litigation if necessary.
  5. Real Estate Development: If you’re involved in real estate development projects, a real estate attorney can assist with land acquisition, financing, construction contracts, regulatory compliance, and other legal aspects of the development process.
  6. Real Estate Investment: For real estate investors, a real estate attorney can provide advice on structuring investments, forming legal entities (such as LLCs or partnerships), drafting partnership agreements, and mitigating risks associated with real estate investments.

While hiring a real estate attorney may incur additional costs, their expertise can help prevent costly mistakes, mitigate risks, and ensure that your real estate transactions proceed smoothly. If you’re unsure whether you need a real estate attorney for a particular situation, consider consulting with Chapkin Law to assess your needs and explore your options.

Do I need a lawyer to draft or review my contract?

Hiring a lawyer to draft your contract can be a prudent decision, especially for important or complex agreements. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to hire a lawyer:

  1. Legal Expertise: Lawyers have the expertise to draft contracts that are legally sound and enforceable. They can ensure that the terms of the contract comply with relevant laws and regulations, as well as address potential legal risks and liabilities.
  2. Customization: A lawyer can tailor the contract to your specific needs and circumstances. They can draft provisions that protect your interests and address any unique aspects of the agreement.
  3. Clarity and Precision: Lawyers are skilled at drafting contracts with clear and precise language. This can help avoid misunderstandings and disputes down the line by ensuring that all parties have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations.
  4. Risk Management: Contracts are legal documents that can have significant consequences if not drafted correctly. A lawyer can help identify potential risks and liabilities associated with the agreement and draft provisions to mitigate those risks.
  5. Enforceability: A well-drafted contract is more likely to be enforceable in court if a dispute arises. Lawyers understand the legal requirements for enforceable contracts and can draft agreements that are more likely to hold up in court.

Ultimately, the decision to hire a lawyer to draft your contract depends on factors such as the complexity of the agreement, your familiarity with legal concepts, and your budget. If you’re unsure whether you need a lawyer for a particular contract, consider consulting with Chapkin Law to assess your needs and explore your options.

Can a business represent itself in court?

In Florida, a business cannot represent itself in matters where the amount in dispute is over $8,000.00. For matters where the amount in controversy is over $8,000.00 a business must be represented by a lawyer. Chapkin Law represents businesses in litigated matters throughout the State of Florida. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist with your business litigation needs.

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